Sydney-based rock band Decapitators have spent the last year since their formation forging a cult-like following in the dingier parts of Sydney’s Inner West for their dark and harmonically intense brand of rock. Their debut single “Crystal Math” is a dynamic dancy guitar onslaught, which showcases vocalist Ivan Wowk in a rhythmic chanting chorus and echoing guitar layers; a track self-described as “dynamic, eerie, playfully dissonant and shrouded in breathy mystery.” With a sound reminiscent of UK garage rock bands of the 80s and 90s, Decapitators’ first official track sees them bursting onto Sydney’s rock scene with a fervour. The track is accompanied by a hypnotic, grungy, Donnie Darko-inspired music video that perfectly encapsulates the stormy sentiment of the song.
Decapitators is the product of a year-long trip to Mexico by two South Coast NSW friends. With no intentions for the music beyond writing songs on cheap guitars to pass the time, the jams quickly became anthems of the trip, and subsequently sentimental souvenirs. After some years of reprising these tunes every weekend upon reunion, Ivan (rhythm guitar and lead vocals) and Thorne (bass and backup vocals) began to dream of audiences beyond their immediate drunken social circles, and recruited two friends, one old (Matt on lead guitar and backing vocals) and one new (Tom on drums) to bolster the ranks.