In Hearts Wake

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In Hearts Wake
In Hearts Wake performing in 2017
In Hearts Wake performing in 2017
Background information
OriginByron Bay, New South Wales, Australia
Years active2006–present
Associated acts
  • Jake Taylor
  • Eaven Dall
  • Ben Nairne
  • Kyle Erich
  • Conor Ward
Past members
  • Jayke West
  • Jack Deacon
  • Caleb Burton

In Hearts Wake are an Australian metalcore band from Byron Bay, formed in 2006. The band comprises vocalist Jake Taylor, guitarists Eaven Dall and Ben Nairne, bassist Kyle Erich, and drummer Conor Ward. They have released five studio albums: Divination, Earthwalker, Skydancer, Ark and Kaliyuga, which was released on 7 August 2020.[1] The band's lyrical themes include environmentalism, environmental justice, global warming, conservation, and other social issues.


Early years and first releases (2006–2010)[edit]

In Hearts Wake were formed in early 2006 composed of five friends that originate from Byron Bay, Australia.[2] In July 2006, the band recorded their first demo track "True Love Is Hard to Find". In December 2006, they recorded their debut 7-track EP, entitled Into the Storm. In early 2007, the band welcomed new drummer Caleb Burton and began to refine their sound, writing faster, heavier, more technical and melodic songs. In July 2007, they embarked on a tour that covered three Australian states and three major cities.

In December 2007, with an average age of just seventeen, the band began their 5-month studio recording schedule at SAE Institute in Byron Bay to produce their second EP with Scottish producer/engineer James Lyall, entitled The Gateway, which was self-financed by the producer and musicians and mixed by respected US engineer Daniel Castleman (As I Lay Dying, Winds of Plague).[3] In 2010, the band produced a split-EP together with the hardcore band The Bride.[4]

Divination (2011–2013)[edit]

In Hearts Wake signed their first professional recording deal with UNFD in July 2012. Their debut studio album, Divination, was released on 31 August 2012. Josh Schroeder produced the album at Random Awesome Studios in the United States of America.[5] Divination peaked at 27 on the ARIA charts.[6]

In March 2013, they played four shows in New Zealand.[7] In June, another Australia tour followed with support from Counterparts, The Storm Picturesque and Stories.[8] The first tour throughout Australia was held in September. In Hearts Wake toured with Landscapes as support for The Amity Affliction in Europe. The tour led the bands throughout the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, France and Austria.[9] The band continued touring together with The Amity Affliction on their "Brothers in Arms Australia Tour" alongside Chelsea Grin and Stick to Your Guns as support.[10]

Between 30 August 2013 and 8 September 2013, the band toured Australia alongside Like Moths to Flames and label mates Hand of Mercy in support of the "Homebound Tour" of Dream On, Dreamer.[11] After the "Homebound Tour", the band played four shows with British electronicore group Enter Shikari.[12]

Earthwalker and Skydancer (2013–2015)[edit]

In February and March 2014, they played Soundwave Festival in Australia for the first time.[13] Before playing at Soundwave, the band headlined the "Skydancer Australia Tour" with support from Hand of Mercy and Hellions. The earnings of the tour went to the band's own Skydancer project.[14][15]

The musicians announced they would release a new album, Earthwalker, on 2 May 2014 and in Europe at the end of May. The album peaked at No. 5 at official ARIA Charts.[6] In June, the band toured Australia again to promote Earthwalker with support from Being as an Ocean, Dream On, Dreamer, Endless Heights, and Sierra.[16]

In early March 2015, the band announced that they would be releasing a new album entitled Skydancer in May 2015. Jake Taylor stated in a documentary that the band actually recorded the new album alongside their second studio album Earthwalker.[17]

The band support Northlane on their "North American Node Tour" in the summer of 2015, Oceans Ate Alaska and Like Moths to Flames were support. The band then returned to North America the same year in the fall to support Parkway Drive on the "IRE Tour". Thy Art Is Murder and Miss May I joined as support.

On 31 March 2016, as an April Fool's Day joke, the band unveiled the final piece in their three album series entitled Seaskimmer to be released 6 May 2016.[18]

Equinox (2016–2017)[edit]

On 19 April 2016, the band announced that they had been working on a collaborative EP with Northlane entitled Equinox. It was recorded in January in Melbourne with producer Will Putney. The EP features three songs: "Refuge", "Equinox" and "Hologram" and was released on 20 April, through UNFD. To promote the EP, Northlane and In Hearts Wake co-headlined a tour in June.[19] Supporting them were Hands Like Houses and Ocean Grove.[20] On 5 December, touring member Conor Ward was officially announced as the band's new drummer.[21]

Ark and Ark Prevails (2017–2019)[edit]

On 2 April 2017, the band unveiled a new song "Warcry" during their UK tour in support of While She Sleeps. On 26 April, another single, "Passage", was released, and it was announced that both tracks were taken from their upcoming album Ark, released on 26 May 2017.[22]

Prior to the album's release, the band announced an Australian headline tour with While She Sleeps and Crossfaith in July 2017. The band also announced their We Are Waterborne Initiative, aiming to clean up beaches in Australia and around the world with their fans. Due to overwhelming support and praise for the Initiative, the band released a third track from Ark, "Waterborne", on 23 May.[23] After the release of Ark on 26 May, the album debuted at No. 3 on the Australian ARIA Charts.[24] In North America the band opened up for August Burns Red on their Messengers 10th Anniversary Tour with Protest the Hero and '68 as support.

