Australian punk-pop outfit Tonight Alive are back on the scene and have announced the new album ‘Underworld’ alongside press news that guitarist and original member Whakaio Taahi has quit the band. Tonight Alive say the departure of Taahi comes after the guitarist “made the decision to step back from touring and pursue his own career in songwriting and producing outside of the band”.
“Whakaio loved and came alive in the creative process; it was a pleasure and privilege to witness,” say the band. “We know his heart and gifts belong in the studio and we continue to love and support each other as a family. The four of us consider ourselves to be one part of a greater whole, and will always hold a place for our brother and best friend, whose energy will be known, heard and felt for lifetimes.”
Jenna McDougall and the remaining members of the band will unleash their next full-length effort Underworld upon the real world on 12th January 2018, and according to the group’s record label UNFD, the record sees the band’s front woman awaken “feelings that she had repressed”, in order to use them “as a driving force when writing her lyrics”.
'Underworld' musically symbolises the totality of the band’s life coming full circle after experiencing their highest highs and lowest lows. They share an emotional journey into their personal shadows of the underworld, something they feel strongly we all possess within us. Singer Jenna McDougall artfully awoke the feelings that she had repressed and used them as a driving force when writing her lyrics and recording this album. She dissected her darkness to get a deeper understanding of who she really is and what she truly loves and it provided her the power and confidence to push herself to remember at the core, why she loves music. McDougall shares, “The album is called Underworld and I named it that because it reflects the ugly parts of me that I wasn’t ready to see until now.”