Storm The Sky
William Jarratt vocals | Andy Szetho guitar | Lachlan Avis guitar | Benny Craib bass | Alex Trail guitar
It’s there. It’s always there. The demon on your shoulder, the guilt in the pit of your stomach. It finds us all. And the only cure for guilt is ruthless, breathtaking honesty.
Sin Will Find You is the new album from Melbourne’s Storm The Sky, a deeply emotive collection of songs that holds up a powdery mirror to the millennial culture that greedily seduces all comers. But rather moralising from on high, frontman William Jarratt has written from his own personal experience and composed a starkly honest collection of songs about love, cheating, drugs and friendship from the pages of his own diary.
“A lot of the things that I’ve had to go through, most other people have done the same by the time they’re 21,” says Jarratt. “I wanted to point out that everyone does things that will be judged in a negative light by the general public. These topics are generally bleak points of conversation and most people are quick to dismiss or demonise them. This is why we chose the colour blue for the artwork, a colour of comfort that is generally associated with feelings of melancholy. It’s about finding solace in the fact that you’re not alone with your sin, and there are support networks out there to help you through it.
“These songs represent my take on pure, disgusting honesty, and I love that. I feel like I know myself a lot more now.”
And knowing oneself in 2016 is to face up to exactly what it is that motivates us, whether noble or beastly. To do so entirely without judgement is almost suicidally brave.
“Sin Will Find You is intentionally 100% based on my life,” the singer continues. “I wanted to write the most open record I could, because I was sick of worrying about what people might think if they knew who I really am. I was holding back so as not to hurt anyone – so much so that I was lying about petty things just to stop people from judging me or disliking something that was inherently part of who I was. Writing it, I felt a weight lift off my shoulders.”
The band, completed by guitarists Andy Szetho and Lachlan Avis, bassist Benny Craib and drummer Alex Trail have emerged from the chrysalis of 2015’s Permanence and created an album of exceptional texture and depth that has been painstakingly built from scratch.
A seismic stylistic and artistic step forward, Sin Will Find You saw the quintet choosing to work with producer Samuel K (The Getaway Plan, Closure In Moscow) and putting their talents – and egos – in his hands.
“A week or two into writing of the album, we hit a wall,” remembers Szetho. “Sam made it clear that in order for every member of the band to connect on an emotional and creative level, we had to know every little thing about each other. We went around the room one by one and talked about… everything.”
“That night we left the jam room having learned a whole lot more about each other. This was a vital moment for us. Sam wanted us to use our music as a vehicle to release all the tension of mixed emotions we each had, and even now when I listen back to the record I can hear each person’s personality and struggle so clearly.”
And it’s that sense of exploration, both internal and musical, which gives Sin Will Find You its ashen wings. Take lead single Jaded Ghost, which deals with the aftermath of a crushing breakup, the haunting Medicine or the darkly confessional title track – they are all the work of a band keen to challenge and unsettle, all within a skyscrapingly melodic framework. There’s a directness and power to Storm The Sky that is represented by these dark pop songs, and it’s a darkness that is staring right back.
Hailing from Melbourne, Storm The Sky are a death-pop five piece who released their Vigilance EP in 2013 to an overwhelming fan response. Their dual vocal attack and high energy live shows caught the attention of fans around Australia, with the self-released EP selling over 4,000 units and becoming a word of mouth hit. Touring Australia consistently for 18 months, their reputation as a hard working live act has made them a great draw for fans around the country. Their debut album Permanence was released via UNFD in January 2015. In August 2016, Storm The Sky will released their second album, Sin Will Find You, a deeply emotive collection of songs that holds up a powdery mirror to the millennial culture that greedily seduces all comers. But rather moralising from on high, frontman William Jarratt has written from his own personal experience and composed a starkly honest collection of songs about love, cheating, drugs and friendship from the pages of his own diary. Sin Will Find You debuted at #30 on the ARIA Chart and earned a flawless score in BLUNT Magazine and rave reviews in Rolling Stone Australia, Beat Magazine, Kill Your Stereo, Spotlight Report and many more. Since it’s release the band supported Pierce The Veil around Australia on their headline tour and will hit stages with The Used later this year.
Media highlights and accolades:
Sin Will Find You debuted at #30 on the ARIA Chart.
“Relaying themes ripped from the pages of frontman William Jarratt’s diary, Sin Will Find You is a crushingly catchy record of millennial come ups and come downs” – 4/5 Rolling Stone
“It’s a listening experience that bares its naked vulnerabilities until it shakes you, so you come out of it feeling a little heartbroken too. As it excruciatingly tears down aspirations of control, of love surpassing all bounds, and, most importantly, of security, it quickly becomes the most meaningful output that Storm The Sky have ever produced.” – 5/5 Blunt Magazine
“Sin Will Find You will break your fucking heart in the most beautiful way imaginable.” – 95/100 Kill Your Stereo
“It’s strange and beautiful, and will feature on many ‘Best of 2016’ lists at the end of the year.” – 4/5 Beat Magazine
“It sounds like these guys faced their demons for the sake of art in this album, and it’s soul-piercingly good.” – 4.5/5 AAA Backstage
“There’s so much depth and rawness to Sin Will Find You that your eyes will light up for how perfect the songs are. Through all the intricate details and its beauty, Sin Will Find You is one of the best records you will ever listen to this year.” – 4.5/5 Spotlight Report
Medicine: Watch Here | Taken From Sin Will Find You (2016)
Lilac: Watch Here | Taken From Sin Will Find You (2016)
Jaded Ghost: Watch Here | Taken from Sin Will Find You (2016)
Same Graves: Watch Here | Taken from Permanence (2015)
Alive: Watch Here | Taken from Permanence (2015)