Meet Hellions: Hardcore from Down Under

hellionsint1_375xMeet the mighty Hellions, hardcore from Down Under, featuring ex-members of The Bride and House VS Hurricane.  Their latest magnum opus is entitled Die Young, now available worldwide from the folks at UNFD.  An thoroughly exhilarating collection of anthems destined to make you want to take on the world, Die Young is a sonic experience that is not to be missed.  Currently hitting the road throughout Australia with A Skylit Drive, No Bragging Rights, and label mates Dream On Dreamer, we caught up with one of the Hellions crew mid-tour to find out more about this dynamic new band on the rise.  Read on…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Hellions, and how long the band has been together.
I’m Anthony and I play drums in Hellions. We have been a band for about 11 months now!

Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
Hellions are based out of the East Coast of Australia. We have three members based out of Sydney, one member based in Brisbane and the other based in Melbourne. The music scene in Australia is going strong! There are more and more people going to shows and everyone is lucky enough to have bands constantly coming through, including internationals.
Some awesome local bands are Bare Bones, Thesis and Trophy Eyes. All really raw punk sounding bands and great dudes. Definitely check them out!

Is there any story or concept behind the title Die Young?
Die Young can be taken however an individual would like to perceive it. It is intentionally ambiguous but to us, it’s not about dying at a young age, it’s more about keeping a youthful spirit and mentality throughout your whole life. That’s how we take on life I guess and it seemed fitting with the themes of the songs and lyrics through the album.

hellionsdieyoung1Select two songs from Die Young and what inspired the lyrics.
The Penultimate Year‘ – This song is kind of told as a story. It is about talented people, whether it be musicians, artists or anyone really, who seem to be overlooked by the general public and the industry. The talented being surrounded by a sea of somewhat less talented people who are more successful.
The lyrics were inspired by a story about an extremely talented and world renowned violinist who has had a lot of success. He partook in a social experiment where he busked in a busy train station wearing a disguise and was completely ignored by the public.
Its a general insight as to how different industries work and how the media can persuade the public and tell them what the should and should not like.

The Grandfather Clock‘ – This one is a rather personal song which is also told as a story. It is about struggle with illness, addiction, alcoholism and death. The song really hits home for most of us in the band and I suggest you check out the lyrics to fully understand the story behind what inspired the song.

How did your tour with Attila go and what have been some of the highlights?
The tour was great! It was our first national tour as Hellions and we couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick it off. The dudes were a bunch of fun to hang out with and we loved sharing the stage with them. A highlight for me would probably be the night we out partied the band who are notorious for partying! I won’t go into too much detail about that though!

What are you looking forward to the most about the upcoming Loveless Tour with Dream On Dreamer?
We are almost at the halfway mark of the Loveless tour and it has been so much fun so far!  Coming into the tour I was looking forward to hanging out with our long time friends in Dream On Dreamer and making new friends with the dudes in A Skylit Drive and No Bragging Rights. I was also looking forward to playing at some of the awesome venues on the tour and playing to people who we haven’t played to before.
The tour has been unbelievable so far and we have had a lot of fun with all of the bands. I’m excited for the rest!

What could one expect from a live Hellions show?
You can expect five dudes putting absolutely everything we have into performing. We are a passionate bunch and really get lost in the songs and try stay as energetic as possible.
You can expect our guitarist Lewis to be climbing on something, vocalist Dre to be dancing like he’s in a club, guitarist Matt to be yelling at his guitar and moving his head around so quick that you can’t see his face, bassist Dylan to be running around the stage or venue and doing some of the highest punk jumps you’ll ever see and for myself to be hitting the fuck out of the drums at the back while looking like some sort of sweaty animal.
We are all about a big family vibe and we love getting the audience involved in our shows. We always encourage people to get up and share the stage with us!

Any strange or scary happenings from the road or at a show you could share?
Not from the road but when we were recording ‘Die Young‘, we did it at a studio in Thailand. Down the road from the studio was a haunted house that was burnt down because the locals believed it had evil spirits lurking inside. We couldn’t help but check it out and it was creepy as fuck! There were shrines dedicated to the family that lived there and everything. The scariest thing we probably encountered while we were in there though was the giant rat that ran into our producers foot while walking around in the dark!

If Hellions could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
I’m gonna have to say Slipknot. Everyone in the Hellions loves that band and would probably give a nut to open for them. They are the coolest fucking band in the world, it’s self explanatory!

Any chance of Hellions making your way over to the States to do some shows and have you ever played over here before?
We would love to get over to the US! It is definitely on our list of things to do and we can’t wait to get over there. We haven’t played there as Hellions before unfortunately but hopefully in the not to distant future, we can!

What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most after hearing your music for the first time?
Hopefully they will be able to appreciate the versatility of the songs and see that we are trying to do something a little different which will hopefully leave them wanting to come back for more! We want the listener to leave feeling satisfied and sort of take them on an emotional journey from start to finish.

Any final words of wisdom?
To the wild ones; live at your own pace.

Hellions is:
Dre Faivre – Vocals
Matthew Gravolin – Guitar / Vocals
Lewis Usher – Guitar
Dylan Stark – Bass
Anthony Caruso – Drums/ Percussion

(Interview by Ken Morton)

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