Fourth Son South / New EP Machine talks “about life and hope”

Fourth Son South, from South Africa, will release their new EP, Machine, on 21 January 2022. Machine is the follow-up to their debut album The Sounds Around Your Head, released in 2020.

“The songs on Machine are about life and hope,” Dutch-born founder, guitarist and vocalist Peter Toussaint told MetalTalk. “Life has been hard during the past two years, but there is always a silver lining that we can focus on.”

Machine contains a remix of their successful single Hold On. The original version is below and on the MetalTalk Spotify playlist.

Fourth Son South  cover of Machine
Fourth Son South Machine

“The songs Hold On and Power To The People were written earlier in 2021, ” Toussaint says, “and the other three songs in September. I wrote all songs and recorded most of the instrument and vocal tracks in my home studio. The drums for Hold On were recorded earlier in the year at Wagon Wheel Records in Pretoria. The other drum tracks were recorded at ContentLink Studio, also in Pretoria.

“Tomorrow’s Better is about the confusing life that one can find yourself in. What are the values that you should cherish? And again, if you’re not there yet today, tomorrow is a new day with new light.

“As soon as I wrote the song Tomorrow’s Better, I knew that there should be a male and a female vocalist, responding to each other. Our drummer Carel also plays in a band called Thinking Feet, where Melissa [Osbourne] does the lead vocals. She’s got an amazing voice, and I knew I wanted to do this song with her.

“Thankfully, she also liked the song and came to the studio to sing her parts. She is such a great person to work with, and I’m very glad I asked her.”

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