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Track by Track: KIM SALMON & THE SURREALISTS – RANTINGS FROM THE BOOK OF SWAMP (SELF RELEASE, 2020)

Words: James Frostick and Kim Salmon
Artist image: Semiconductor Media

On Kim Salmon & The Surrealists’ eighth record Rantings From The Book Of Swamp, the enduring Aus underground veterans are getting weird with it. A worldwide live-streamed improvised performance is now a double album, one that smoulders and crackles with the immediacy of a live recording, but with an off-kilter poise that could only be nailed by a crew of seasoned veterans.

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Track by Track: THIBAULT – OR NOT THIBAULT (CHAPTER MUSIC, 2020)

Words: James Frostick and Nicole Thibault
Band image: Jamie Wdziekonski

Today Naarm/Melbourne-based dream-pop outfit Thibault releases its brand-new LP Or Not Thibault via esteemed label Chapter Music. Comprised of Nicole Thibault of Minimum Chips fame and members of current-gen groups such as Parsnip, Traffik Island and The Ocean Party, Thibault revels in lush and considered sounds – music that inspires a kind of beatific calm. Nicole has kindly shared insight into the record, including the thoughts that shaped and inspired it.

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Premiere: TOR – ‘WIFI HEAD’

Words: James Frostick

Today we’re stoked to be introducing Tor – an up-and-coming trio specialising in a dizzying brand of rip-roaring punk. Limber guitars, nervy synth and snappy percussive punctuation, Tor’s new single ‘Wifi Head’ is an attention-grabbing critique of our technological dependency, a stinging condemnation from a group of kids that have been savvily surfing the net since they were small. Continue reading Premiere: TOR – ‘WIFI HEAD’

Premiere: BIN LICKER – CAVE CANEM (ETERNAL SOUNDCHECK, 2020)

Words: James Frostick
Band image and cover art: Summer Hiskens

Brisbane/Meanjin three-piece Bin Licker are today releasing Cave Canem – a brand-new cassette EP via Eternal Soundcheck – and we’re giving it a spin. Boasting four tracks of arresting mutant noise, Cave Canem is a hefty dose of cask-strength junk punk – the kind of warped skronk that you can only emanate from the heat-warped crevices of the Sunshine State’s southeast corner. 

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Premiere: ALIEN NOSEJOB – ‘AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT’

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Carolyn Hawkins

On October 2 Alien Nosejob will drop its second full-length LP of 2020. Once Again The Present Becomes The Past is an adventurous concept record focusing on the 1942 Bombing of Darwin, examined through a hardcore-punk lens. Today we’re premiering lead single ‘Airborne Toxic Event’ – a galloping heater that strikes quickly and relentlessly.
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Track by Track: POP FILTER – BANKSIA (BOBO INTEGRAL, OSBORNE AGAIN, SPUNK RECORDS, 2020)

Words: James Frostick & Pop Filter

On Friday August 21, Pop Filter released its debut record Banksia. While the album is somewhat of a continuation of the at-ease sound of progenitor outfit The Ocean Party, Banksia listens like a separate entity. The band took the time to share some insight on the album at large, revealing a maturity and composure that can only have been forged through a near-decade of constant collective creation. 

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Premiere: APCO – ‘DOGGONE (GOBLIN RIBS)’

Words: James Frostick

After dropping a kiloton of blistering and hard-chugging punk on our heads back in April in the form of their self-titled LP, Melbourne/Naarm wrecking crew APCO are back with a fresh slice of bare-boned crank. ‘Doggone (Goblin Ribs)’ is a prickly demo fashioned in isolation out in Victoria’s west – a murky taster of the band’s next batch of nervy punk wallopers. Continue reading Premiere: APCO – ‘DOGGONE (GOBLIN RIBS)’

Track by Track: TOM LYNGCOLN – RAGING HEAD (SOLAR/SONAR, 2020)

Words: James Frostick / Tom Lyngcoln
Image: Moodwar

Last week, Melbourne/Naarm-based musician Tom Lyngcoln (Harmony / The Nation Blue) released his second solo record Raging Head. A collection of immediate and arresting pandemonium, Raging Head shows Tom at his most furious, twisting himself into knots and lacerating everything in reach. Tom has kindly consented to breaking down the record track by track, from its peculiar composition to its conceptual drive.

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Premiere: HIDEOUS SUN DEMON – ‘DISTRACTIONS’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: James Morris

Ever-entertaining Perth/Boorloo three-piece Hideous Sun Demon are making a racket of late – creating new music in anticipation of a to-be-announced release later this year. On Thursday the crew will officially drop a fresh single called ‘Distractions’, but we’ve got the pleasure of giving it the first spin today. Hideous Sun Demon have pivoted from the psych-fuzz of their earlier releases, crafting a gripping post-punk churner that explores our constant need for a diversion from life’s underwhelming reality, especially after the methods we use to offset it have lost their efficacy. 

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Premiere: CHLOE ALISON ESCOTT – ‘I KNOW THE SOUL BY ITS PRESENCE IN OTHERS’

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Sarah Rhodes

Chloe Alison Escott – one half of Tasmanian noise-punk duo The Native Cats – will be releasing a new solo record in October via Chapter Music. Stars Under Contract is an album of pared-back piano and voice compositions – twin foundations supporting a collection of reflective thoughts and musings. We’re thrilled to be premiering the video for the album’s new single ‘I Know the Soul By Its Presence in Others’ – a delicate piece showcasing the tenderness and subtle majesty evident on the record at large. 

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