The Amity Affliction are Aussie music mainstays, as much as elitist metal fans love to criticise them from sunset to sunrise. But it looks like they’re also taking on the responsibility of heralding in a new generation of Aussie musicians, kicking off with none other than Albury’s Catnip Kaiser. Guitarist Dan Brown came up for air from his duties with The Amity Affliction to write and record the band’s new song with them, and the result is ‘Pull Me Down’, which you can check out below.
Speaking on the track, the band note that the song is “dedicated to those who find themselves surrounded by negative people who only want to tear you down, even when things in your life are actually going well.” It’s an experience that most of us unfortunately will go through, as pessimism largely takes over our cynical 21st century world. They continue to add that the track “calls out those people who blame you for all of their misfortunes, just to make themselves feel better.”
Having charted at number one on three different triple j Unearthed charts with their debut single ‘Why?’, Catnip Kaiser have been slowly but surely (and in retrospect, not that slowly) making waves in the local scene since their inception. Their last track, ‘Grey’, followed in the same vein of success, ending up in the top three on the Unearthed charts and in the top five on the Australian Alternative iTunes charts. This new tune came about as a result of frontman Jack McDonald reaching out to Amity’s Dan Brown to see if he was keen to collaborate, and the rest, as they say, is history. “From there the last few months have been exchanging emails full of melodies and lyrics until the finished product was created,” McDonald explained. “Working with someone of his past has been a phenomenal learning curve for all of us.”