Void Of Vision: To The People That Give A Fuck
It is important in life as in music to keep an open mind AND ready yourself to take opportunities when they are presented, and from whichever avenue they come. There are no set paths to success, and there is no blueprint to follow – it is merely about grasping your moment when it presents itself, and setting yourself in for the ride.
Vocalist Jack Bergin from Melbourne’s Void of Vision laughs as he recounts the unlikely setting from which his musical career gained traction.
“Matt, the bassist, was actually my manager at Maccas several years ago,” he recalled. “He was a cool boss: he would bring in Parkway Drive DVDs to the staff room to watch during breaks, and we got along pretty well. Basically, he was recording a band that broke up, and he began his own band. He asked me to join on vocals, and from there, my friend George – who is a drummer – came in and we clicked and went from there.”
Now, three years later, Void of Vision are preparing to release their debut album, Children of Chrome, and Bergin feels that despite their relative inexperience in the music industry, the band is in a powerful position both musically and professionally.
“We wanted to make a bit of a statement,” he said of the album. “Not necessarily too strong, but we wanted to involve the audience a lot more – feeling like they can help us to make a change and know they are the future, and a part of what this world will become. We believe strongly that everyone craves change, but very few actually choose to take action and make a point to try and enforce it. The ‘Children of Chrome’ are the people who care – the people that give a fuck. In a world that’s always growing with power, greed and a political monopoly, we need it more than anything else at the moment… And it starts with us.”
“We really need to not just open our mouth when the violence escalates, but prevent it happening tomorrow, or next week, or next year.”
While not a political band as such, Void of Vision do use their music to spread a message, and subjects on the album range from homophobia to the senseless slaughter of whales. Bergin says that the current state of affairs both internationally and domestically is a constant source of inspiration.
“The fact that the world is filled with a lot of hate at the moment – and that is only getting worse – is inspiration in itself,” he offered. “People hate simply because they’re taught to hate. People have been teaching others to hate through ignorance, and I feel like our generation is becoming a product of that ignorance, leading us to believe hat the human race is segregated – I don’t understand how people can believe that one person is any better or worse than another. I can’t stress enough that we are all one and the same. Hate leads to violence, and the world we live in communicates through violence. We really need to not just open our mouth when the violence escalates, but prevent it happening tomorrow, or next week, or next year. There’s a better way of living, and I feel like the anger won’t subside until that happens.”
Void of Vision are embarking on a national tour to promote the album, and Bergin says that the band are looking forward to the challenge of performing new material.
“Fans can expect a step up in our live game,” he promised. “I feel like playing all of these new songs rekindles our love for playing music. There’s nothing against our old material, but I’m sure fellow musicians can relate – you get sick of playing your old stuff over and over again, especially when you’re sitting on new stuff. We can’t wait to show all these people what we’ve been working on in that environment. Live performances are a big part of this band and it’s important to showcase that.”
Void Of Vision / Justice For The Damned / She Cries Wolf
Friday October 21st – Workers Club, Melbourne (18+)
Saturday October 22nd – Fowlers Live, Adelaide (AA)
Sunday October 23rd – Phoenix Youth Centre, Melbourne (AA)
Friday October 28th – Red Rattler, Sydney (AA)
Saturday October 29th – Drone, Newcastle (AA)
Sunday October 30th – Phoenix Arts Theatre, Brisbane (AA)