Brisbane’s blues-rock legends Transvaal Diamond Syndicate have been tearing up the Aussie music scene for a few years now with their unique sound that mixes hard-rock stylings, with a more traditional bluesy approach. Now, the group have returned with a brand new single that covers some pretty heavy ground, both figuratively and literally.

Coming as the lead single from the band’s upcoming The Shadow EP, ‘How’d You Get So Low’ is a track that tackles an all-too relevant topic – mental health.

Written in response to the passing of Liam Guthrie from the Tasmanian duo Guthrie, and taking influence from the personal trials of one of the band’s own members, ‘How’d You Get So Low’ sees the band kick off proceedings with an emotionally-charged instrumental, which ebbs and flows as it progresses, drawing the listener in.

Before you know it, we’re given a full-on assault that can’t be ignored. With lyrics that cover the topics of mental illness and depression, it all culminates in the asking of the ever-important question, how’d you get so low?

With the topic of mental health being at the forefront of discussions in recent years and months, Transvaal Diamond Syndicate’s single comes at a rather fitting time. With triple j holding their annual Ausmusic T-Shirt day today in conjunction with Support Act, now’s the perfect time to throw on your TDS shirt and have an open and frank discussion about these issues and how they affect those around you.

Transvaal Diamond Syndicate recently kicked off an Aussie tour in support of their new single, and are currently in the tour’s final stages. With the band set to hit up the Airlie Beach Music Festival, and Melbourne’s Cherry Fest, TDS are also set to head along to Echuca and Geelong as they bring their brand of dirty blues to eager crowds.

Stream Transvaal Diamond Syndicate’s ‘How’d You Get So Low’ below, and head to their Bandcamp to download a copy and help to raise money for Support Act.

Transvaal Diamond Syndicate’s ‘How’d You Get So Low’ tour

Thursday, November 9th – Sunday, November 12th
Airlie Beach Music Festival, Airlie Beach, QLD

Friday, November 24th
Shamrock Hotel, Echuca, VIC

Saturday, November 25th
Cherry Fest
Cherry Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Sunday, November 26th
Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC