Premiere: CRUSH CRUSH – SELF-TITLED (EASTMINT RECORDS, 2018)

Words: James Frostick

Ahead of the release of its official release on July 13 through Eastmint Records, avant-garde duo Crush Crush is giving us a preview listen of their debut self-titled album. Steeped in experimental sonic sensibilities, Crush Crush’s collection of tracks explores the possibilities of what can be done with less, resulting in a purposefully off-kilter but intriguing assembly of sounds.

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Video Premiere: HOT TO ROT – ‘KINDRED’

Words: James Frostick
Cover art: Loretta Wilde
Band shot: Coralee Hall

The newest face on the Hysterical Records roster is making moves. HoT To RoT is accelerating towards the release of its new EP in mid-August, but before the trio drops its collection of taught and sinewy post-punk, it’s releasing a DIY clip for its commanding debut single ‘Kindred’. We’ve got the first look here.

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Interview: REBEL YELL

Words: James Frostick
Image: Ella Maximillion

At the end of June, Brisbane’s Rebel Yell released its debut album Hired Muscle through Rice is Nice. The record is filled from top to tail with resonant electro – a mesmerising intersection between vulnerable openness and furious cry of anger. We spoke briefly with Rebel Yell’s Grace Stevenson about the album’s creation and thematic intent.

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Listen: NEW CENTRE OF THE UNIVERSE VOL. 3

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Jamie Wdziekonski
Cover art: Carolyn Hawkins

In 2012 and 2013, ANTI FADE Records released two seminal compilations featuring a bumper crop of Victorian artists, shining a spotlight on the sounds and styles of Melbourne the east coast of Australia. Nearly five years on and the record label is announcing a third compilation to be released on August 3. New Centre of the Universe Vol. 3 strikes a balance between the plethora of styles emerging from Victoria, assembling a stellar array of acts that encapsulate much of the state’s burgeoning underground scene.

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Feature: SWAMPLAND MAGAZINE AND THE FIGHT FOR LONG-FORM

Words: James Frostick
HTMLflowers banner image: Shannon May Powell

The arrival of Swampland Magazine marked a defining moment in Australian music journalism. An independent publication had been built from scratch, declaring intent to revitalise interest in long-form analysis of music from Australia’s cultural fringe. Four issues on and the magazine is staying true to its founding goal, reigniting a passion for print and the opportunities it can provide.

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Premiere: DARK FAIR – ‘OFF INTO MY HEAD’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Tracy Lee Hayes

Premiering today, searing alternative-rock duo Dark Fair are bringing some ferocity to the airwaves with new single ‘Off Into My Head’ – a tightly wound offering that sees the group exploring the insides of the mind and taking refuge amongst its reality obscuring sanctuary.

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