Did you enjoy The World Over when we brought them to your attention earlier in the year? If you’re down for more in the world of melodic emo-pop, we’ve scaled locally and come across Melbourne alternative/rock outfit Everlyne. These kids are bringing a stylistic edge to the table with their brand new single ‘Deranged’.
Inspired by fellow Aussies Tonight Alive and international heavyweights Halestorm, ‘Deranged’ is an empowering tune for facing your internal struggles head on, and I love how the band have captured this mirage of dark and light so exquisitely in the music video below. Vocalist Mac Shaye has an incredibly diverse vocal range, and you can definitely hear the band spruiking their edgy sound that kinda straddles between pop punk and metal.
This latest single marks the beginning of a new era for the band, and might just be the breakthrough they’ve been waiting on. We’re proud to bring you the future of alternative/rock in Australia that is Everlyne so we jumped on the line with the band and encouraged them to come out from behind those rose-coloured glasses…
Hello Everlyne! This is the first time I’m hearing of you all. How did you all come together and come up with this winning musical formula?
Hello WOS crew! We all came together in early 2019 through links and associations at school and shared connections via the local music scene in West-Melbourne. Nathan (guitar) and Jordan (bass) Borg are brothers and, due to the disbandment of one of their old projects, were keen to find some new members to form what is now ‘Everlyne’! I (Mac – vocals) met the boys at a local FReeZA Battle of the Bands competition in 2018 where Nathan was part of the competition judging panel. After hearing my performance, he approached me about joining a new project that he and his brother were trying to kickstart and I was immediately interested! So we got talking about trying to place the final piece of the puzzle for the band, our drummer (Sam). Sam was a friend of mine from uni who I was very keen to join the project when I spoke to him about it, so I brought him along to a rehearsal the week after and we all clicked really well. The rest is basically history!
You all sound amazing on ‘Deranged’ and it’s such an empowering rock anthem. What inspired this new single?
Over the last two years, mental health has been such a massive concern with the lockdowns and not being able to socialize as we usually do. Living by myself, I found it particularly difficult being separated from my friends and family. Being left alone with my own thoughts was what inspired this song vocally and is basically telling a story about the deterioration of one’s mind over an extended period of time in isolation. Musically, ‘Deranged’ strays quite dramatically from our first 2 singles. We worked closely with powerhouse duo Callan Orr & Beau Mckee who assisted us greatly in producing this new musical direction. It was a collaboration that we found really brought the best out of the song and we couldn’t be happier with the final product!
Mac, your voice hit some huge notes on this track. What kinda vocal training did you go through to get to where you are today?
I have been singing professionally and performing from a young age. As well as coming for a musical family, I began proper training with the Australian Girls Choir at only 7 years old. I did music and vocal training all through high school with various teachers where I learnt an array of skills and techniques. I graduated earlier this year with a Bachelor of Music Performance which was probably where I learnt the most about my vocal diversity and felt that I really came into ‘my own’ as a vocalist and performer. In short, 15 years of training! Which is insane when you think about it… I didn’t even realise it had been that long.
While it’s been awhile in between releases (‘I Own My Own’ came out in 2019), I can definitely hear the progression between each song. What did you guys get up to during that downtime?
The downtime certainly wasn’t planned. We were scheduled to hit the studio shortly after our 2019 release but unfortunately a large hurdle (COVID) prevented us from recording and releasing music when we initially had planned.
During that time, we really worked on our sound and all did what we could (from home) to contribute and establish the new direction we wanted to take with our music. Lots of zoom calls and sharing of ideas back and forth regarding new song ideas/parts etc. it was a real eye-opener of the things we could achieve whilst being separated & continuing to stay motivated during the extensive lockdown period. We are very excited for this release and cannot wait to share with everyone the new and improved Everlyne!
Tell us a few of your musical influences?
We all individually draw influences from such different genres of music but collectively we love bands like: Bring Me the Horizon, Paramore (obviously), Tonight Alive, Evanescence and Halestorm. We attend a lot of local shows in Melbourne and draw much influence from what we see in our own backyard too! The friendships we’ve already made from such little time being an ‘active’ band and playing shows is very special to us and hope to make plenty of new friends and draw much more influence as things hopefully soon begin to normalise in Melbourne’s live music scene!
You’ve come up with such a big sound that’s bound to take you guys far. I hope we don’t have to wait too long for single #3? What’s on the outlook for you all for the remainder of 2021?
We don’t want to give away too much – keep those eyes peeled!
Hopefully the remainder of 2021 brings back live shows in Melbourne with larger capacities. We would love to see out the year playing some awesome shows in Melbourne (or interstate) and performing our new material for everyone.
For those that are yet to see Everlyne live, describe your live set in a sentence.
“High energy, charismatic, dramatic and fun.”
We love getting audiences involved with our music and creating a stage presence where everyone feels they can let their guard down and have a great time, regardless of whether you know the songs or not. We absolutely love seeing new faces at our shows and having a chat with everyone afterwards!
With that being said, it’s been great getting to know you guys. I’m sure we’ll see you headlining shows around Melbourne and soon enough. Is there anything you’d like to add for our readers?
Make sure that you keep going to shows and supporting all of our local musicians during this time. Hopefully our industry will be booming again in no time! We look forward to seeing when shows and venues are all back to normal! Keep your eyes peeled for some more new stuff & we can’t wait to see you all at shows toward the end of the year!
The feeling’s mutual, gang! Stay safe, and we’ll see ya on the other side!
Interview by Tamara May @citylightstam