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Rockin' The Suburbs With Nonberk

Rockin' The Suburbs - the interview about Brisbane, with Brisbane’s finest creatives.

Nonberk have officially entered their Nu-Metal era, joined by powerhouse frontwoman of ZZADE. ‘Mistress of Liars’ is a take on the classic riff-heavy Nonberk sound from previous releases with a fiery passion for uncovering the truth and consequences of karma. ZZADE's mesmerising voice adds flames to the fire of this track, giving us the collaboration that was meant to be. This self-produced release wields full creative control towards Nonberk’s vision, a sound that truly captures their blend of Nu-Metal and Alternative rock, gathering upon the extensive collective influence of each member’s evolution over the years.

Congratulations on your new release ‘Mistress of Liars’ featuring ZZADE! How did this collaboration come about? 

Sam and Zaac had previously worked with ZZADE and loved her style and energy. She is one of Brisbane’s must-watch up-and-coming artists. We hadn’t done a collaboration before and knew she would be perfect to create something awesome and new. 

What led you to explore the Nu-Metal genre for this release? 

Each member of the band has been a long time fan of Nu-Metal. Zaac had been listening to Korn’s debut album, System of a Down, Rage Against The Machine and Sam had been listening to artists like Profiler, Kijo and Ocean Grove that inspired this animosity. There are plenty of purely ZZADE inspired elements in there though.  

You have a night off to go and see live music in Brisbane. Which music venue are you going to first?   

First stop will always be the bloke on the corner of Brunswick and Wickham street posted up outside the bottle-o. Then it’s typically Tomcat and Greaser, nothing beats the smell of spilt booze, sweat, cheap perfume and cigs. Evilcorp is definitely our new favourite venue though. Such a cool place for shows and they have an all-year-round horror maze. 

The question that divides Brisbane… Northside or Southside? 

Samuel's Northside neighbours gave him a no-notice remedy breach for playing an electric drumset at 10am on a Friday. Samuel's Southside neighbours gave him a beer when he tuned their drumset for them. So by default the winner is Southside. 

Are there any hidden gem spots in Brisbane that you love and think more people should know about?  

Darra, because it’s such a simple place. And the fried chicken is to die for.   

What venue in Brisbane would you love to play that you haven’t yet and why? 

Probably the Tivoli, it’s such a cool venue.  


Who are some of your favorite local Brisbane musicians or bands that you think deserve more recognition?   

The Meloncholiac, Twisted Lullaby, the Dark Moon Society, Death In Midsummer, Harry Kidd, Bent, The Dandy’s The Backlit, MYRAGE, The Broken and the Wicked and Fixture. There’s honestly so many great underrated artists in the Brisbane music scene.

From photographers to visual artists, videographers or booking agents, do you have any Brisbane creatives that you’d like to give a shout-out to? 

Lexi Paulson, Francis (STATIC24) and Maxwel Morris, Levi Johns, Finn Negrello and Based Productions.


Newest member and bassist Kevin Boga takes the role of producer for the new Nonberk, assisted by co-producer and drummer Samuel Monk. Vocalist and guitarist Zaac Thompson has wielded the role of creating a new image for the band. Having collectively played nearly every existing Brisbane venue, this power trio know the ropes and are guaranteed to take you for a hell of a ride. Expect obscenely heavy yet groovy riffs wrapped up in unanimously epic hair pertaining to an incredibly approachable but endlessly exciting novel sound.

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