To celebrate the release of Ark, the band embarked on their first beach clean-ups with fans for their newly created We Are Waterborne Initiative. Subsequent events were organized in New Zealand and regional Australia throughout 2017 and 2018 with the help of local marine conservation organizations Tangaroa Blue and Sea Shepherd.[25]

On 6 July, In Hearts Wake released a music video for the single "Nomad".[26] The music video features an all-girl mosh pit and is accompanied by a message from the band regarding safety and self-expression for all fans at their shows.[27] Shortly after, the band embarked on their Australian "Ark Tour", and also toured extensively in Europe and the United States in late 2017, co-headlining with Fit for a King, and support from Like Moths to Flames and Phinehas.[28] At the start of 2018, the band kicked off their 28-date "Great Southern Land Tour", which included shows all across Australia.[29]

On 2 February 2018, the band released Ark Prevails, a four-track Ark companion EP that includes three "re-imagined" acoustic versions of the songs "Frequency", "Waterborne", and "Arrow", the latter of which features guest vocals from CJ Gilpin, frontwoman of the UK band Dream State, as well as a new ambient instrumental track entitled "Adrift (Outro)". The release date of the EP was alluded to in the Ark album tray, which contained a hidden secret message that could be decoded using a cipher.[29] According to frontman Jake Taylor:

Last year we hid 02.02.18 within the Ark CD booklet and it could only be revealed by using the cypher (only a few figured it out!). So today we finally reveal to you Ark Prevails, bonus re-imaginings of three tracks as well as a special ambient piece. Some of these renditions you would have heard us play acoustically at our Marine Debris clean ups, which took place on the shores of waterways around the world. This four track offering is a thank you to everyone helping to re-steer the ship. May the Ark Prevail.

— Jake Taylor

All proceeds from the sale of Ark Prevails, via Bandcamp's "name your price" model, goes to Sea Shepherd Australia.[30] In Hearts Wake also joined the final touring portion of the Vans Warped Tour in 2018. They were joined along with Motionless in White, Simple Plan, Unearth, Every Time I Die, Wage War, Chelsea Grin, Crown the Empire, Nekrogoblikon and much more. After which, in June they performed an all ages "Ark Tour" in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.[31]

In January 2019, the band performed their Summer Setlist Tour and performed in Geelong, Albury, Canberra, Wollongong, Penrith and Newcastle, while also performing at UNIFY Gathering 2019 along the way. The tour was supported by Alpha Wolf and Drown This City, and was In Hearts Wake's only NSW, ACT & VIC shows for the year.[32]

Kaliyuga (2020–present)[edit]

On 17 March 2020, the band unveiled a new single titled "Worldwide Suicide" along with an accompanying music video in which the band intend to plant a tree for every 1 thousand views the below video for it generates.[33] On 1 April, like with the album cover Seaskimmer, as an April Fool's Day joke the band unveiled another album cover entitled Hellbringer.[34] On 24 April, the band released the second single "Son of a Witch" from their upcoming fifth studio album, Kaliyuga, which is scheduled to be released on 7 August 2020 along with a corresponding music video. At the same time, the band announced the album itself, the album cover, the track list, and release date.[35]

On 27 May, the band released the third single "Hellbringer" featuring Jamie Hails of Polaris. The single was inconspicuously teased by the band as an April Fool's Day joke with revelation that on the "album cover" of the single they already teased that Hails will feature on the song as his face was on the cover but halfway hidden. That same day, the band also revealed other guest musicians that will feature on the album.[36] On 8 July, the band released their fourth single "Dystopia".[37] On 5 August, two days before the album release, the band released their fifth single "Moving On".[38]

Musical style[edit]

In Heart Wake's musical style has been described as metalcore,[39][40][41][42][43][44][45] hardcore,[46][47][48] and nu metal.[43][49][50]




Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
Divination 27
  • Released: 2 May 2014
  • Label: UNFD, Rise
  • Format: CD, LP, cassette, digital download, streaming
  • Released: 1 May 2015
  • Label: UNFD, Rise
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download, streaming
  • Released: 26 May 2017
  • Label: UNFD, Rise
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download, streaming
  • Released: 7 August 2020
  • Label: UNFD, Rise
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download, streaming
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions
Title EP details Peak chart positions
Into the Storm
The Gateway
  • Released: 1 October 2008
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: CD, digital download
The Bride / In Hearts Wake
(with The Bride)
  • Released: 26 September 2010
  • Label: New Justice
  • Format: CD, digital download
(with Northlane)
  • Released: 20 April 2016
  • Label: UNFD
  • Format: EP, digital download, streaming
Ark Prevails
  • Released: 1 February 2018
  • Label: UNFD
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

Awards and nominations[edit]

AIR Awards[edit]

The Australian Independent Record Awards (known colloquially as the AIR Awards) is an annual awards night to recognise, promote and celebrate the success of Australia's Independent Music sector.

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2021 Kaliyuga Best Independent Heavy Album or EP Nominated [55][56]


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