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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Premiere: EMPAT LIMA – CLING CLANG CLUTTER

Words: James Frostick
Banner image: Nicola Leone

After three years of work, Empat Lima is on the precipice of dropping its debut full-length album this Thursday June 28. Cling Clang Clutter showcases the Melbourne trio in full flight, soaring through styles and mind states across 45-odd minutes of astounding and perfectly executed free-wheeling pop madness. Diverse, distinct and downright irresistible – Cling Clang Clutter is a celebration of sound, paying homage to inspirations new and old. We’ve got an early listen for you to devour.

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Premiere: DRUNK MUMS – ‘ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES’

Words: James Frostick

Punchy and vagarious hard-rock outfit Drunk Mums are building up momentum towards another potent assemblage of hard-bitten noise. The band’s new album Urban Cowboy will be moseying over the horizon as the sun sets on 2018, but the Melbourne-via-Cairns malcontents are kicking the party off early with ‘Roll With The Punches’. The track is a hefty power-pop kicker about getting beaten down by life but never collapsing under the weight of its bullshit, proving beyond all doubt that nothing brightens a mood better than loud music.

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