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Premiere: CONSTANT MONGREL – ‘LIVING IN EXCELLENCE’

Words: James Frostick

Renowned Melbourne post-punk unit Constant Mongrel are winding the gears ahead of the release of their new album Living In Excellence next month. In true Constant Mongrel form, the record carries a weighty sound, burdened with wry critique and self-reflection. It’s an album that casts an eye over the world and its troubles, while also acknowledging the inherent failings and hypocrisy of white, middle-class living. We’re premiering the first single from the record – the title track – plus a chat with the band!

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Premiere: THE LITTLE HAND OF THE FAITHFUL – IS WITH YOU (PSYCHIC HYSTERIA, 2018)

Words: James Frostick

Ahead of its release on August 17, we’re hosting a preview stream of The little hand of the faithful’s new instrumental record, is with you. The brainchild of Scattered Order’s Mitchell Jones, is with you is an amalgamation of disparate sounds, welded together to form a machine that’s at times intimidating in sound, but engrossing in vision.

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Premiere: CRUSH CRUSH – SELF-TITLED (EASTMINT RECORDS, 2018)

Words: James Frostick

Ahead of the release of its official release on July 13 through Eastmint Records, avant-garde duo Crush Crush is giving us a preview listen of their debut self-titled album. Steeped in experimental sonic sensibilities, Crush Crush’s collection of tracks explores the possibilities of what can be done with less, resulting in a purposefully off-kilter but intriguing assembly of sounds.

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Premiere: EMPAT LIMA – CLING CLANG CLUTTER

Words: James Frostick
Banner image: Nicola Leone

After three years of work, Empat Lima is on the precipice of dropping its debut full-length album this Thursday June 28. Cling Clang Clutter showcases the Melbourne trio in full flight, soaring through styles and mind states across 45-odd minutes of astounding and perfectly executed free-wheeling pop madness. Diverse, distinct and downright irresistible – Cling Clang Clutter is a celebration of sound, paying homage to inspirations new and old. We’ve got an early listen for you to devour.

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Premiere: MARES – WHEREWITHAL (PSYCHIC HYSTERIA, 2018)

Words: James Frostick
Artwork: Zoe Irving

Melbourne’s Mares are on the precipice of dropping their new full-length album Wherewithal on Friday June 1. Following a strong showing with lead single ‘Aeroplane Mode’, the band will be ushering forth nine tracks of gritty post-punk lathered in an atmospheric mood. The tracks within the album showcase a sharp dichotomy between blinding light and unassailable dark, an endless conflict set within the twists and folds of the mind. We’ve been given the opportunity to share with you the first listen of the LP, which will be out imminently through Psychic Hysteria.

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Premiere: SHOEB AHMAD – “quiver”

Words: James Frostick
Banner image: Adam J Bragg

On May 28, Canberra musician Shoeb Ahmad will be releasing “quiver”, a full-length record of revelatory music. “quiver” is the culmination of an intense period of self discovery. It charts transitions and exposures, movements and divergences. It is a soundtrack of vulnerability, tenderness and empathy, with a sonic palette that ebbs and flows in mirror to life’s own peaks and troughs.

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