Premiere: PLEASURE SYMBOLS – ‘IMAGE REFLECTED’

Words: James Frostick
Cover art: Haydn Hall and Matthew Deasy

Brisbane’s Pleasure Symbols have returned after a period of evolution with news of a debut full-length record. Lead single ‘Image Reflected’ shows off a polished sound, used perfectly to convey explorations of the self and the power of desire.

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Premiere: SYNTHETICS – CRUX EP (TENDER COLLECTION, 2019)

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Emily Herbert

Discordant Melbourne noise punks Synthetics are releasing their potent and acidic debut EP CRUX this month through Tender Collection. The EP is a cache of blasted and polluted noise, harnessed and focused into a potent sensory assault. Between the crunch and the clangour, Synthetics weave a brand of fury that is both nuanced and arresting. Continue reading Premiere: SYNTHETICS – CRUX EP (TENDER COLLECTION, 2019)

Listen: POSSIBLE HUMANS – ‘THE THUMPS’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Alex Macfarlane

Melbourne quintet Possible Humans has announced the imminent arrival of brand-new LP Everybody Split. Lead single ‘The Thumps’ is an even-keeled number that showcases a sublime sun-warped twang that sounds effortless and utterly enjoyable.

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Listen: SWEET WHIRL – ‘STRANGE NEWS’

Words: James Frostick

Esther Edquist of Superstar fame has remerged back on the scene with news of a new EP under her Sweet Whirl guise. Ahead of the May release of the six-song effort Love Songs & Poetry, Esther has gifted our ears the delicate and velvety single ‘Strange News’. The gorgeous folky track is saturated with a rosy-cheeked dreaminess, inspired by near-romances and missed chances.
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Listen: RAT REVENGE – I HATE MYSELF… BUT I LOVE RAT REVENGE (SELF RELEASE, 2019)

Words: James Frostick

Brisbane’s Rat Revenge is a new industrial-tinged post-punk two-piece that has just released its debut EP. The four-track offering is powered by the unholy union of desire and vengeance, and is a sublime example of interplay between textures and emotions. 

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