Melbourne alternative rock band Reside have enlisted the vocal power of Bloom‘s Jono Hawkey on eclectic new single “Palace“. The new single has been teased at live shows over the last 12 months and will finally see its own launch show on June 10 in Melbourne.
The ‘Palace’ described in Reside’s latest single is not only a physical space serving as a layer of protection from the violence and evils of the outside world, but is also a metaphysical escape our consciousness creates in times of stress or anxiety. Reside explore the detriments of overstaying in the idyllic safe space.
“It’s a series of moments and a journey of emotions taking the listener from section to section,” explains vocalist Liam Guinane. “What starts as a feel-good, club disco inspired number turns abruptly into a cathartic slap in the face, questioning whether this place is really good for us in the long term. Heavily mirroring the initial feelings of what used to be satisfying downtime, the track lyrically moves through waves of paranoia and mental autopilot, to then being resuscitated to a cold, harsh reality, shaking and begging you to ‘wake up’.“
A smattering of effects alter Guinane’s vocal performance throughout to juxtapose differing characters until the climax of the song leads into one last attempt to pull the cord from the listener’s head. Here enters the grizzly tones of Bloom vocalist Jono Hawkey, attempting to resuscitate the protagonist from their pacified state.
Reside formed in 2017 with the longstanding original lineup of vocalist Liam Guinane, guitarists Ariel Johnson and Will Eggleton, bassist Salé Brown and drummer and keyboardist Dylan Houston. Since then Reside have solidified themselves a place in the alternative music community and have managed to capture and engage a very dedicated and loyal fan base.
The band’s last standalone single “Fallen” released in 2020 and premiered at Pilerats, who highlighted that the single “[continues] to emphasise this grand and somewhat cinematic take on emo-rock that’s become really unique to Reside“. Hysteria Mag coined it a “rocking anthemic track”, Music Feeds weighed in with: “This is arena-sized emo rock… think Angels And Airwaves meets Bring Me The Horizon”, triple j’s Richard Kingsmill reviewed with a four star “Houston, we have lift off” and Tone Deaf affirmed that Reside have “proven to be a real force to be reckoned with”.
Reside ticked off the main stage at UNIFY Gathering in 2020 after winning the triple j Unearthed opener competition. In amongst this the band have played multiple sold out headline shows and have toured across the country with bands to the likes of Eat Your Heart Out, Windwaker and very recently, Columbus. Reside have also supported artists including Palaye Royale (US), Casey (UK), The Beautiful Monument, Young Lions, Stuck Out and they’ll join Canada’s Marianas Trench this September.
“Palace” feat. Jono Hawkey is available now and streaming on all platforms.