Eora/Sydney-based post-punk quintet, Mac the Knife, have just released their angsty punk-rock anthem Labour In Vain – produced by Michael Kuhle and engineered and mixed by Nick Hatzakos at A Sharp Recording Studios, Eora/Sydney.
Taking cues from the likes of IDLES, Fontaines D.C. and The Peep Temple, Labour In Vain is a triumphant battle cry not to live your life for others; a reminder that fear only holds control over you if you allow it to. Led by the commanding vocals of endearing frontman Bryn Chapman Parish, the track maintains an unrelenting pace set by its wall of searing guitars, steadfast bass and thunderous drums.
Bryn talks about the meaning behind Labour in Vain: “Throughout the last few years, thanks to a bunch of therapy, I’ve realised how much weight I put on the opinions of others. A back-breaking amount of weight, in fact. I’m in the uniquely frustrating position of being a socially anxious extrovert. On the one hand, I’m a social butterfly who craves constant interaction. But on the other, I’ve spent countless nights fretting over a stranger’s opinion and endless mornings regretting interactions and replaying conversations. ‘Labour In Vain’ is a battle cry to triumph over the fear of judgements of others. This song is a love letter to being a better you, acknowledging your shit and working through it. But more importantly, to be happy with who you are without the validation of others.”
To coincide with the release, the band will launch the single live at the House of Music and Booze, St. Peters, on Friday October 28. Mac The Knife have previously sold-out headline shows in Eora/Sydney and shared stages with the likes of Polish Club, Triple One, Johnny Hunter and Eliza and the Delusionals.
Their previous releases have become crowd favourites within the local Eora/Sydney music community and have been supported strongly within the tastemaker music blogosphere and community radio circles of FBi Radio, 2SER, 2RRR and Three D Radio.
Bryn is also an esteemed actor who stars as Spencer ‘Spider’ White in Netflix’s reboot of Heartbreak High; currently the #6 most watched TV show globally on the streaming platform.
MAC THE KNIFE
LABOUR IN VAIN LAUNCH SHOW
FRI 28 OCT | HOUSE OF MUSIC AND BOOZE, EORA/SYDNEY NSW
Labour In Vain is out now
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