The term ‘metalcore’ used to be a cringe worthy one. It was a word we associated with our former emo-selves, but that’s what we now dub ‘false metalcore’.

Over the years Australia has undoubtedly been able to avoid these tags, and in turn their metalcore scene, and overall heavy music scene has prospered. But Sydney’s ISOTOPES aren’t getting too comfortable to just rule over their homeland with massive riffs, huge choruses, and an absolutely raging record in the form of, Fractures.

Now with having taken the band internationally, and as we wait as patiently as possible for them to reach out shores, we sat down with vocalist Justin Miller to talk touring, hardships, and The Simpsons.

First off hailing from Australia do you ever find that the geography of where you are in the world makes it difficult to establish yourselves on a more global scale? 

“Most definitely. Our first couple of singles we released prior to our first EP ‘Lost’ were big learning curves for us in finding this out. It wasn’t until ‘Lost’ that we started pushing more outside of Australia instead of solely focusing on making it big within.”

Saying that you have a refreshing mind set of where ever you’re asked to play you’ll go, of which lead you to Japan last year. How was that experience?

“Japan was unreal, and if I’m quite honest I’m still trying to come to terms that it happened. One minute I’m waking up to an email, the next minute I’m boarding on a flight back home after the tour with the most amazing memories as well as so many new fans and life long friends. We’d take the leap anywhere we are offered.”

Did you find it was one of those moments where you suddenly realised there was more than just the Australian team?

Certainly. We have always been a band that has talked about international tours whenever we’ve been in the studio. With that being our target goal from releasing each new release. I don’t think we had ever imagined it happening prior to us doing an LP though.

You describe that sound as an expression of honesty and yet aggression. Do you feel that making this kind of music has been extremely cathartic for you? 

For me personally, massively. Every song is based off personal experiences and events that have taken place in my life. Whether it be about letting go of a first love (HURT), a song I wrote for my mother about how my father cheated on her and walked out on her (No Apology/ No Forgiveness), or a very personal and open song about trying to commit suicide (Nightmare). Every song holds a story.

Do you feel that music has it’s own way of connecting with people, and as a musician, how do you ensure that you always act with integrity when it comes to bringing this element into your music?

Without a doubt. Music is so powerful and I feel that ever since a child I’ve related with the lyrics of so many artists that have helped me out of my struggles, so I too try to create that same relation through my lyrics for our listeners. I get messages all the time from new fans who thank myself and the band for helping them out of their dark times just by listening to our music and it only drives us that much more to keep providing our story.

Do you feel with touring, streaming and even recording becoming more accessible, and with an enigmatic and intellectual band such as yourself, that it’s almost common these days to be DIY? 

We think so. I mean, it’s worked somewhat well for us since we’ve been around so it’s never something that’s going to slow us down, we are just constantly learning and growing as we go. But at the same time, there’s always the advantages of management and agents having their connections at some bigger offers at hand.

“People see Isotopes and laugh about how we’re named after The Simpsons, but the tracks take them to a dark place.”

You’ve been self proclaimed as ‘never slowing down’. What keeps you all so driven? At the same time how have you prevented the burn out? 

This is something we talk about all the time. We all have this attitude of ‘I’m not going to live forever, so why not go all out while I still can, and at times it does get slow because of our personal lives or working careers, but we still manage to keep each other motivated and push each other to keep that spark alive.

Finally do you feel that this band’s approach to step outside of your comfort zones, whether this is touring, or the way you blend genres, is what has given this band such longevity? 

That’s definitely a reason and I think a lot of people see that. But honestly I think a strong part in the role is how people see ISOTOPES and laugh about how the band was named after The Simpsons but then see how in depth our songs take them lyrically on this dark journey. It’s somewhat of a funny twist to the whole band. And also how everyone on YouTube randomly finds us and become new fans when looking up study notes for chemistry, that’s funny.





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