An Ode To Silverchair And The Sounds That Helped Form Late 90s' New Single 'Die To Heal'

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Late 90s are an alternative rock, grunge band from Perth. Late 90s are an alternative rock, grunge band from Perth.

West Australian alt-rock, grunge band Late 90s continue to build momentum with their latest release, 'Die To Heal'.

Moody, bruised and stark instrumentation plus piercing, burning vocals is offset by chugging riffs, epic guitar hooks, and a tight, cohesive rhythm section that takes no prisoners, which makes 'Die To Heal' a worthy addition to any alternative rock playlist.

Fronted by Stephen Loreck, the band also features Zaac Morgan, Brody Morgan and Elliot Lee; on 'Die To Heal' they recorded at Hopping Mouse Studios, working with Matthew Templeman (Birds Of Tokyo, Sly Withers) on production and Simon Struthers (Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Karnivool) on final mastering.

"The song is about how acknowledgement and acceptance of your troubles is a part of the healing process: 'You gotta feel to heal.'," Loreck says.

"It is easy to ignore problems in your life, however if you don't acknowledge them, you may never move on or feel as you did before.

"Sometimes it's only when you're watching someone else go through tough times that you can realise this, and it's painful to watch your friends go down a bad path – 'You're so stuck in this left lane, my heart is starting to ache'."

Ahead of support shows for fellow Perth locals Ratking and Pot Plant House Party in early July, Stephen shares a few thoughts behind the creative influences of 'Die To Heal' – and it's no surprise the leading protagonist is alternative legends Silverchair.

"'Neon Ballroom', Silverchair's third album, has to be a huge influence on our latest track.

"I love nothing more than to scream out the lyrics to a good power ballad or head-bang to a sick riff.

"So naturally, the mix between power ballads in tracks like 'Miss You Love', 'Emotion Sickness' and 'Ana's Song', and then the pure riffage in 'Anthem For The Year 2000' and 'Spawn' is what makes this album so bloody good.

"Along with Daniel Johns unbelievable voice and melodies, there's no denying the influence this album had on 'Die To Heal'.

"Along with Neon Ballroom," adds Stephen, "'Die To Heal' took inspiration from some other incredible artists, hopefully providing some new recommendations for your playlist too!"

Smashing Pumpkins - 'Tonight Tonight'

Violent Soho - 'So Sentimental'


Slowly Slowly - 'Racecar Blues'

Basement - 'Covet'

Late 90s 2022 Tour Dates

Sat 2 Jul - Badlands Bar (Perth)* supporting Ratking
Fri 8 Jul - Amplifier (Perth)* supporting Pot Plant House Party



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