"It is about our eternal search for meaning and worth. It's about the human condition and an existential crisis that faces us all, but at the same time as asking questions it has an undertone of hope and I hope that resonates with everyone that listens to it"
(Pic by Kane Hibberd)
Australian rock legends The Butterfly Effect today continue their passionate journey with the premiere of the empathetic hard rock anthem Visiting Hours.
The latest tease of their long-awaited fourth studio album IV, set for release on September 2, Visiting Hours finds The Butterfly Effect in fine form, fusing smouldering intensity and existential exploration in an emotive anthem that oozes relatability. That relatability is at the forefront of the songs' artistic intentions as frontman Clint Boge explains.
"It feels amazing as always to be releasing new music and I really think this song is one of our best. To me, it is about our eternal search for meaning and worth. It's about the human condition and an existential crisis that faces us all, but at the same time as asking questions it has an undertone of hope and I hope that resonates with everyone that listens to it"
Longtime fans of The Butterfly Effect will detect a familiarity with the explorative soundscapes of Visiting Hours, with stylistic elements of their earlier works detectable amidst the continued sonic evolution.
Visiting hours unfurls with haunting guitar work courtesy of Kurt Goedhart, before steadily building a world of melodic beauty and oscillating beats around Boge's raw yet intimate vocals. A dark, brooding and, ultimately, optimistic outing that draws inspiration from the likes of Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd, Tori Amos and Kate Bush, Visiting Hours showcases an assured and steady technicality from the Brisbane quartet.
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Bass player Glenn Esmond shares that it is a song that The Butterfly Effect are immensely proud of and excited to be sharing with the world.
"This is probably my favourite of the new songs. I’ve loved this tune ever since we first demoed it back in 2009. I’m so excited that everyone’s going to finally get a chance to hear it. All of us in the band have acutely felt the passing of time, and I think Clint’s words reflect this. Our time here, as people and as artists, is very fleeting. Life is delicately impermanent and we’re never guaranteed a second chance.”
Visiting Hours is another triumphant peek into the world of IV, which is set to drop 14 years after its predecessor, 2008’s The Final Conversation of Kings.
Fans will get to experience these songs live when The Butterfly Effect take to stages to celebrate IV later this year, and the band themselves couldn’t be more excited to make their way around Australia armed with their brand new album. Boge says, “I'm excited about all the shows from the smaller stages in the north where it's up close and super personal to the bigger stages and bigger rooms down south, it's going to be great getting back out there”.
Tickets for the tour are on sale now via www.thebutterflyeffectband.com.au.