Almost two years since the release of their last album, This Could Be Heartbreak, The Amity Affliction have now revealed the details of their upcoming sixth album, Misery.
Just last week, The Amity Affliction began to pique the interest of their legions of fans after cryptically teasing something on social media. While many were certain that the group were set to announce something big, no one could quite work out what it was. Now, the wait is over, with vocalist Ahren Stringer revealing to triple j that the group are set to release their latest record this August.
“We started pretty much as soon as the last album came out,” Stringer explained to Gen & Lewis, before sharing the group’s new single, ‘Ivy (Doomsday)’. “We’ve been writing this for about two years and this is one of the first tracks we all thought, ‘Wow this is a really different direction’ but really fun, exciting, and new for us.”
“This time, we really want to bare bones it. I think it really gives it a much more powerful vibe, hopefully that translates to everyone else.”
The group also used this opportunity to discuss the music video for ‘Ivy (Doomsday)’, which serves as the first part of a short film which the group have described as an “old school Australian crime story: Chopper meets Two Hands.”
“Joel [Birch] decided he would write a short film for the first three singles,” explained Ahren Stringer. “It’s a movie with the songs in the background. It’s set in ‘80s Victoria and we’re just a bunch of bogans and we rob a bank. The rest is history.”
As it stands, the group have dropped a few tunes since the release of This Could Be Heartbreak back in 2016, delivering a cover of The Weeknd’s ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ as well as their own rendition of Silverchair’s breakthrough hit ‘Tomorrow’ for a tribute album last year.
In regards to tour news, the band are set to head on tour Europe this October with fellow Aussies Endless Heights. Prior to that, the band are set play the final ever Warped Tour, alongside a handful of other Australian acts, including In Hearts Wake and Tonight Alive.
If history is anything to go by, Misery could end up being the group’s fourth-consecutive #1 album on the ARIA charts. Only time will tell, but in the meantime we’ve got a little bit of time to wait before Misery drops on August 24th.