Listen: XILCH – ‘MY WORLD’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: zkphoto

With a gnashing fury buoyed by a destructive sonic onslaught, Sydney’s XILCH are on the cusp of unleashing its debut cassette release. ‘My World’ exemplifies the band’s penchant for unrelenting  power, with influence plumbed from some of punk’s nihilistic best. 

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Premiere: REALITY INSTRUCTORS – RITUAL IGNORANT (ETERNAL MEMO RECORDS, 2019)

Words: James Frostick 

Self-described ‘aggro-jangle’ three piece Reality Instructors are on the cusp of unveiling their debut long-play record, Ritual Ignorant. The product of gambles, sacrifice and ‘at-all-costs’ dedication, Ritual Ignorant is a ferocious post-punk cry – a piercing and rebellious body of work that reverberates and echoes wildly in the face of bewildering social regression and encroaching silence. 

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Listen: DEVOTIONS – ‘NIL BY MOUTH’

Words: Riley Fitzgerald
Band image: Ruby Gabe Varbørton and Bridghid Russell

Brisbane’s Devotions have recently emerged onto the scene, keeping movement inconspicuous and humble, but hooking us instantly with their first (and currently only) track, ‘Nil By Mouth’. Lush and engrossing, ‘Nil By Mouth’ is as enchanting an introduction as one could hope, and we’re already craving more.

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Premiere: NOUGHTS – CONTENT (WEIRD PLACE, 2019)

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Photoyunist

On the eve of Weird Place Fest 2, Melbourne’s NOUGHTS are dropping its second EP Content, packed full of furious and speedy punk. Laced with a form of pressing and encompassing frenzy, Content forcibly grabs the ears of listeners and earnestly imparts its message – seemingly as if time is of the essence and everything hinges on our comprehension. 

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Listen: ASCOT STABBER – ‘FUTILITY’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Luke Henery

Stalking the alleyways of Brisbane, Ascot Stabber emerges from the murk with the glint of sharp brand-new 7″ in hand. Barely restrained fury and brutal sonics collide, creating a murderous blend of hardcore with a sting that lingers long after the slap.

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In Review: SKYDECK – EUREKA MOMENT (DINOSAUR CITY RECORDS, 2019)

Words: Doug Wallen
Band image: Eva Lazzaro

Against the odds, a shelved collection of home-recorded instrumentals has earned a jolting second life as one of the year’s best Australian albums. Enter Skydeck, the unlikely Victorian duo getting high on their own supply of raw nerves and brooding discontent.

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Video Premiere: EMMA RUSSACK – ‘WINTER BLUES’

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Dannika Horvat

Prolific Melbourne songwriter Emma Russack has announced the July arrival of her fifth record, Winter Blues. Ahead of the album’s release, Emma gifted listeners a small taste in the form of the record’s title track. The gorgeous piano-led tune see’s Emma copping to her own bullshit, taking ownership of bad behaviour instead of simply passing it off as a byproduct of miserable weather. We’ve got a look at the track’s brand-new visuals!

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