Premiere: Scarlet Drive make a return with new single, Not My Problem
After calling a hiatus with the release of their last single in 2019, the group come back together - ironically through isolation.
If you've been keeping an eye on the Perth indie-rock world for a few years now (or have even been reading us for a similar amount of time), chances are you've already come across Scarlet Drive in the past. Originally causing a stir with their earliest work back in 2017, the group made an entrance into Australian alt-rock with 2018's debut EP Echoes of Apprehension - a six-track collection of tracks that showcased their growth over the years, and led to further evolution and maturation in the few singles that litter their discography since.
In the midst of last year, however, things started to come to an end. With the Pilerats-premiered single Ghosted, the group announced a little hiatus for the foreseeable future, as their long-time bassist Maddey Eccleston moved on, with the group welcoming two new members - bassist Sebastian Fazzari and drummer Conor Warrilow - which of course came with months of work to get them up to scratch; learning a discography dating back three years is a difficult feat to nail out, let alone the writing of new material.
Now, ironically in a state of isolation, the group are coming together again. Overcoming the distance between New South Wales and West Australia (where the bands four members are split amongst) through internet collaboration, Not My Problem - somehow - feels tighter than ever. It's a thundering two-minutes-thirty that bursts out the gates and doesn't slow down from there; a nostalgic, 2000s-alt-rock-reminiscent sound entering the forefront amongst crashing guitar melodies and frantic percussion that gives the single a little more of an upbeat edge compared to the past work.
Through in the vocals of frontman Michael ‘Milli’ Millimaci and a boosted bass-line by newcoming member Sebastian Fazzari, and you have a quick-firing and anthemic display of what Scarlet Drive do best, brought into a new era that feels unlike their past work but distinctive of the sound they've crafted and built upon over the years. "We’d been sitting on this song for almost two years, only busting it out at one live show," says guitarist Michael Madafferi on the track. "The timing just felt right to put out some fun back into the world and come together with our listeners beyond our isolated boundaries."
Not My Problem is fun and full of life, showing how the band can still soar and thrive even while split thousands of kilometres away from one another. It's a track that really opens the gates for the group, and with more to come, we're sure they're not going to disappear from the limelight anytime soon. In the meantime, however, dive into Not My Problem below:
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