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  • Tiana Speter

MUSIC NEWS: Make Them Suffer Are Back, Bringing Alex Reade Into The 'Doomswitch' Era


“Doomswitch”; a term used to describe a theoretical mechanism where an online poker site inflicts bad luck on a player. And, as of today, the very moniker sparking the start of a brand new chapter for Perth metalcore outfit Make Them Suffer, with their new single Doomswitch showcasing a renewed sonic spirit for the group, as well as the first song to feature new member Alex Reade.

Taking up the position as backup vocalist and keyboardist, aka "The Fifth Member" for Make Them Suffer, Reade (ex-Drown This City) seamlessly welds into the Make Them Suffer psyche. With symphonic flourishes, blasting beats, jagged guitars and oscillating light and shade between frontman Sean Harmanis and Reade, Doomswitch is equally energetic and ethereal, levelling up the band’s heaviness alongside emphatic melodics while presenting a resonating narrative: “It’s not how you get knocked down, it’s how you get back up."

Also accompanying the new single's release today is a blistering music video, directed by Colin Jeffs and filmed at The Paint Factory in Brisbane.

Doomswitch is a term coined by online poker players used to describe a hypothesised mechanism by which an online poker site will continually infer bad luck onto a player,” reveals the band about their new single. “Sean related to this term and, at the time, it felt as if a Doomswitch had flicked on his life, so used the concept as the main inspiration for the song. We’ve adopted a new element into our sound along with the inclusion of a new member; Alex. This song marks a new chapter and the next step forward for the band and the sonic shift in Doomswitch really drives that home."

Centred around the feeling of claustrophobia as well as the journey Harmanis has experienced with his own mental health, Doomswitch was produced by Nick McLernon at his home studio in Victoria, with mixing and mastering courtesy of Jeff Dunne.

Following a long break away from music due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Make Them Suffer are back with a vengeance, with a run of five shows to launch Doomswitch kicking off in Brisbane tonight at The Brightside, before visiting Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and, finally, a hometown show in Perth on Saturday 23 October. Joining the band for these shows will be Gravemind, Starve (at all shows excluding Perth) and Dark Matter (appearing in Perth only).

MAKE THEM SUFFER ARE: Sean Harmanis – Vocals | Nick McLernon – Guitars, Vocals Alex Reade – Backup Vocals, Keys | Jaya Jeffery – Bass | Jordan Mather – Drums







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