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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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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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Video Premiere: THE WERM – ‘SKINCRAWLIN”

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Emily Herbert

Simon Maisch from Melbourne/Naarm-based post-punk outfit Bitumen is stepping away from slithering industrial sonics with his new iso-project The Werm. Dipping into the realm of subterranean club music, Simon has fashioned a five-track EP of addled groove called Skincrawlin‘. We’re stoked to be premiering the visuals of the EP’s title track, which boasts mulched-up elements of conventional breakbeat that have been refashioned into a sublime slice of snappy downtempo EDM.

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Premiere: CHRIS SMITH – ‘ANIMAL’

Words: James Frostick

Melbourne/Naarm guitarist and songwriter Chris Smith is today announcing his fourth album Second Hand Smoke, his first full-length release since 2007’s Bad Orchestra. Lead single ‘Animal’ is a downcast self reckoning – a melancholy country-blues ballad about picking the stitching of the soul and plucking at the stuffing inside. 

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Premiere: CURED PINK – ‘THE NEW PUBLIC’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Josh Watson

Brisbane/Meanjin-born unconventional sonic outfit Cured Pink return with Current Climate – the first full-length album from the project in five years. Lead single ‘The New Public’ is a resonant and exhilarating listen, harnessing the outfit’s unbound ingenuity and knack for crafting singular sounds into something animated and engrossing. 

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Premiere: WYTCHINGS – ‘PATENT REDUX’

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Hyun Lee

Ahead of the release of her forthcoming EP Oculus, Sydney/Warrang electronic artist Wytchings is dropping new single ‘Patent Redux’. Constructed out of ghostly threads of soothing ambience and delicate synthetic pit-a-pat, ‘Patent Redux’ is a luminous and crystalline composition that belies its genesis as a way of reclaiming identity.

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Video Premiere: DR SURE’S UNUSUAL PRACTICE – ‘COLLAPSE’

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Tara Lea

A few months removed from the release of their new EP, Remember The Future? Vol. 1, oddball-punk outfit Dr Sure’s Unusual Practice are releasing the visuals for standout single ‘Collapse’. Make in conjunction with Ballarat-based Cake Industries, the mind-bending clip is a suitably warped accompaniment underscoring the grim prognostication at the core of the song itself.

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Listen: DAG – ‘I WILL MISS THE OCEAN (I WILL MISS THE TREES)’

Words: James Frostick

Three years on from the release of its debut LP Benefits of Solitude, Melbourne/Naarm-based group Dag has just dropped a new two-track release called Breathe Deeply. Lead single ‘I Will Miss The Ocean (I Will Miss The Trees)’ is a pristine piece of introspective songwriting – an ode to how the little things can tether and ground us when life’s errant gusts threaten to carry us off course. Continue reading Listen: DAG – ‘I WILL MISS THE OCEAN (I WILL MISS THE TREES)’

Premiere: HEXTAPE – ‘TOYOTA’

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Lou Wheeler

We are pleased as punch to be premiering ‘Toyota’ the new single from sound artist Hextape aka Bridget Chappell.  Shaped by moon-lit cityscape explorations and fractured science-fiction imagery, the track oscillates between nighttime lurk and throbbing, pulse-quickening techno.

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