Listen: MYSTERY GUEST – ‘THE RED DANCE’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Louis Oliver Roach

Melbourne two-piece outfit Mystery Guest are building momentum ahead of the release of their debut album Octagon City with new single ‘The Red Dance’ – a piece of understated-yet-hypnotic club-pop rhythm all about shedding inhibitions and giving yourself over to the act of dance, free of ego, identity and name.

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Video Premiere: TIM & THE BOYS – ‘SILENT ROOM’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Max Goodman

Sydney punk three-piece Tim & The Boys are putting the lid on their 2018 LP Growing with a visual treatment for the album’s last track, ‘Silent Room’. Perhaps the album’s most personal statement, the clip for ‘Silent Room’ utilises archived television footage to create a patchwork of moments, a summation of memory and experiences overlaid with disquieting statements about the human condition.

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Listen: STAR SLUSHY – ‘STAR SLUSHY S/WAY’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Glen Schenau

Brisbane-based experimental noise punks Star Slushy are set to release a new cassette filled with a mixture of studio and live recordings. The group revels in beautifully dissonant skronk – the kind that’ll have you recoiling at first, but stomping with the beat before long. 

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Video Premiere: SOLO CAREER – ‘FEELINGS’

Words: James Frostick

Sydney musician Annabel Blackman steps into the limelight under her bedroom pop moniker Solo Career with a new video clip tucked under her arm. The companion visuals to her lushly languid and ethereal track ‘Feelings’ – crafted by contemporary artist Matthew Griffin – perfectly match the purposeful spiritlessness of the song, which is lathered in despondence resulting from one-sided emotional giving.

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Listen: ROMERO – ‘HONEY’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Felix Mooneeram

Less than a month into 2020 and we have a frontrunner for song of the year. Melbourne power-pop five-piece Romero is dropping a double A-side brimming with trenchant energy. Brilliantly radiant and uncompromising from the outset, ‘Honey’ is the kind of summer-appropriate track we could use during a period of noxious current affairs.

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Premiere: CALIFORNIA GIRLS – ‘SMALL BIRDS’

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Tim Hardy

Canberra-based neo-synth-pop artist Gus McGrath aka California Girls is releasing the second track from his forthcoming record Beat Boy. ‘Small Birds’ is an irresistibly danceable track that places the listener in the bowels of a pulsing subterranean rave as Gus moves through a heaving mass of bodies, searching for true intimacy amid an uncaring world hooked on physical immediacy. 

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Listen: THE NATIVE CATS – ‘RUN WITH THE ROSES’

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Lou Conboy

Cerebral Hobart, Tasmania post-punk legends The Native Cats are back with a throbbing and piercing newbie. ‘Run With The Roses’ marks a complete shedding of inhibition for singer and synth wielder Chloe Alison Escott – an acknowledgement of her long-held wants and desires, and an eschewing of false guises and behaviours donned for the sake of politeness. 

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