Video Premiere: EMMA RUSSACK – ‘WINTER BLUES’

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Dannika Horvat

Prolific Melbourne songwriter Emma Russack has announced the July arrival of her fifth record, Winter Blues. Ahead of the album’s release, Emma gifted listeners a small taste in the form of the record’s title track. The gorgeous piano-led tune see’s Emma copping to her own bullshit, taking ownership of bad behaviour instead of simply passing it off as a byproduct of miserable weather. We’ve got a look at the track’s brand-new visuals!

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Premiere: MERE WOMEN – ‘SPELL’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Jaclyn Paterson

Hypnotic Sydney-based post-punk four-piece Mere Women return with news of a new full-length album rumbling just over the horizon. Precipitating the release of the record later in 2019, the band is teasing us with fresh single ‘Spell’,  a track that explores the notion of breaking away from bewitching coercion, rediscovering autonomy and the feeling of freedom.

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Listen: LOCAL AUTHORITY – ‘OIL RIGS’

Words: James Frostick

The ranks of Brisbane’s new crop of post-punk up-and-comers has swollen to include cerebral mood-moulders Local Authority. The trio has recently dropped its second-ever single ‘Oil Rigs’ – a lavish and textural track indebted to the band’s to shoegaze forebears, but angles to look inward, rather than downward.

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Listen: PINCH POINTS – ‘STRANGER DANGER’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Louis Oliver Roach

Melbourne/Naarm punk-meets-garage foursome Pinch Points inch closer to the release of its new full-length record Moving Parts with second single ‘Stranger Danger’. This speedy slice of frenetic noise is a tightly wound number that channels the fear of violence and harassment women feel while out in public, and the fury at being told that changing their own behaviour is the best form of prevention.

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Premiere: PEAK TWINS – ‘WATER’

Words: James Frostick

It’s been a few years between drinks for Peak Twins, but the band is back with a new track that will quench the thirsts of those parched and craving new noise. ‘Water’ – the first single plucked from the band’s forthcoming album Beloved – is an affirming and heartening ode to the heartbroken and love-starved folk still who don’t find intimacy easy.

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Premiere: TERRIBLE SIGNAL – ‘RETIRE’

Words: Doug Wallen
Artist image: Bill Golding

Relocated from Perth to Melbourne, Hideous Sun Demon frontman Vincent Buchanan-Simpson doubles down on his surprising power-pop prowess with the new single from his solo outlet turned side band.

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Premiere: MOUNT TROUT – ‘I HAVE EVERYTHING’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Katherine Daly

Tasmanian transplants Mount Trout will be following up on 2016 LP Screwy with Shelter Belt, a brand-new record dropping on May 24. To a musical backing of tottering discordant folk, new single ‘I Have Everything’ sees Mount Trout counting its blessings – taking stock of life’s essentials and celebrating a humble glut of unconventional riches. 

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