Premiere: NED COLLETTE – ‘THE OPTIMIST’

Words: James Frostick
Cover art: Maria Torres

In a few short months, Melbourne/Berlin songwriter Ned Collette will release a new double album of sparse and lingering dark folk through It Records. Drawing upon snippets written across the past decade, Old Chestnut will be filled with haunted musings from the cobwebbed corners of the mind. Lead single ‘The Optimist’ is one such evocative piece – a track that broods like dark clouds on the horizon, forecasting a malevolent but unavoidable storm.

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Premiere: SOLID EFFORT – ECHO CHAMBERS OF THE INNER WEST

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Jake Ollett
Album art: Botond Keresztesi

Sydney post-punk outfit Solid Effort is releasing its second EP Echo Chambers of the Inner West, giving the honours of first play to Weirdo Wasteland. The group weaves a sonic tapestry made up of disparate threads of punk, post-punk and pysch, where cryptic lyrics and social critiques add texture and emotion adds colour.

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In Review: BB AND THE BLIPS – DEMO (BLOW BLOOD RECORDS, 2018)

Words: James Frostick

Another week, another killer demo from a rising Sydney band. BB and the Blips dropped a dynamo collection of tracks earlier in the ear, carrying progressive sentiments and anger with the force of a boulder to the chest. A strong statement piece from a group that I hope has plenty more where that came from.

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In Review: BASIC HUMAN – CASSETTE (MEATSPIN RECORDS, 2018)

Words: James Frostick

Sydney punk outfit Basic Human dropped its debut release in mid-April like a lit explosive, dispensing with pleasantries and choosing to deliver its statement of intent at max volume. Cassette packs gnarled lyrical utterings that savage the soul and the status-quo, propelled along by ruthless noise that’s a step up from being primal, but still not too far removed from the primordial soup.

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