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Premiere: EGGY – ‘JOHNNY WHOOP’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Fabian Hunter
Album art: Ashley Goodall

This November, Naarm/Melbourne-based surrealist-pop wunderkinds Eggy will be releasing its debut full-length record Bravo! through Spoilsport Records. Today the band is sharing the first listen of Bravo!‘s lead single ‘Johnny Whoop’, a superb glimpse at the group’s sonic eccentricities – playfully odd, sitting at the more outré end of the indie-pop spectrum.

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Video Premiere: SHINING BIRD – ‘STRANGE LAND’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Olivia Trevor

Following on from the August release of ‘Deadlands’, the title track of their forthcoming third LP, Shining Bird are releasing a new single called ‘Strange Land’. Set to a backing of melodious and slightly melancholy indie Australiana, ‘Strange Land’ sees Shining Bird reckoning with a growing unfamiliarity with their home – the subtle changes that are  shaping it into something foreign and socially inhospitable. 

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Premiere: ELA STILES – ‘LOVER’

Words: James Frostick
Artist image and cover art: Cait Burgoyne

On October 7, Naarm/Melbourne-based singer and producer Ela Stiles will release Songs On Harmonium With Voice – a seven-track album featuring old and new songs reconfigured into solemn and austere compositions. ‘Lover’ is the album’s first single – a haunting and enthralling work that sees Ela manipulating the sparse palette of sound to make it feel all-encompassing – a frisson-inducing swell that could fill any vastness, physical or incorporeal.  

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Premiere: HYDRA FASHION WEEK – ‘SICK (DAY #132)’

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Laura Hannan

Hydra Fashion Week has just released a brand-new track composed in the midst of Naarm/Melbourne’s lockdown. ‘SICK (day #132)’ is a song steeped in a thick layer of melancholy, one that conveys the boredom, frustration and dispirited nature of being cut off from the world at large and the support systems we depend on.

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Premiere: ENCLAVE – ‘CROSSFIRE’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Rik Saunders
Cover art: Spiderxdeath

Today brings us a slab of chugging goth-tinged post-punk from Warrang/Sydney crew Enclave. The band’s new track ‘Crossfire’ is a gristly, caustic and acrimonious assault – a fury-laced indictment of systems that perpetuate trauma, dispossession and oppression.

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Premiere: GREGOR – ‘SENSELESS’

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Ellen Fairbairn

Naarm/Melbourne-based prog-pop maestro Gregor inches closer to the November release of their sophomore LP Destiny, today dropping a brand-new single from the record called ‘Senseless’.  Complex and multifaceted, ‘Senseless’ is a lavish tapestry of colour and sound – a layered piece that not only shows off some formidable compositional chops, but also deftly counterbalances sentiments surrounding indulgence and repeated mistakes. 

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Premiere: SMARTS – ‘CLING WRAP’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Jamie Wdziekonski

Smarts – a fresh Naarm/Melbourne-based crew comprised of members of Ausmuteants, Parsnip and The Living Eyes – are today announcing their forthcoming debut LP, which is landing in mid-October. The album’s name Who Needs Smarts, Anyway? poses an interesting question but lead single ‘Cling Wrap’ quickly provides an answer – Smarts is vital for anyone with a taste for whirling madcap sax-fuelled punk.

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Video Premiere: MARK’S PARANORMAL DYSNEYLAND – ‘MY DEPRESSION’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Dylan Jeffreys

Cover art: Fred Gooch

Meanjin/Brisbane-based crew Mark’s Paranormal Dysneyland is gearing up to release a new cassette via Eternal Soundcheck, dropping a clip today for visceral track ‘My Depression’. Unflinching and uncomfortable, ‘My Depression’ peels back the facade of abject misery, including listeners in the journey to pass through the dark core in hopes of breaking through on the other side. 

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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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