Video Premiere: NEIL O’HARDTY – ‘MISS YOUR MOMENT’

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Endless Prowl

At the end of July, underground hip-up and electronica artist Neil O’Hardty (formerly known as Blackheart) will drop a new album. Before it hits, we’re premiering the visuals for fresh track ‘Miss Your Moment’ – a measured number that blends a loose mix of complementary genres together with grown-up sentiments about seizing opportunities when they arise.

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Video Premiere: NERVE QUAKES – ‘DIVE WRECK’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: James Taylor

Phenomenal Perth-based goth-tinged post-punk unit Nerve Quakes have stepped back into the spotlight with news of a new album close on the horizon. ‘Dive Wreck’ is the first cut from the record – a dynamic and stirring track examining the loneliness of anxious episodes and the necessity of a caring support network.

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Premiere: DISCO JUNK – ‘I’M NO GOOD WITH NUMBERS BUT I KNOW WHICH TRAM I’M ON’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Bridget Angee
Cover art: Mary Lou

Melbourne/Naarm punks Disco Junk have cooked up a brand-new ripper of a track, out digitally today as part of a split 7″ through Goodbye Boozy Records. ‘I’m No Good With Numbers But I know Which Tram I’m On’ is a scrappy-yet-infectious number brimming with energy and sporting a sarcastic sneer. 

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Listen: DOUBLE VANITY – ‘ESCALATOR’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Kalindy Williams

Melbourne/Naarm-based trio Double Vanity recently dropped ‘Escalator’ – the second track from its forthcoming length album (out later this year via Psychic Hysteria). A lush and languid effort, ‘Escalator’ is an ode to life’s relentless upward trajectory and a reminder to stop and smell the roses once in a while. 

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Premiere: TENDER CONNECTION – AN ISOLATION COMPILATION

Words: James Frostick
Romy Fox image: Keelan O’hehir
Artwork: Ange Deadbirdflying

As the country starts to slowly creep towards a sense of normalcy, several isolation-inspired projects are starting to see the light of day. The latest is Tender Connection – a compilation album put together by phenomenal queer-feminist label Tender Collection. The mix features work from a number of artists dabbling in the realms of experimental and outsider sound, resulting in a striking work that manages to form a silver lining of sorts around an incredibly dark cloud. We have the sincere privilege of premiering the release, which launches officially today!

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Interview: ACTIVITY IN ISOLATION – BLOW BLOOD RECORDS LAUNCHES A LONG TIME ALONE

Words: James Frostick
Shove band image: Bad Band Pix

Even though Australia’s live-music scene has come to a halt in the wake of the coronavirus lockdowns, musicians haven’t remained idle. Melbourne/Naarm-based punk label Blow Blood Records has assembled a killer crop of musicians to contribute to A Long Time Alone – a new mixtape of tracks composed by members of Australia’s underground in isolation. The compilation dropped digitally this week, so we chatted with Blow Blood head honcho Christina Pap about the genesis of the release and how music can unite a socially-distanced community. Continue reading Interview: ACTIVITY IN ISOLATION – BLOW BLOOD RECORDS LAUNCHES A LONG TIME ALONE

Interview: LOOKING BACK WITH ETERNAL SOUNDCHECK

Words: James Frostick
Meat Thump band image: Marriah Geles

Brisbane/Meanjin label Eternal Soundcheck has reached into the past to haul three unheralded projects into the present. The newest additions to the label’s catalogue include a compilation of EPs and unreleased tracks from dissonant no-wave band look!pond, a rediscovered live recording of outsider punk trio Meat Thump and a polished reworking of Liam Kenny’s 2016 solo album The White Man Is Oppressor. We chat to label head Matt Kennedy about the motivations behind releasing all three works in 2020, why he considers them special and what we can expect from Eternal Soundcheck moving forward.

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Listen: OILY BOYS – ‘HEADSTONE’

Words: James Frostick

Blistering hardcore-punk unit Oily Boys have returned with a ruckus. The NSW-based wrecking crew have a blistering debut LP of thirteen skin-flaying numbers loaded, cocked, aimed and ready to fire via Cool Death Records. Last week they sent a warning shot at our toes in the form of lead cut ‘Headstone’ – a pummelling taster hinting at what else they’re packing. 

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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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