Premiere: PROGRAM – ‘MOTORBIKE’

Words: James Frostick
Band photo: Chloe Mullowney
Album art: Jonno Ross-Brewin and James Kane

Melbourne five-piece Program (featuring members of The Stroppies, The Blinds, The Faculty, Meter Men and DARTS) is today announcing the mid-October release of Show Me – the band’s debut LP – through Anti Fade Records. Spearheading the announcement is the album lead single ‘Motorbike’ – a track of classic rock-radio-tinged melody mixed with a charming dollop of Australian twang. Although easy on the ears, the song’s breezy sound carries a feeling of earnest yearning – like you’re stuck inside while the outside world basks in the glory of a beautiful day.

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Video Premiere: NO SISTER – ‘BURNING NEWS’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Jack Riddle
Cover art: Masato Taksaka and Lisa Radford

As we enter a new month we inch closer to the release of Melbourne-based post-punk outfit No Sister’s new EP Influence. ‘Burning News’ – the second track to be released singularly before the EP’s official drop–  is an ominous and unsettling churner inspired by childhood memories. Although its origins are firmly rooted in past remembrances, the mental images that spawned ‘Burning News’ have found new meaning when considered in the context of the modern media landscape. 

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Listen: G2G – ‘YOU DON’T SAY SHIT RIGHT’

Words: James Frostick
Cover art: Annabel Blackman

Thrilling Sydney-born newcomers G2G have thrown another musical morsel into the yard for us starved animals to greedily fight over. ‘You Don’t Say Shit Right’ is another example of the three-piece unit’s knack for carving textured sculptures from blocks of raw dissonant sonic material.

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Premiere: DIE! DIE! DIE! – ‘CASUALTIES OF DECADES’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Joseph Leary

New Zealand’s own Die! Die! Die! are back with a cacophonous new EP due out next month – one born out of a frenzied period of writing and recording with its most heralded line-up. ‘Casualties Of Decades’ is a bona fide ripper that beats and pummels its way into the upper echelons of Die! Die! Die!’s storied and voluminous discography.

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Premiere: EXEK – ‘UNETIQUETTED’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Pia Hannah

Good news for fans of Melbourne-based proponents of post-punk-indebted gloom EXEK – the band has returned with news of a third LP. The record, entitled Some Beautiful Species Left, is dropping on September 6, and is a split release between France’s SDZ, Digital Regress in the USA, and Australia’s own Anti Fade Records. The record’s lead single ‘Unetiquetted’ is a slinky-and-irregular piece of outsider new-wave pop that hints towards a greater level of studio immersion.

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Premiere: EX-RENTAL – ‘PURE EMOTION / RAW DATA’

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Jake Ollett

New noise is emerging from Sydney’s experimental electronic scene courtesy of Jack De Lacy. ‘Pure Emotion / Raw Data’ is a thunderous assault on the senses. This slice of subterranean clang and throb is a study in the power of voice as an instrument that can be modulated, and how that bending via technology alters the role of the body and renders it redundant once the organic byproduct is harvested and refined.

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