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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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Listen: CONCRETE LAWN – ‘AGGREGATE’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Stephanie Liouos
Cover art: Maxine Booker

Sydney punk quartet Concrete Lawn are following up a 2018 demo release with a new record called Aggregate on April 1, filled with the group’s signature attention-grabbing noise. The unit are kicking off proceedings with the title track – a venomous spray aimed at the greedy elite, the treasure hoarders and the folks inhibiting progress.

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Video Premiere: RABBIT ISLAND – ‘IN THE FOREST, FAR AWAY’

Words: Doug Wallen
Banner image: Matthew Saville

A group of youngsters play happily together around a forest and creek in the enchanting video for a children’s song from Fremantle’s Amber Fresh, a.k.a. Rabbit Island. It heralds the reissue of her 2014 album Songs for Kids.

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Listen: GAFFER – ‘HANG’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Kyle Biggins

Heads up – here’s some new grit from Perth! Up-and-coming punk troupe Gaffer are set to release a seven-track demo later this month, filled with an immediate and arresting take on 70s and 80s punk and post-punk.  Lead track ‘Hang’ is a furious blast that fuses anger and futility – a potent mix that gives off a sense of ‘nothing to lose’ abandon.

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