\”Casanova\” was the first new music from the band since its 2019 debut The Dark Pool. The track swung heads for its elevated imagery— dripping in glitter and Hollywood glam. Thornhill back things up again with \”Arkangel.\” They no doubt confirm that they\’ve stepped into an inspired new era, both musically and visually. They also prove, yet again, that they are one of the most forward-thinking bands in Australia today.
Thornhill guitarist Ethan McCann shares how the track came to life instrumentally, saying, \”I started writing \’Arkangel\’ after surrounding myself with media from the late \’90s and early \’00s. I found the hit of nostalgia to be incredibly comforting while we were all locked away. I wanted this song to make you feel the way I felt watching these shows and movies from this period, so I treated it almost like a film score. I found the opening credits to the old Sarah Michelle Gellar Buffy series and basically wrote to that opening sequence. The sections of the song move quite rapidly, the root changes three or four times within the first minute which to me is what a band full of teenagers would be doing in their garage. They don\’t really know what they’re doing but it feels natural and is such a perfect representation of that era that they are living in.\”
Charlton adds how he leant into McCann\’s instrumentation when crafting the narrative behind the track, sharing, \”I usually write lyrics and melodies around the general atmosphere Ethan brings to each track to better bring it forward in the listener and myself, as a lyricist. But this time around with Ethan\’s newfound method of creating, I decided to change up my work flow and write a bit more like a script or movie narrative to allow for more ambiguous storytelling and attitude to come through, rather than just giving up the meaning straight away. \’Arkangel\’ is an alternate take on the story of \’Icarus,\’ discussing the tension between two lovers who become violent with one another as friction builds in their lustful affair.\”
Having just stepped off the stage at UNIFY, Thornhill play Full Tilt and support In Hearts Wake on their Australian tour over summer, before making their debut in the U.S. in support of Dayseeker in April. The band also returns to the UK and Europe to join Bury Tomorrow and August Burns Red throughout October and November.