Melbourne Nu-Metal kings Bison are back with a massive bang and a triumphant new Ep “Perfect Mistakes” set to release worldwide tomorrow 28th of May, and I caught up with Eddie and Brenz to talk about the songwriting, Bison’s long hiatus, working with Sam Bassal from Ocean Grove, releasing the back catalogue, the third “Demo” ep that was never released and a whole lot more for old and new Bison fans alike.\m/
BISON formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1997 when drummer Eddie and former guitarist Calksi were inspired by the nu-metal and alt-rock OG’s of the day, like Korn, Helmet, Sepultura, Incubus etc, bringing hip-hop and heavy music together. The recruits of bassist Amos and vocalist Brens soon followed. BISON quickly established itself within the Melbourne heavy music scene, bringing high energy shows & Rap/Rock tunes with wide appeal to the all-ages, festival and pub/club circuit. BISON recorded its debut EP ‘Within Earshot’ with ARIA nominated producer DW Norton (Superheist) which lead to the band being signed to Shock Records, through heavy label ‘Faultline Records’. The EP created waves within the heavy community & music press. First Single ‘Hard to Take’ received triple J attention as well as regular play on Triple M and community radio. In late 2005 hit the Studio again to record its Third EP ‘DEMO’ – tragically these songs were never released and the very limited pressing is now sought after by fans worldwide. At that point, the tyranny of the road, the evolution of life, lead to the band taking a break. That break lasted 14 years. The disappointment of never releasing ‘DEMO’ plagued the members, knowing that ultimately there was some unfinished business for a band that exploded onto the scene, but left with a deafening silence. There was never a ‘final show’ moment.
In early 2019, all of the members of BISON agreed it was time to jam again. Uploading their back catalogue of music to digital platforms sparked a fire. Without expectation, the 5 members found themselves in a rehearsal studio, 4 hours later, BISON had written ‘Begin Again’ the return single & the comeback was ratified……. there was life in the old dog yet! Flash forward to 2021 and the BISON line-up has grown up with the tyranny of time. Thematically ‘Perfect Mistakes’ Explore’s the lessons learned from separation, death, addiction, the pressures of life & all that comes with experience. Listeners can really connect with these new tunes. The six-track EP is comprised of 5 new songs and 1 re-recorded track from ‘DEMO’.
Perfect Mistakes to be released into the world this Friday, May 28th, and can be pre-ordered/pre-saved at http://ffm.to/bison_perfectmistakes