Beloved Australian rockers The Butterfly Effect have just released their commanding new single So Tired, a deep exploration of living life in the fast lane - offering a glimpse into the band’s hectic schedule and reckless partying back in the day.
After an extended hiatus, The Butterfly Effect made a triumphant return to the music scene in 2019 with their killer track Unbroken and a run of festival appearances.
So Tired is classic The Butterfly Effect – angry, pumping, complex rhythms and chord changes that only the most skilled musicians could conjure and master. The lyrics are pained, as the protagonist participates in troubling behaviours, in an attempt to run from the darker parts of the mind. It’s a serious, haunting track, but makes several important observations on ignoring poor mental health through the use of dangerous distractions.
Speaking on the introspective inspiration behind the track, lead guitarist Kurt Goedhart says, “This song is about excess; this song is about us. We started this band, then before we knew it, it became ‘hold on for your dear lives!’ We were in a cycle of writing, touring, recording, touring - and above all else, we were partying NON-STOP. If you wanna know what it is like to live that life, there is no better explanation than this song.”
“This song to me represents an internal battle we will most likely all face at one time in our lives. Depression, anxiety, fear, anger and a sense of hopelessness are all part of that battle. How do you deal with it on a day to day basis? How do you get through it? It can grind us down, leave us empty, with nothing in the ‘tank’. It can be a hell that some of us will struggle with for a long time,” explains vocalist Clint Boge. “Finding a temporary comfort can lead to a life long fight, climbing out of a hole dug by us. The grind is real, it’s ground hog day every day and it’s tiring and can cripple even the toughest of us. We have experienced these feelings and have come out the other side this is that story.”
I’m so f**king tired I can’t sleep. I’m so f**king wired I can’t speak. I’m burning alive I’m so beat. So god damned drained get off me,” sings Boge. “Fighting a demon you can’t see, he’s riding my back like a monkey. I just can’t escape, can’t break free. Fell to my knees I can’t breathe.”
The video for So Tired is truly bonkers, in every sense of the word – Sin City-esque and at times psychedelic, a person drives through an extra-terrestrial kind of city-scape, peppered with images from the lyrics of the song. It’s a total trip, as drummer Ben Hall jokes, “I liken this video to a pineapple Cruiser and a chat with a weird uncle over Christmas lunch… you’ll most certainly be left with more questions than answers!” Buckle up for the wild ride, and prepare yourself for the brilliantly ominous, intense vibe that reflects the themes and stressors within the song perfectly.
Fans will be thrilled to hear that The Butterfly Effect are gearing up for a new album in 2022, as Hall enthuses, “We’ve got a new album coming in 2022, the next single is also ready to go, it’s a savage tune and will be dropping in February. Phattest riff Puddles has written in 20 years. We’re hoping Covid restrictions will ease and Glenn can join us for the next studio sessions, making the experience more of a traditional recording scenario, minimal internet, lots of noise kind of thing.”
The Butterfly Effect is Ben Hall (drums), Clint Boge (lead vocals), Glenn Edmond (bass guitar) and Kurt Goedhart (lead guitar).