Auckland based emo-pop quartet Openside have already featured in 2018 in Alternative Press, Line of Best Fit and Billboard’s Pride Playlist. With two NZ Top 40 singles under their belt, ‘No Going Back’ and ‘I Feel Nothing,’ their incisive examinations of identity and relationships are resonating with an ever-growing audience.
After spending the winter touring New Zealand to play to all ages crowds and having supported everyone from Twenty One Pilots and Fall Out Boy to Ellie Goulding and Panic! At The Disco, the group have unleashed a three-track EP, EPISODE ONE: CHARACTER FLAWS accompanied by its very own comic book and launched at Auckand’s Armageddon comic culture expo in October.
Capturing all the energy of their live performances, assured songwriting and production, the first single, ‘Character Flaws’ is a self-described ‘anthem for the insecure’ that punches straight from the heart, reinforcing the connection the band are making with young audiences through their empowering messages, led by the group’s gender non binary vocalist Possum Plows.
All produced by Josh Fountain (Leisure, MAALA, Thomston) at Auckland’s Golden Age studio and mixed by Ken Andrews (Paramore), these new tracks bring the band’s sound into a wider spectrum as they set their sights on the world beyond New Zealand’s shores.