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Billy Talent: Australian Heights

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On Friday, July 29th, Canadian punk rock heroes Billy Talent released their fifth studio effort Afraid Of Heights. With a world getting madder by the hour, it couldn’t have been better timed. Salvation was guaranteed with the band announced a run of headline Australian tour dates to reinforce the release. BLUNT caught up with guitarist Ian D’Sa to speak about the bands triumphant return Down Under, and the opus they shall be bearing.

We heard it’s getting cold down there. I don’t think any of us are prepared. Probably a good idea to bring a heavy jacked eh?

I mean, we complain but to be real our winter is like, 20’c.
Oh really? That’s nothing. It was 20 here the other night and that’s our summer!

I’m glad we got that out of the way now, you’ll be here as soon as August. It feels like Australia always has a spot right at the top of your album tours which logistically is a lot of effort, do I dare say we hold a special place in your heart?
Oh absolutely. It’s the furthest place from home for us…except we love coming down there. It’s just like Canada except the weather is awesome. And you have beaches…we love it down there, it’s great. We have friends down there. I produced a band called The Lazys’ from Sydney as well. I actually saw them at CMW and I became good friends with them…they’re going to be opening up the Sydney and Melbourne shows. We’ve become really good pals; they call me an honouree Australian.

Oh, well, once you produce one of our artists you are an honouree Australian. You won’t even need a Visa.
They’ve even taught me a lot of Aussie slang; I’m looking forward to having an ‘arvo frothy’.

So Afraid Of Heights is out Friday, July 29, which is rad, my birth is actually the 24th, but what’s a few days between friends? What’s the climate like with the band around the release?
Oh dude, happy Birthday! We’re super excited. We haven’t played a lot of these songs live yet so we’re excited to come back on our own headline shows and play more songs off the record. Australia’s the perfect place to do that cos it’s been a few years since the Soundwave Festival.

Like with your other albums, Afraid Of Heights sees you grabbing us by our collars and, I guess, shouting these messages at us. I can’t help but feel as though it’s perfectly times with the collapse of the world. Did you see all these things happening and think ok; the world needs a new Billy Talent album?
Yeah, actually, that had a lot to do with it. We haven’t had a record out in four years and we’ve just been sitting on the sidelines watching so much go wrong in the world. A lot of the songs are about that.It’s all fear driven and I think. We just need to understand each other more, talk more. Maybe that’s something that’s a lost art but the world is more defiant that it ever was before…the last time I felt like this was the late 80’s when I was a kid, just at the end of the Cold War.

Well, don’t worry man come the 29th we’ll have a whole lot of new home truths being shout at us, which is sure to make some difference.
Yeah man, I hope so. And I hope everyone gets to come down to the show and hear it!

Afraid Of Heights is out now via Warner
Grab a copy: JB HiFi | Webstore | iTunes


Billy Talent
Tour Dates

Thu Aug 11th – Max Watts, Brisbane (18+)
Tix: tickets.destroyalllines.com 

Sat Aug 13th – The Metro, Sydney (AA)
Tix: tickets.destroyalllines.com 
Sun Aug 14th – 170 Russell, Melbourne (18+)
Tix: tickets.destroyalllines.com 
Tue Aug 16th – Fowlers Live, Adelaide (AA)
Tix: tickets.destroyalllines.com 
Wed Aug 17th – Capitol, Perth (18+)
Tix: tickets.destroyalllines.com 

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