High Tension

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High Tension
OriginMelbourne, VIC
GenresHardcore, Sludge
Years active2012 - present
LabelsCooking Vinyl
Associated actsYoung & Restless, The Nation Blue, Love Like... Electrocution, Heirs, YVLA, R U N
MembersKarina Utomo, Matt Weston, Mike Deslandes, Lauren Hammel
Past membersDamian Coward, Dan McKay, Ash Pegram

Band Members

  • Current Line-Up
    • Karina Utomo (vocals)
    • Matt Weston (bass)
    • Mike Delandes (guitar)
    • Lauren Hammel (drums)
  • Former members
    • Ash Pegram (guitar) 2012 - 2015
    • Damian Coward (drums) 2012 - 2013, 2014 - 2015
    • Dan McKay (drums) 2013 - 2014

Band Information

Formed in Melbourne in 2012 by Karina Utomo and Ash Pegram of Young & Restless, Matt Weston from The Nation Blue and Heirs/Love Like... Electrocution drummer Damian Coward, High Tension made an impact almost immediately with their downloadable EP High Risk, High Rewards. A short time later they toured with Karnivool. In early 2013 they appeared at Pushover in Melbourne with The Amity Affliction and Dream On, Dreamer and did a short run of dates to launch the vinyl version of the EP. Coward departed the band and The Nation Blue's Dan McKay took his place. High Tension then toured with Lo! and Death Beat was released late 2013. The album was nominated for the Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal album at 2014's ARIA AWards.

McKay returned in 2015 and the Bully album appeared in June. Following the album's release, Mike Deslandes and Lauren Hammel joined High Tension and in 2016 the band played the Laneway festival series, Splendour in the Grass and toured with Deafheaven. High Tension toured with Refused and Sick of it All in early 2017 and were set for a national tour in the second half of the year but had to cancel for personal reasons.

In the first half of 2018 the band played at Download in Melbourne, headlined Blacken Open Air and appeared at Dark Mofo. Purge was released in June and supported by a national tour, followed by a tour with The Bronx and shows in Indonesia. High Tension appeared at both shows of the Download festival in early 2019. Mid-year they did a brief Australian tour but since then High Tension has been inactive.



2013 Death Beat Independent
2015 Bully Cooking Vinyl
2018 Purge Cooking Vinyl


2012 High Risk, High Rewards Independent