Today, Obscura Hail – the Melbourne-via-Wollongong indie rock trio, helmed by musician Sean Conran, announce their new EP Siren which will be out Friday 18 September via Dot Dash / Remote Control, digitally and as a Siren EP / Zero EP combined 12″ vinyl. New single ‘Doomer’ is the first taste off the EP and comes with an accompanying video which you can watch here.
“Born in the age of information, the Doomer is fatalistic, apathetic, a symptom of the overwhelming awareness of suffering outside of their control.” explains Conran. “The instrumentation is our heaviest yet, to give a voice to the guilt, shame, anger and frustration that comes with feeling powerless.
Using Obscura Hail as a vessel, Conran is externalising memory for the sake of preservation. Over an untold number of late-night recording sessions in an evolving ad-hoc home studio, Conran has amassed a rich musical archive of alternating styles and an obsessive commitment to songwriting as a craft.
A project that began as a way to remember, Conran shares – “Obscura Hail began as a routine of externalising memory for the sake of preservation due to a fear of Alzheimer’s. It was brought on by receiving my first amalgam filling; to carry on a legacy, to calcify meaning and importance of my lived experience, should I need reminding.”
The full Obscura Hail band displays cross-sections of Conran’s personal routine. Balanced out by Tamara Issa (bass, vocals) and Kaelan Edmond (drums), Obscura Hail combines biting guitars, beautiful harmonies, atmospheric acoustic percussion, loops and drum machines to deliver something dynamic and existentially curated. Should you be in the right place at the right time; you might also witness an accompanying set of home-stitched visuals that translate the themes of these seemingly optimistic songs in a way you cannot unsee.
Siren EP follows the release of last years Zero EP which saw Obscura Hail looking inwards and focusing on themes including mortality, personal values and a touch of hopelessness. As a counterbalance to Zero, the forthcoming Siren EP is Conran’s words “is charged with an optimistic, though anxious energy… A fight or flight response to the instability of our modern world at this time.”
The release of Zero EP saw the band widely supported across Australian radio – reaching #1 on the AMRAP metro charts soon after release in November 2019. Amassing a fiercely loyal following, the band have sold out their last three headline launches in Melbourne. They’ve appeared at Brunswick Music Festival, Sydney Road Street Festival, By The Meadow, Changes Festival, Kyneton Music Festival, Isol-Aid Festival & Bigsound 2019 as well as sharing stages with Kele Okereke (Block Party), Aldous Harding, Julia Jacklin, Cam Avery (Tame Impala, Pond), Soaked Oats and Bad//Dreems.
Pre-order / Pre-save Obscura Hail – Siren EP: obscurahail.lnk.to/