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We pick the hottest new acts so you can tell your friends you heard them first. Meet Australian rockers Between You & Me on their new album 'Armageddon'.
The road to Between You & Me’s long-awaited sophomore album Armageddon has been anything but easy – but the resulting ten track record proves the silver lining at the end of it all.
Beginning with the band’s tour in North America in March 2020, the initial plan was to record the record with Canadian producer Sam Guiana. However, the early stages of the global pandemic had other plans, and Between You & Me were forced to return home to Australia. With band members spread between Sydney, Melbourne, and Bateman’s Bay, it was never going to be easy.
But Between You & Me weren’t ready to accept defeat. And after navigating months of lockdown, they were able to secure an exemption to bring Guiana to Australia to record. A lot can change in ten months, and while initially disheartened, the result is the most collaborative Between You & Me effort to date.
Armageddon is exactly the full-force return Between You & Me fans were hoping for – but it might not quite be the album fans expected. While building on the pop-punk roots they established on their debut album Everything is Temporary, the album also sees Between You & Me experimenting with different facets of their sound and expanding into more refined, bright pop-infused alt-rock. Punchy and hard hitting when it needs to be, but not afraid to dive into the shine and euphoria of power-pop – and the band have never sounded bigger.
Each band member brought something new to the table, with Armageddon seeing Between You & Me dissecting the state of the world around them, while also looking inwards and confronting their own place within it. The end result – Armageddon is Between You & Me’s biggest statement yet.
Whilst it took three years between releases, the journey to release ‘Armageddon’ has certainly shaped the way it sounds. The past 18 months has given us the chance to pause and reflect on the opportunities that we have in front of us. We get to write and perform music for people across the world and this release has become monumental for us. Whilst it has been an extremely difficult period for our band to navigate, ‘Armageddon’ certainly wouldn’t have turned out the way it did without all the challenges along the way.”
To celebrate the release of their sophomore album Armageddon, and because they now have two albums named after a single on the record, Between You & Me are sharing their favourite album title tracks.
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Between You & Me share their favourite album title tracks:
Between You & Me – Armageddon
“The title track off our latest album, Armageddon, was the first song that we wrote for the album. The song shaped many of the key themes for the album and was a special track to write. Sonically, the track is a lot different to anything we’ve ever written but we knew it had to be on the album.”
Green Day – American Idiot
“American Idiot was released in 2004 when I was in primary school. The album is one of those albums that got me into punk music and going to live shows. American Idiot was one of the biggest rock albums I can remember.”
Metallica – Master of Puppets
“‘Master of Puppets’ was one of those tracks that first got me interested in music and playing guitar. The intro riff is nostalgic and brings back memories of learning guitar in my bedroom.”
Yellowcard – Ocean Avenue
“A song that first got me into ‘pop punk’, ‘Ocean Avenue’ just reminds me of summer and long drives in the car, playing my Ocean Avenue CD in my discman.”
Story of the Year – Page Avenue
“Story of the Year were one of those bands that I will forever remember for their live performance. I remember coming home from a Story of the Year show and thinking that if I ever joined a band, I’d want to replicate their live energy.”
Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Californication
“Could not have done this list without including this classic track. ‘Californication’ is one of the first guitar riffs I learnt as a kid.”
Taylor Swift – Evermore (ft. Bon Iver)
“Evermore came out at the end of 2020, as we’d just finished recording the album. One night, driving home alone after long hours in the studio, I listened to the entire album. The last track on the album was ‘Evermore’ and it has Bon Iver featured. I love both artists and their voices work so well together. I remember feeling so absorbed in the song on the first listen.”
Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
“I remember seeing Mumford & Sons at a music festival on their first visit to Australia. They opened their set with ‘Sigh No More’, which involved everyone in the band singing and harmonising. I was truly blown away with their talent and the song is so powerful!”
Transit – Listen & Forgive
” The song writing of Transit was always something that I admired and this track is so perfectly crafted – it had to make the list.”
The Story So Far – Proper Dose
“Nothing says Between You & Me are on tour more than putting on Proper Dose. This album was released just after we first started going on long tours and the long drives that come with it. Will forever remind me of being in a band and touring.”
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