We are very honoured to premiere the fantastic new single ‘Labour In Vain’ from inner west of Eora/Sydney residents Mac The Knife: a zesty, shouty reverberating and thunderous piece of punky rock that echoes inside the skull and does a little slam dance. The thoroughly enjoyable and cathartic wall of sound is augmented by the passionate vocals that recall The Clash with their urgency and visceral delivery, while the music is a Tsunami of guitars that thunders and roars over the sonic landscape.
Frontman Bryn Chapman Parish talks about the empowering meaning behind ‘Labour in Vain’:
Throughout the last few years, thanks to a bunch of therapy, I’ve realised how much weight I put on the opinions of others. A back-breaking amount of weight, in fact. I’m in the uniquely frustrating position of being a socially anxious extrovert. On the one hand, I’m a social butterfly who craves constant interaction. But on the other, I’ve spent countless nights fretting over a stranger’s opinion and endless mornings regretting interactions and replaying conversations. ‘Labour In Vain’ is a battle cry to triumph over the fear of judgements of others. This song is a love letter to being a better you, acknowledging your shit and working through it. But more importantly, to be happy with who you are without the validation of others.
A paean to reliance and inner strength: a much needed dose in today’s troubled times. This is a band that has all the vitality, excitement and sense of danger as contemporaries like IDLES, Fontaines D.C and fellow Australians Johnny Hunter:
‘Labour in Vain’ is out tomorrow (14 October 2022) and available through all the usual download/streaming sites.
To coincide with the release, the band will launch the single live at the House of Music and Booze, St. Peters, on Friday, 28 October 2022. Details below and tickets available here.
Mac The Knife have previously sold-out headline shows in Eora/Sydney and shared stages with the likes of Polish Club, Triple One, Johnny Hunter and Eliza and the Delusionals.
As a matter of further interest, Parish is also an esteemed actor who stars as Spencer ‘Spider’ White in Netflix’s reboot of Heartbreak High; currently the #6 most watched TV show globally on the streaming platform.