Premiere: NOUGHTS – CONTENT (WEIRD PLACE, 2019)

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Photoyunist

On the eve of Weird Place Fest 2, Melbourne’s NOUGHTS are dropping its second EP Content, packed full of furious and speedy punk. Laced with a form of pressing and encompassing frenzy, Content forcibly grabs the ears of listeners and earnestly imparts its message – seemingly as if time is of the essence and everything hinges on our comprehension. 

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Listen: ASCOT STABBER – ‘FUTILITY’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Luke Henery

Stalking the alleyways of Brisbane, Ascot Stabber emerges from the murk with the glint of sharp brand-new 7″ in hand. Barely restrained fury and brutal sonics collide, creating a murderous blend of hardcore with a sting that lingers long after the slap.

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In Review: SKYDECK – EUREKA MOMENT (DINOSAUR CITY RECORDS, 2019)

Words: Doug Wallen
Band image: Eva Lazzaro

Against the odds, a shelved collection of home-recorded instrumentals has earned a jolting second life as one of the year’s best Australian albums. Enter Skydeck, the unlikely Victorian duo getting high on their own supply of raw nerves and brooding discontent.

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Video Premiere: EMMA RUSSACK – ‘WINTER BLUES’

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Dannika Horvat

Prolific Melbourne songwriter Emma Russack has announced the July arrival of her fifth record, Winter Blues. Ahead of the album’s release, Emma gifted listeners a small taste in the form of the record’s title track. The gorgeous piano-led tune see’s Emma copping to her own bullshit, taking ownership of bad behaviour instead of simply passing it off as a byproduct of miserable weather. We’ve got a look at the track’s brand-new visuals!

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Premiere: MERE WOMEN – ‘SPELL’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Jaclyn Paterson

Hypnotic Sydney-based post-punk four-piece Mere Women return with news of a new full-length album rumbling just over the horizon. Precipitating the release of the record later in 2019, the band is teasing us with fresh single ‘Spell’,  a track that explores the notion of breaking away from bewitching coercion, rediscovering autonomy and the feeling of freedom.

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Listen: LOCAL AUTHORITY – ‘OIL RIGS’

Words: James Frostick

The ranks of Brisbane’s new crop of post-punk up-and-comers has swollen to include cerebral mood-moulders Local Authority. The trio has recently dropped its second-ever single ‘Oil Rigs’ – a lavish and textural track indebted to the band’s to shoegaze forebears, but angles to look inward, rather than downward.

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Listen: PINCH POINTS – ‘STRANGER DANGER’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Louis Oliver Roach

Melbourne/Naarm punk-meets-garage foursome Pinch Points inch closer to the release of its new full-length record Moving Parts with second single ‘Stranger Danger’. This speedy slice of frenetic noise is a tightly wound number that channels the fear of violence and harassment women feel while out in public, and the fury at being told that changing their own behaviour is the best form of prevention.

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