Adelaide-based alternative-rock band Mad Cactus have recently unveiled their new single ‘Big Game’, lifted from their debut eight-track LP ‘Thirteen Dogs', recorded and produced by Dan Murtaghat of Debasement Studios, Melbourne.
‘Big Game’ takes cues from the likes of the groups staple influences Royal Blood, The Black Keys and SoundGarden. Opening with compelling melodic piano and the endearing vocals of front-man Tim Mellonie, the song builds into a gradual crescendo of brooding guitars and drums, before hitting its monstrous anthemic chorus.
Mellonie describes the motivation behind the track:“Wildlife conservation is something I’m very passionate about and consumes a huge chunk of my life outside of Mad Cactus. As a Keeper working at one of Australia’s largest zoological parks, a strong conservation message was bound to come through somewhere in the music.Throughout my career, I’ve had the unique opportunity to work closely with a range of rare and endangered species including the Southern White Rhino. I wanted to do something a little different with our song Big Game. I wanted to help raise awareness regarding the plight of wild rhinoceros and exposesome of the brutality that comes with the trade of rhino horn.”
Since their inception in late-2014, Mad Cactus have released their debut single ‘Dream Killer’that earned a nomination for ‘Best Heavy Act’ by the South Australian Music Awards(2016). The group have also become a mainstay on the local Adelaide scene playing a slew of gigs and building a loyal following.
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