Premiere: THE BACKS – ‘GODZILLA 1954’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Hugene Raggy

Hard-hitting Melbourne/Naarm garage-punk crew The Backs are following up a couple of EPs with a new single – the first in a planned series coming out this year. ‘Godzilla 1954’ is a potent heater that shines a spotlight on the growing white nationalism movement in Australia and its undeniably destructive nature.

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Listen: LE VILLEJUIF UNDERGROUND – ‘GHOST OF THE WATER’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Camille Bokhobza

Australian-born and France-based nomadic troubadour Nathan Roche has resurfaced alongside his band Le Villejuif Underground with a new 7″ in the can, out now through Born Bad Records. The A-side track ‘Ghost of the Water’ is a tipsy take on liquor-soaked excess and drying out – the promise of sobriety and the clarity we hope it will bring. Continue reading Listen: LE VILLEJUIF UNDERGROUND – ‘GHOST OF THE WATER’

Video Premiere: SIMONA CASTRICUM – ‘THE PRESENT’

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: FAINT Agency

After drip-feeding a succession of tracks to build momentum ahead the arrival of forthcoming record Panic/Desire, synthwave and technopop maestro Simona Castricum is sharing the visuals for the album’s third single ‘The Present’. Part resistance anthem and part club-friendly cathartic release, ‘The Present’ is a firm rebuke at the anti-transgender sentiments communicated by conservative media outlets and backwards political institutions, as well as a message of support for her allies in the trenches. 

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Premiere: ENDERIE – 3 (ANTEROGRADE, 2020)

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Sabina Rysnik

New noise emerges from the far reaches of Australia’s dance scene as Enderie releases a new collection of unsound electro thump.  3 – the new four-track EP out today via Anterograde – further charts Enderie’s trajectory from avant-rock destructor to hardware-manipulating club heretic. Exploratory and revelatory, 3 is a masterclass in deciphering how a mechanism works by taking it apart and playing with its core components. 

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Video premiere: BUSHING – ‘X I A N X P’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Jacob Miller

Sydney crew Bushing are putting final pieces in place for their forthcoming debut LP Thanatophobia, ratcheting up activity with a brand-new clip for recently released single ‘X I A N X P’ (pronounced ‘Christian Experience’). An ominous slab of art-punk noise, ‘X I A N X P’ dissects that narrative surrounding Australia’s early settlement culture and the gradual dissipation of religious spirit over the ensuing generations.

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Video Premiere: 208L CONTAINERS – ‘I DRIVE AN AUDI INTO TOWN’

Words: James Frostick
Album art: Molly Turner

Hobart/Nipaluna garage-punk quartet 208L Containers are today releasing their brand-new cassette LP called Horseland through Rough Skies Records. To celebrate, the group is putting forth the visuals for new single ‘I Drive An Audi Into Town’ – a slab of careening and acrimonious noise aimed squarely at the selfish upper class. Continue reading Video Premiere: 208L CONTAINERS – ‘I DRIVE AN AUDI INTO TOWN’

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