Fusing smouldering intensity with existential exploration, the latest trackÂ Visiting HoursÂ from Aussie rock legendsÂ The Butterfly EffectÂ continues the quartetâ€™s passionate journey towards the release of their long-awaited fourth studio album: the aptly titledÂ ‘IV’,Â with the official release date today unveiled to be September 2. An emphatic anthem that harks back to earlier Butters territory while staunchly showcasing the groupâ€™s ongoing evolution,Â Visiting HoursÂ is another triumphant peek into the brand new LP that will arrive 14 years after its predecessor, 2008â€™sÂ ‘Final Conversation of Kings’.
With a stacked national tour also on the cards from late September into October, the bandâ€™s first full tour since 2019, fans can catch old and new favourite tunes across the country, withÂ Ben Hall,Â Clint Boge,Â Glenn EsmondÂ andÂ Kurt Goedhart, akaÂ The Butterfly Effect, bringing local heaviesÂ ThornhillÂ andÂ Caligulaâ€™s HorseÂ along for the ride, kicking off in Cairns at Tanks Art Centre on September 30 before hitting Townsville, Mackay, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Sydney, Hobart, Melbourne and Adelaide before bringing proceedings to a close in Fremantle on October 16. And for fans in Melbourne who missed out on tickets to the sold out October 14 show at Northcote Theatre,Â The Butterfly EffectÂ have also confirmed a second Melbourne show at Northcote Theatre set for October 13. For tickets and information, head toÂ www.thebutterflyeffectband.com.au.
Visiting HoursÂ unfurls with haunting guitar work courtesyÂ of axe-manÂ KurtÂ before steadily building a world of melodic beauty and oscillating beats around frontmanÂ Clintâ€™s raw yet intimate vocals. A dark, brooding and, ultimately, optimistic outing that draws inspiration from the likes ofÂ Peter Gabriel,Â Pink Floyd,Â Tori AmosÂ andÂ Kate Bush,Â Visiting HoursÂ showcases an assured and steady technicality from the Brisbane quartet, with the occasional heavier textures signposting the bandâ€™s rockstar status alongside sparser moments juxtaposing previous riff-heavy singles likeÂ Nil By MouthÂ andÂ So Tired. An instant and unmistakableÂ The Butterfly EffectÂ opus,Â Visiting HoursÂ holds a special place for the band while lyrically traversing life and the human condition, asÂ ClintÂ explains, â€œIt feels amazing as always to be releasing new music and I really think this song is one of our best.Â 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.â€Â EchoingÂ Clintâ€™s sentiments, bass playerÂ GlennÂ shares, â€œThis is probably my favourite of the new songs. Iâ€™ve loved this tune ever since we first demoed it back in 2009. Â Iâ€™m so excited that everyoneâ€™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 Clintâ€™s words reflect this. Our time here, as people and as artists, is very fleeting. Life is delicately impermanent and weâ€™re never guaranteed a second chance.â€
Following a chance meeting at a gig back in 2017 betweenÂ KurtÂ andÂ Clint, absence had entirely made the heart grow fonder followingÂ Clintâ€™s departure from the band in 2012 and the ultimate disbanding ofÂ The Butterfly EffectÂ announced back in 2016. And from fortuitous meetings to reuniting the original lineup back in 2018,Â The Butterfly EffectÂ soon set their sights on album #4, bringing in the likes ofÂ Forrester Savell,Â Nick DiDia,Â Matt Bartlem,Â Clint Vincent,Â Luke PalmerÂ andÂ Stuart StuartÂ to bring various pieces of the new release to life; and the end result forÂ ‘IV’Â is nothing short of electrifying. Journeying through love and hate, gains and losses, highs and lows, life and death and beyond,Â ‘IV’Â burrows into themes of dreams and the realities of the dichotomies of life, as well as the variables we all face on a daily basis. Opening with hazy, brooding intensity via title trackÂ ‘IV’, the broaderÂ ‘IV’Â album brushes with soaring melodics (Dark Light), crushing textures (The Other Side), searing riffage (Nil By Mouth) and a horde of inspiration from the likes of Faith No More, Gojira, Jeff Buckley and Deftones. ShowcasingÂ The Butterfly EffectÂ at their most elegantly ferocious and focused to date, thereâ€™s significant balance throughoutÂ ‘IV’Â between show-stopping rock and riffing roar alongside significantly hard-hitting thematics, asÂ GlennÂ elaborates, â€œIt feels like thereâ€™s lots of contemplation of death and rebirth. Disconnection and then reconnection. The temporary nature of time, the passing of dreams, getting older, dealing with change, finding new meaning in life. All of these are completely understandable when you consider the history of the band over the last 10 years and where we all find ourselves as we get olderâ€.
A band significantly well-versed in writing, recording and life on the road,Â The Butterfly EffectÂ remain one of the all-time Australian greats of their generation, from their critically-acclaimed previous releases to their voracious live shows, both at home and abroad. And while the upcoming new album may be arriving at a very different stage of life, both for the band personally and their legion of lifelong fans,Â ‘IV’Â is a textbook example of expecting the unexpected, offering a chance for a collection of songs to finally leap into the world alongside freshly written material, asÂ ClintÂ shares, â€œI am so happy we got here to this point in time. Some of these songs were written straight after Final Conversation of Kings and would have been on the next album had we stayed together. So for these songs to see the light of day and for us to be able to present them to all who wish to listen is a huge privilege and a moment I won’t forget.â€
Fans can look forward to a healthy mix of new Butters tunes alongside plenty of fan favourites whenÂ The Butterfly EffectÂ take to stages to celebrateÂ ‘IV’Â later this year, and the band themselves couldnâ€™t be more excited to make their way around Australia armed with their brand new album. Of the upcoming shows,Â Clint says, â€œI’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 thereâ€.Â And while fans are already ecstatic about the impending tour, with the original Melbourne date already sold out and a second one jumping in for good measure, the band canâ€™t wait to hit the road, as Glenn concludes, â€œIâ€™m most excited about playing fantastic new songs. The familiar faces of fans that have been supporting us for so long. The camaraderie with the crew and the other guys in the band. Life can be pretty busy, and the opportunities to socialise and hang out seem to get fewer as we get older. Beers, shit talk, fried food from the servo, I am going to enjoy every momentâ€.
Visiting HoursÂ is out now
‘IV’Â is set for release on September 2, 2022
THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT â€“ IV 2022 TOUR:
with guests Thornhill & Caligulaâ€™s Horse
Tickets available from www.thebutterflyeffectband.com.au now
FRI 30 SEPT | TANKS ARTS CENTRE, CAIRNS, QLD
SAT 1 OCT | MANSFIELD HOTEL, TOWNSVILLE, QLD
SUN 2 OCT | HARRUP PARK, MACKAY, QLD
THUR 6 OCT | BLANK SPACE, TOOWOOMBA, QLD
FRI 7 OCT | EATONS HILL HOTEL, BRISBANE, QLD
SAT 8 OCT | UNSW ROUNDHOUSE, SYDNEY, NSW
SUN 9 OCT | HOBART UNI BAR, HOBART, TAS
THUR 13 OCT | NORTHCOTE THEATRE, MELBOURNE, VICÂ *NEW SHOW*
FRI 14 OCT | NORTHCOTE THEATRE, MELBOURNE, VIC *SOLD OUT*
SUN 15 OCT | HINDLEY ST MUSIC HALL, ADELAIDE, SA
SUN 16 OCT | METROPOLIS, FREMANTLE, WA
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