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Hellions

Dre Faivre vocals  |  Matthew Gravolin guitar  |  Anthony Caruso drums

Biography

Opera (n) Plural of opus, meaning work of art
Oblivia (n) A passive state of forgetfulness

A collection of wonderful moments that tend to drift away from our memory: at its best, this is what life is.

And for Hellions, their third album Opera Oblivia is a glorious celebration and forensic examination of everything that makes being alive worthwhile – from high to low, they say, the nearest thing any of us have to a shortcut to happiness is the necessity of being true to oneself.

“We would love for Opera Oblivia to be an escape for its listeners,” suggests guitarist Matthew Gravolin, “but more than that, we want it to commiserate with people through our common unpleasantries and overwhelming hardships, and also celebrate alongside our inevitable victory. We want people to allow it to befriend them and remain with them long after its sounds fade out.”

Structured like a theatrical presentation, Opera Oblivia is the Sydney quintet’s defining statement to date, a brave masterpiece that lays bare the colossal scope of both their ambition and talent. Frontman Dre Faivre, guitarists Gravolin and Josh Campiao, bassist Chris Moretti and drummer Anthony Caruso have, alongside producer Shane Edwards, stretched themselves like never before, taking the flashes of glory that peppered Die Young (2014) and Indian Summer (2015) and expanding them into a fully-formed project that vibrates with energy and joy.

“The title Opera Oblivia came to light a couple of months prior to the album’s recording,” remembers Gravolin. “Not long after the release of Indian Summer we had all agreed that we wanted to begin work on a project of much larger proportions, and we wanted the ensuing record to have a true-ringing feel of operatic grandeur”

“The act-based structure was an epiphany of Anthony’s that came to him towards the end of the recording process,” the guitarist continues. “His mentality was that we should structure the album as a traditional opera, so when it came to deciding upon the track listing, we did so thematically. This gives the record a loose orientation, complication and resolution in the form of Acts, based on the topics discussed in each song.”

The album runs riot with its subject matter, from the existential disillusionment of the thrilling Thresher to Quality Of Life’s self-determinism and the shocking and sad He Without Sin. It’s a collection of songs as concerned with the state of the world outside our heads as the one within, and the musical palette reflects this accordingly.

And that’s due to Opera Oblivia’s list of collaborators, who number producer Shane Edwards, Northlane riffmaster general Jonathon Deiley, Ocean Grove’s Sam Bassal and Duane Hazell of Heroes For Hire. “Anthony and I have been working with Shane for 10 years now, and Chris, Josh and Dre have also each entered the studio with him multiple times before,” says Gravolin. “He has an affinity for pushing us beyond our perceived boundaries and knowing when we’re selling ourselves short with a dead-end section. The biggest difference this time was the way he worked with Dre and I as vocalists. The grand nature of the music called for vocal melody and, recognising this, Shane put heroic effort into galvanising Dre and I out of our comfort zones, truly making for the success of this album that we are so proud to call our own.”

“It would be remiss of me not to mention the heartfelt contributions made to Opera Oblivia by Jon, Duane and Sam. They each, in their own way, helped many of these songs to become what they are today.”

With rock, punk, metal and pop all blended and emboldened by relentless melody, the likes of Bad Way, 24, 25 and Lotus Eater fizz with colour. Where in the past Hellions sometimes struggled to contain their ideas from bursting free, Opera Oblivia represents the band nailing their goal of writing progressive, genre-agnostic music that still hits when it needs to.

These songs are bangers, basically, even if they don’t always make sense.

Just like life.

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A collection of wonderful moments that tend to drift away from our memory: at its best, this is what life is. And for Hellions, their third album Opera Oblivia, released in 2016, is a glorious celebration and forensic examination of everything that makes being alive worthwhile – from high to low, they say, the nearest thing any of us have to a shortcut to happiness is the necessity of being true to oneself.

Structured like a theatrical presentation, Opera Oblivia is the Sydney quintet’s defining statement to date, a brave masterpiece that lays bare the colossal scope of both their ambition and talent. Recorded at Karma Sound Studios in Thailand, frontman Dre Faivre, guitarists Gravolin and Josh Campiao, bassist Chris Moretti and drummer Anthony Caruso have, alongside producer Shane Edwards and collaborations from Northlane riffmaster general Jonathon Deiley, Ocean Grove’s Sam Bassal and Duane Hazell of Heroes For Hire, stretched themselves like never before, taking the flashes of glory that peppered Die Young (2014) and Indian Summer (2015) and expanding them into a fully-formed project that vibrates with energy and joy.

2017 has so far seen Hellions tour the United Kingdom and Australia on their Opera Oblivia World Tour, including multiple sold out shows and a special performance in Sydney where the band played both Opera Oblivia and Indian Summer back-to-back. The band released a new version of OO favourite ’24’ featuring Josh Franceschi of You Me At Six, and they will tour with the UK band around Australia in September.

Media highlights and accolades:

Opera Oblivia debuted at #4 on the ARIA Chart.

…Opera Oblivia is sonically spot on, scratches the right emotional spots, and is sure to be held up as a genre great.” – 4.5/5 theMusic

“With creative amplitude bellied in scope and a noxious eruption of passionate theatricality, Opera Oblivia redefines the band that redefined Australian hardcore – though never pulling so far from their vulnerable roots as to alienate earlier fans.” – 5/5 Blunt Magazine

If this isn’t one of the finest lyrical albums to come out of the Australian heavy scene in a long, long time, then I will happily eat my own ballsack.” – 9/10 I Probably Hate Your Band

Exhausting and outlandish; exhilarating and confident; Opera Oblivia showcases a rare talent for thinking outside the box.” – 4/5 Rolling Stone

“I know, we’re tired of hype. So am I. But this isn’t imaginary. This is real. Whether you agree or not, Opera Oblivia triumphs.”Hysteria Mag

“Opera Oblivia is their most defining piece of work to date and one of the most exciting things to happen in Australian music this year. It is a collection of carefully intertwined songs, structured as a theoretical presentation that tackles the vast subject of life. There are highs and lows with everything in-between – just how life can be.” Mixdown Mag

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Videos:

The Great Fabricator: Watch Here | Taken from Die Young (2013)
The Penultimate Year: Watch Here | Taken from Die Young (2013)
22: Watch Here | Taken from Die Young (2013)
Infamita: Watch Here | Taken from Die Young (2013)
Nottingham: Watch Here | Taken from Indian Summer (2015)
Hellions: Watch Here | Taken from Indian Summer (2015)
Quality Of Life: Watch Here | Taken from Opera Oblivia (2016)
Thresher: Watch Here | Taken from Opera Oblivia (2016)

Album Artwork:

Die Young
Indian Summer
Opera Oblivia
24 / Jesus of Suburbia

Promo Images:

Hellions – July 2016 

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Biography:

Hellions – July 2016 – Bio