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Watch: CIVIC – ‘RADIANT EYE’

Words: James Frostick

CIVIC – one of Naarm/Melbourne’s most compelling proponents of rugged, rip-roaring rock and roll – return with a hot new 7″, out now via Flightless Records. ‘Radiant Eye’ is a heated slice of CIVIC’s signature sprint, boasting percussive kicks that leave dents and licks that leave scorch marks.

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Premiere: BANANAGUN – ‘CRANE IN THE TIGER’S MOUTH’

Words: James Frostick
Band Image: Jamie Wdziekonski

After dominating 2020 with two highly regarded releases, Naarm/Melbourne psychedelic-rhythmic juggernaut Bananagun is looking to make it a victorious trifecta. The group is capping off its phenomenal run with a timely reissue of its 2019 ‘Do Yeah’ 7″ single. ‘Crane In The Tiger’s Mouth’ – a previously unreleased track crafted during the ‘Do Yeah’ sessions – documents the group’s foray into whimsical jazz-infused territory.  

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Track by Track: MAHNE FRAME – MAD WORLD (SELF RELEASE, 2020)

Words: James Frostick and Mahne Frame
Artist image: Tex Crick

Last week, Warrang/Sydney-born and Tokyo-based producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mahne Frame released MAD WORLD – an album of dystopian no-hoper club thump. A vivid reflection of contemporary millennial malaise, the search for purpose and holding on to love and positivity in a world quickly going to the dogs, the record is the perfect soundtrack for our turbulent times.

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Listen: SARAH MARY CHADWICK- ‘EVERY LOSER NEEDS A MOTHER’

Words: Lakshmi Krishnan
Artist image: Simon Karis

Sarah Mary Chadwick introduces her seventh full-length LP with an achingly post-satirical, post-grunge lead single and video ‘Every Loser Needs A Mother’. Stripped-back with a darkly confessional pairing of toughened piano refrains and vocals, Chadwick honours her past with a “smirkingly [brutal] self-depreciating” force.

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Premiere: CONG JOSIE – ‘LEATHER WHIP’

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Margarita Strateas

Nicolaas Oogjes is stepping away from the heat-beat release of NO ZU – donning a Stetson and a pair of Cuban heels, thereby transforming into his outsized cowboy-electronica and synth-sleaze persona Cong Josie. Today marks a formal introduction to the artist’s enigmatic sonic persona via new digital single ‘Leather Whip’. This rodeo is a throbbing piece of sweat-drenched hedonism and peacocking virility that cloaks a tongue-in-cheek self-awareness and earnest critique. It’s a striking and unpredictable turn for a figure who has built a career out of creative artistic pivots.

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Premiere: GLITORIS – THE SLUT POWER SESSIONS – LIVE AT THE BASEMENT (BUTTERCUP RECORDS, 2020)

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Martin Ollman

Heralding the beginning of a rebuild for much of Australia’s music scene, Canberra-based punk four-piece Glitoris is releasing a live album filled end-to-end with scorching, apoplectic and unapologetic sonic pummelers. The Slut Power Sessions – Live at The Basement is more than just a scintillating recorded set of Glitoris’ greatest hits (so far), it’s a reminder of the band’s vital middle-finger-to-the-patriarchy ethos and the enlivening nature of the unadulterated live music spectacle.

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Listen: JUNE JONES – ‘JENNY (BREATHE)’

Words: Jasmine Alavuk

With new single ‘Jenny (Breathe)’, June Jones of Two Steps on the Water fame steps further into the spotlight as a solo artist. This is a song of survival, which June sings to herself and others who, in her words, are “hurting and [need] a place to rest, recalibrate, and breathe”.

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Listen: RATH – SELF-TITLED EP

Words: Connor Drum

RATH is the COVID-19 bedroom solo project of Sean Bailey (also of LAKES, GRANE and TOL), and his self-titled three-track tape is an excellent gothy response to the extremely grim reality of contemporary Australian life, and an interesting sketch for a concept that boasts a lot of potential.

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Listen: PERMITS – ‘IT TAKES A LONG TIME (TO BE FREE OF SOCIETY)’

Words: James Frostick

Emerging at a pivotal time is Permits, a band comprised of a murderer’s row of acclaimed Naarm/Melbourne-based musicians. Originally an outlet designed to document and house abandoned songs and musical concepts, the group (comprised of members of The Shifters, Pop Singles, Chook Race and Dag) have utilised the recent lockdown period to bring these disparate ideas to life for a forthcoming album out in November via Tenth Court. Lead track ‘It Takes A Long Time (To Be Free Of Society)’ channels feelings of societal malaise via sun-dappled melodic jangle – a genre each member has helped shape separately, now executed flawlessly together.

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Premiere: TB RIDGE AS THE DIRECTOR – ‘ROCK N ROLL HEART’

Words: James Frostick

Tom Ridgewell – member of Naarm/Melbourne underground luminaries Constant Mongrel, Woollen Kits and Calamari Girls – is stepping away from a band framework to create under his solo moniker TB Ridge As The Director. In November TB Ridge will be dropping a five-track EP via Anti Fade Records that doubles as a love letter to good old-fashioned rock’n’roll. Lead single ‘Rock N Roll Heart’ showcases a playful subversion of stylistic hallmarks that have been imbued with Tom’s own charismatic musical essence.

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