When five-piece heavy rock outfit Karnivool emerged in 2005 with their debut album Themata, two things were obvious.
The first thing was that Karnivool were spearheading a renaissance in Australian rock music.
The second thing was that they were going to be famous.
The progressive but raw time signatures and innovative riffing of Themata are prophetic.
What Themata promised, their second album, Sound Awake, delivered.
Tracks such as Goliath echo rumblings of the masterful odd meter time signatures of heavy rock masters Soundgarden.
Having debuted at No.2 on the national ARIA charts on June 5, Sound Awake was the top independent release in Australia that week, debuting at No.1 on the AIR Charts, with the album receiving Gold certification.
And the word is spreading beyond Australian shores.
The band arrived back from a two-month stint in the US and UK in late October, playing to sell-out crowds.
Pulse caught up with Karnivool guitarist Mark Hosking in his home town of Perth on the eve of their Australian Sine Waves and Mirrors tour.
The band will play the Great Northern Hotel in Byron Bay this Sunday, a favourite tour stop of Mark’s.
“We know a lot of people in the area, so playing the Great Northern gives us a chance to kick back, enjoy a few beers and hang out with friends,” Mark said.
“Things have been pretty hectic since the release of Sound Awake back in June this year.
“But it’s been great. We are having a great time, touring overseas, playing in front of big crowds.
“We go back to the US in February in support of the release of Sound Awake internationally, which will make things even more interesting.”
Critics predict the American music market is ripe for the album. When Pulse drew comparisons between Sound Awake and Soundgarden’s masterpiece Superunknown, Mark was chuffed.
“Wow, that’s one of my favourite albums,” he says.
“It would be great to be making music at that level.
“Each of us had more of an input into the new record. It was more of a collaborative group effort.
“But we don’t want to get too much into making records by formula, we don’t want our %albums to sound the same, we don’t want to repeat ourselves.”
Karnivool play the Open Arms Festival at Coffs Harbour on Saturday.
Visit www.openarmsfestival.com for details.
They play the Great Northern, Byron Bay, on Sunday. Tickets from: www.thenorthern.com.au or 1300 762 545.
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