MOS Interview: Patient Sixty-Seven

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Patient Sixty-Seven is an Australian metal/electronic group from Perth. In 2015, they released their debut EP Imbalance, and it climbed all the way to #2 on the Australian metal charts! The band was kind enough to take the time to do an interview with us, and you can read that and listen to a track from the new EP below. If you dig it, be sure to pick up Imbalance here or on iTunes.

How has the reaction to “Imbalance” been so far?

Really positive. There’s a lot we would do differently, but from family and friends, and any fans who have picked it up – it’s been great. It was a really significant starting point for us!

A lot of great heavy bands have come out of Australia. Some of our favorites here at MOS are In Hearts Wake and The Amity Affliction. Is the music community in Australia part of who you are as a band? How does being from Perth affect your music, if at all?

Yeah, there’s a heap of them isn’t there? Honestly – Perth’s music community is really strong. It’s tight-knit and definitely a part of coming up through the local music scene. I guess being so isolated as well, you kind of have to rely on having a strong local presence! The Australian scene in general has a lot of traction as you mentioned, and some of the bands we’ve played with have been incredible – we’re stoked to be a part of it all.

What are some of the challenges of promoting your music internationally?

It’s just about reaching new people, it’s not always easy! I think just because there’s so much out there for people to listen to, it’s about trying to stand out and give people a reason to check you out.

Where is your dream place to tour?

To get around Australia would be incredible.

What were some of your biggest inspirations while writing “Imbalance?”

Life experience, just drawing on things that kind of empowered the sort of music we were trying to write. It’s always a challenge getting the best out of yourself in that situation, but I guess it’s a fine line because you don’t want to force the process too much!

We were trying to write heavier material that had an element of catchiness to it, but so much of it was really raw and a new experience for a majority of the band in terms of putting a release together.

What was the writing process like?

Early on myself and Dylan would just sort of form song ideas between us and build on them, with the EP it was very much a back and forth process between ourselves and getting the songs to where we wanted. There’s so much that’s different now, and the process is very much a full-band effort, which is exciting and I’m sure it’ll push us to greater heights.

What is the main thing that you hope listeners get out of “Imbalance?”

Imbalance, for me – was about looking in the mirror and understanding the things that make us, us. We aren’t perfect, and we shouldn’t try to be. It’s easy to be caught up in trying to be something we aren’t, or forcing ourselves to meet expectations from ourselves or others – and I suppose Imbalance refers to that struggle. Internally, it’s so easy to get lost in that sort of self-depreciating struggle where we can’t find a happy medium for ourselves.

How we deal with that has had a huge effect on me, and it’s easy to get weighed down by all of it, so Imbalance for me is just about saying, fuck it – this is who I am. I’ll be better, but for the right reasons, and for me – if nothing else.

Everyone is different though, and it might be cliche, but I guess people can take out of it what they’d like – just to evoke any sort of response is really cool.

Any touring plans or new material coming out for the rest of 2016?

Expect new music, and plenty of show announcements in the future! We are recording a brand new song soon and definitely plan to visit some new places.

What are your biggest dreams and goals for Patient Sixty-Seven in the future?

I guess just to get the best out of ourselves and to have a lot of fun while playing and writing music. That’s what it all comes down to, doing what you enjoy with great people and having a good time doing it.

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