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.

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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.

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Listen: NITE FIELDS – ‘NOT YOUR TIME’

Words: James Frostick

After embarking on an odyssey that took him from Brisbane to Moscow, Danny Venzin aka Nite Fields returns with a collection of new material informed and shaped by the frostbitten isolation of Russia. ‘Not Your Time’ is the first cut from forthcoming Nite Fields sophomore record A Voyeur Makes No Mark, a track with an icy exterior – cold to the touch – that belies a pulsing heat that exists just below the surface. 

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Listen: COLD MEAT – ‘BAD MOOD’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Alex Leech

A tempest is rising in the west. Perth punk four-piece Cold Meat have announced the forthcoming release of their debut full-length records Hot and Flustered. Lead single ‘Bad Mood’ is the the first lick of the furious storm to come – a punishing number boasting prickly riffs, uncompromising percussion and furious vocals that are well and truly fed up with everything and anything.

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Premiere: EN.V – ‘NEON COWBOY (RUNWAY EDIT)’

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Isabella Capizio, clothing by SÜK Workwear

Several years on from her debut 2016 EP Ur Future Is Bright, Melbourne electro-pop artist EN.V has returned with some new music. ‘Neon Cowboy’ is a roomy and irresistible piece of country-tinged dance – the mix of genres is less an ironic aesthetic choice, and more a melding of influences, namely the artist’s rural upbringing and adoration for contemporary dance pop.

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