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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.

Continue reading 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’

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.

Continue reading Listen: THE STROPPIES – ‘HOLES IN EVERYTHING’

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.

Continue reading Listen: CONCRETE LAWN – ‘AGGREGATE’

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.

Continue reading Listen: GAFFER – ‘HANG’

Premiere: PREFECT – ‘HELP!’

Words: James Frostick

After a few years writing and performing across other projects, the members of (the group formerly known as) Bitch Prefect have reunited to create a new record. The Ghost is the forthcoming third album from the Melbourne-via-Adelaide group, with lead single ‘Help!’ finding the trio once again wielding their strine-laced and guitar-forward sound to full effect, this time lingering on the nature of dependence, the passage of time and life never getting easier. Continue reading Premiere: PREFECT – ‘HELP!’

Listen: HEART BEACH – ‘ELASTIC’

Words: James Frostick
Image: James Frost

After a few years living and creating in Montreal, Hobart-born skuzz-pop outfit Heart Beach have returned to our snow-bereft shores, releasing a series of tracks composed during their sojourn abroad.  ‘Elastic’ is an ode to the unforgiving nature to reality, where good times are best enjoyed before life forgets its pliant nature and snaps back in your face.

Continue reading Listen: HEART BEACH – ‘ELASTIC’