Listen: KITCHEN’S FLOOR – ‘EXPIRY’

Words: James Frostick
Image: Tia W. / Glen Schenau

Brisbane’s crown prince of downer-rock Matt Kennedy is back with a new Kitchen’s Floor release. Two tracks from a now-scrapped 7″ have been released via a free online download – both tracks imbued with Matt’s desperation-tinged worldview that’s suitably characteristic of the times we are living in.

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Listen: NO STATUES – ‘OVERTIME’

Words: James Frostick

Melbourne/Naarm-based dark-wave trio No Statues will be dropping a debut EP in May, but are already giving ears a sample of what’s to come with lead single ‘Overtime’. Despite being saturated in downtempo atmospherics, the track fills space with a calming aura. It’s moody, yes – but not entirely disconsolate. Continue reading Listen: NO STATUES – ‘OVERTIME’

Listen: SACHET – ‘ARNCLIFFE BABYLON’

Words: James Frostick

Sydney four-piece Sachet has dropped some new sounds (and accompanying visuals) from its forthcoming record Nets. ‘Arncliffe Babylon’ is a piece of engaging and oblique guitar pop – off-centre in such a way that it perfectly scratches an itch you never new existed. Continue reading Listen: SACHET – ‘ARNCLIFFE BABYLON’

Listen: OSBO – DEMO (SELF RELEASE, 2020)

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Carmen Juarez

If you’re in the market for some new Australian hardcore, Sydney’s OSBO might be just the ticket. Comprised of a few familiar faces from the Sydney scene, OSBO’s six-track demo is straightforward and energetic – two qualities all good hardcore needs.

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Premiere: CIRCLE PIT – WICKED WICKED TIME (DERO ARCADE, 2020)

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Chris Cornale

After several years in the wilderness, wickedly wayward Sydney rock-and-roll legends Circle Pit are back with a new-old EP. Wicked Wicked Time is comprised of four tracks written in the early stages of the band’s career, encapsulating them at a reckless, destructive, enlivening and entertaining part of their existence. Continue reading Premiere: CIRCLE PIT – WICKED WICKED TIME (DERO ARCADE, 2020)

Listen: HEARTS AND ROCKETS / ZIG ZAG – ‘YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE UNTIL YOU’VE HAD ENOUGH’ / ‘CRYING ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK’

Words: James Frostick
Hearts and Rockets band image: Kalindy Williams

Melbourne labels Psychic Hysteria and Roolette Records are teaming up to release a split 7″ (launching as a part of this year’s Brunswick Music Festival) featuring tracks from goth-tinged new-wave two-piece Hearts and Rockets and queer-punk quintet Zig Zag. Both tracks are frustration-laced and immediate, lamenting over suffocating relationships and the lack of financial stability while working as artists.

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Listen: THE STROPPIES – ‘HOLES IN EVERYTHING’

Words: James Frostick

After a breakout year that cemented them as one of the country’s finest proponents of earnest and insightful guitar pop, Melbourne’s The Stroppies are striking while the proverbial iron is hot by releasing a brand-new album called Look Alive! Lead single Holes in Everything immediately ranks amongst the band’s catchiest songs, capturing the enlivening (and terrifying) nature of romantic infatuation.

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