Premiere: We Set Sail launches the thundering single ‘The Valium Phase’ ahead of album release

We are very pleased to premiere the opening track to Brisbane band We Set Sail‘s forthcoming third album ‘Ritual and Ceremony’. And it’s a blinder. ‘The Valium Phase’ is an explosive, passionate blast to the ears – stabbing guitars and pounding rhythms with vocals that bleed emotion and wrench the heart.

This track has a guileless urgency and power to it – the prowling feedback set back in the distance creating an ominous drone, the thundering guitars forming a wall of sound and the vocal layers pure and unadulterated. The vocals indeed are melodic and unhinged as the lines what if we run away? form a repetitive mantra.

And as impactful and at times as brutal the music is, there is a wry sense of humour in the lyrics that creates a great tension:

You’re so perfect but not in a medical way, the strength it takes to be with me

The fantastic video is a dedication to all of us music obsessives out there – with snippets of movies reflecting musical obsession. The impossible joy, the deepest of pain and the indelible memories, all captured in film – a catalogue of our lives inescapably intertwined with sound:

These are at times pognant vignettes with the passionate and driving soundtrack of ‘The Valium Phase’ adding a certain lustre.

In advance of the release of this track, the band creatively put out a call to their fans for their views on the best opening track of an album – you can listen to the Spotify link here for the results.

‘The Valium Phase’ follows the epic single ‘Well, that’s 13 years of my life I’ll never get back’ – a celebration of musical longevity, friendship, and a sense of achievement that is rarely experienced by bands who don’t make it this far. And showcasing the wry sense of humour this band has – they’ve been together 13 years, of course.

The track is another epic anthemic and elegant track imbued with intelligence and passion:

This is a very exciting band.

‘Ritual and Ceremony’ is out through those legends at False Peak Records – you can pre-order through the link below:

Feature Photograph: Luke Henery

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