Premiere: Sedative call out to the void on debut track, ‘Cough Medicine’


Sedative (previously Grenade Brain) invite the void’s uncoping hands with their head-caving debut single, ‘Cough Medicine.’



The Perth act previously known as Grenade Brain is done for, and in its place stands a new heavy outfit: Sedative. The name change was announced last month with the band sharing about their re-branding: “π‘Šπ‘’ π‘Žπ‘Ÿπ‘’ π‘†π‘’π‘‘π‘Žπ‘‘π‘–π‘£π‘’. π‘Šπ‘’’𝑣𝑒 π‘β„Žπ‘Žπ‘›π‘”π‘’π‘‘ π‘Ž π‘™π‘œπ‘‘ π‘‘β„Žπ‘–π‘  π‘¦π‘’π‘Žπ‘Ÿ π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘ β„Žπ‘Žπ‘£π‘’ π‘Ž π‘€β„Žπ‘œπ‘™π‘’ π‘€π‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘™π‘‘ π‘œπ‘“ π‘‘β„Žπ‘–π‘›π‘”π‘  π‘‘π‘œ π‘ β„Žπ‘œπ‘€ π‘¦π‘œπ‘’. π‘†β„Žπ‘œπ‘€π‘  π‘‘β„Žπ‘Žπ‘‘ β„Žπ‘Žπ‘£π‘’ π‘Žπ‘™π‘Ÿπ‘’π‘Žπ‘‘π‘¦ π‘Žπ‘›π‘›π‘œπ‘’π‘›π‘π‘’π‘‘ π‘€π‘–π‘‘β„Ž π‘œπ‘’π‘Ÿ π‘π‘Žπ‘ π‘‘ π‘›π‘Žπ‘šπ‘’ π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘ π‘–π‘šπ‘Žπ‘”π‘’ 𝑀𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑏𝑒 π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π‘™π‘Žπ‘ π‘‘ π‘‘π‘–π‘šπ‘’π‘  𝑀𝑒 π‘Žπ‘π‘π‘’π‘Žπ‘Ÿ π‘’π‘›π‘‘π‘’π‘Ÿ π‘‘β„Žπ‘Žπ‘‘ 𝑔𝑒𝑖𝑠𝑒. π‘Šπ‘’ β„Žπ‘œπ‘π‘’ π‘¦π‘œπ‘’ π‘ π‘‘π‘–π‘π‘˜ π‘€π‘–π‘‘β„Ž 𝑒𝑠 π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘ π‘’π‘›π‘—π‘œπ‘¦ π‘€β„Žπ‘Žπ‘‘’𝑠 π‘‘π‘œ π‘π‘œπ‘šπ‘’. π‘ƒπ‘’π‘Ÿπ‘‘β„Ž π‘€π‘–π‘ π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘¦.”

Cough Medicine‘ is some grim, beatdown-loving, slamming metallic hardcore. A sparse, rattling electronic atmosphere creeps in at first, before the vocals and instrumental layers prickle in, the band then switching out that ambient dynamic for a pinching, indomitable deathcore-inflected attack, crushing you over the head with bellowing screams, filthy low-tuned guitars and black-hole-sized breakdowns. Wrapped up in two-and-a-half minutes, this shot goes so hard. This oppressive sound-bed is set to a startling theme exploring what happens when tumultuous emotions and traumatic events aren’t coped with or dealt with properly. It’s heavy sounds directed by a heavy concept; an invitation for the cold formless void to take you.

Sedative, 2021.

Vocalist Matthew DalyΒ opened up about Sedative’s debut track’s idea of failing coping mechanisms, sharing that it’s about “…abusing alternate methods of release, to escape the turmoil that one may be dealing with” and “touching on the unfortunate mental state that can be brought on as a result of both the situation to begin with.”

Sedative is vocalist Matthew Daly, guitarists Raphael Abadi and AndrΓ© Avila, bassist/vocalist Ryan Spencer and drummer Nathan Wolfenden. This is only the (new) beginning for them, and I’m so interested to hear more from this band. Check out their upcoming WA support slots under Melbourne’s Vengeance below, as well as ‘Cough Medicine’s music video that Matthew and AndrΓ© filmed and directed:


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