By MITCH RODD
MOST music success nowadays is found online, and a group of former Mildura lads are lapping up their time in the spotlight.
Adelaide punk hardcore band Ambleside, featuring relocated Sunraysia musicians Jackson Buckler, Daniel Stevens and Ash Mayes, are making waves both online and on stage.
The band – which featured Buckler (lead guitar), Stevens (lead vocals), Mayes (drums), Dean Lawrence (guitar and vocals) and Jonathan Young (bass) – recently toured the country in support of rising metal stars Polaris, and received rave reviews for their performances.
Ambleside also released a video for their new single ‘Blur’ on YouTube, which has already garnered more than 30,000 views since its release.
Film clips are proving a hit for the band as they had huge success with their 2016 track ‘Wash Away’, which won the best Film Clip Award at the 2016 South Australian Screen Awards.
Since their formation in 2013, the five-piece group has amassed over two million streams across media platforms, and notched up nine tours of Australia, as well as playing shows alongside recognised bands like Silverstein, Counterparts, Trophy Eyes and Hellions.
The punk hardcore group’s latest single features more clean vocals than previous songs. And while changes in music can put some fans offside, Jackson said the reception to the new sound has been positive, and that the band was stoked to release new music.
“It had been a couple of years since we put out a new song and we have had fans demanding new music,” he said. “There’s a slight change in style for this song so we were expecting to cop negative feedback, but to our surprise we have been let off really easily – people seem to be loving it which is awesome!
“We are still fairly young into our music releases having only brought out two EPs and some singles. There’s a noticeable change between the two records but they still are very much the usual Ambleside you would expect to hear.
“Blur is probably the most dramatic change we’ve had so far and we are excited to see where it takes us.”
Ambleside had been busy touring the country supporting Polaris after the release of their debut album ‘The Mortal Coil’. Also on the support card were US group The Plot In You and Darwin’s Tapestry.
“We were out on the road for around two weeks which was an amazing time as this was our biggest tour to date playing to around 600 to 850 people a night. It was definitely one of the all-time favourite tours,” Jackson said.
Jackson said the band is working hard behind the scenes, currently writing and recording material for a debut album.
“We have been experimenting with our sound a bit more and want to push ourselves as musicians and song writers to create something we are all really proud of,” he said. “We don’t have an ETA on when it may come out but hopefully it wont be too long.”
Jackson admitted it had taken the former Mildura trio by surprise that they have reached the heights they have since moving to the South Australian capital five years ago.
“We all decided to move to study in Adelaide and continue the band journey over here. The lifestyle choice of living and travelling together has brought upon undoubtedly some of the best memories I will ever have,” he said.
“We’ve all shared so many meaningful milestones together and watched each other grow into new people over the years, it’s been an amazing ride so far.
“We have always just floated along taking everything as it comes and end up somewhere else on the other side. I still remember thinking to myself, ‘Well if we ever toured Australia I think that would have me satisfied as a musician and I’d probably call it a day’.
“Little did I know that each time you reach a milestone you start to see the next one ahead and it starts to become addictive. Ten Australian tours later, plus two million-plus online streams and endless memories, I still feel like we are at the beginning, and am still looking for the next milestone.”
Follow the band by searching for Ambleside on Facebook.