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Premiere: SERF – ‘RESTORATION’

Words: James Frostick

Rory Maxwell – aka SERF – is releasing a fresh cut from his forthcoming debut album All You Need In Life Is Someone To Love And Your Family. On ‘Restoration’ SERF examines the pitfalls of technological over-reliance in the modern world via his enlivening brand of bedroom-crafted synth-rock.

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Premiere: VINTAGE CROP – ‘GRIDLOCK’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Chelsea King

Two years on from the release of their debut LP New Age and one year removed from 2019’s Company Man EP, Geelong-born punk foursome Vintage Crop return with a new full-length record in the pipeline called Serve to Serve Again. Today we’re premiering the record’s first single ‘Gridlock’ – a nimble and nervy punk number that’s the perfect antidote for bumper-to-bumper peak-hour frustration.

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Premiere: HOOPER CRESCENT – ‘LOGOS’

Words: James Frostick
Image: Kalindy Williams

Melbourne art-rock crew Hooper Crescent are following up their self-titled 2018 EP with Object Permanence, a full-length record arriving at the end of July. We’re stoked to be sharing the first listen of lead single ‘Logos’, a snappy number that examines the disconnect between creativity and capitalism.

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Premiere: CRASH MATERIAL – ‘OPIA’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Emma Dunstan

Emerging post-punk three-piece Crash Material will be beaming their debut EP to the masses on Sunday June 14, delivering the work via a special collaborative broadcast. Ahead of the EP’s arrival, we’ve got the first spin of lead single ‘Opia’ – a piece of urgent and turbulent noise freighted with vulnerability and inner strength. 

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Listen: BANANAGUN – ‘THE MASTER’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Jamie Wdziekonski

After micro-dosing the masses with a couple of vibrant lead-up singles, Bananagun are mere weeks away from releasing their debut LP The True Story of Bananagun. Before the record’s kaleidoscopic splendour is truly revealed, the group has one more taster to offer. ‘The Master’ is an entrancing number that exhibits the band’s knack for penning psychedelic jams with equal portions of measured restraint and uninhibited release. Continue reading Listen: BANANAGUN – ‘THE MASTER’

Listen: DSM-V – ‘INTO NOTHING’ / ‘FUNCTION’

Words: James Frostick

Marc Dwyer (of Buzz Kull fame) and Morgan Wright (head honcho of Burning Rose Records) have joined forces for a new electronic concept DSM-V. The duo has just put out a double-single release, featuring two tracks of sublime post-punk-tinged EBM. 

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Listen: IF SO WHY – ‘DEMAGOGUE’

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Words: James Frostick

Melbourne/Naarm-based newcomers If So Why are making some early moves, slowly building up a catalogue of intimidating bone-crunching noise-punk thumpers. New single ‘Demagogue’ is a churning and foreboding slab of mulched-up apocalyptic sonic turbulence, a terrific example of when more is better.

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Premiere: NKDX – ‘EVIL ORGASM’

Words: James Frostick

The duo of Nicholas Kuceli and Dan Stewart have teamed up once more for a new NKDX release, collaborating on a forthcoming digital and cassette album called A Drive With NKDX. Lead track ‘Evil Orgasm’ puts us in the back seat as NK and DX take us on a joyride through the underbelly of a murky metropolis, cruising through the city’s interconnected arterial roadways, leaving nothing but reverberations of the tandem’s voltaic techno in our wake. 

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Premiere: CALIFORNIA GIRLS – ‘OUT THE DOOR’

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Joe Brennan

California Girls, the moniker of dark-electro artist Gus McGrath, is inching closer to the release of his new LP Beat Boy. The record’s third single ‘Out The Door’ drops tomorrow, and we’re stoked to provide the first listen. Here Gus rips himself apart to the frenetic thump of the beat, searching for connection and company amidst the steaming heave of the dance-floor. Continue reading Premiere: CALIFORNIA GIRLS – ‘OUT THE DOOR’