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Premiere: SMARTS – ‘CLING WRAP’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Jamie Wdziekonski

Smarts – a fresh Naarm/Melbourne-based crew comprised of members of Ausmuteants, Parsnip and The Living Eyes – are today announcing their forthcoming debut LP, which is landing in mid-October. The album’s name Who Needs Smarts, Anyway? poses an interesting question but lead single ‘Cling Wrap’ quickly provides an answer – Smarts is vital for anyone with a taste for whirling madcap sax-fuelled punk.

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Premiere: ALIEN NOSEJOB – ‘AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT’

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Carolyn Hawkins

On October 2 Alien Nosejob will drop its second full-length LP of 2020. Once Again The Present Becomes The Past is an adventurous concept record focusing on the 1942 Bombing of Darwin, examined through a hardcore-punk lens. Today we’re premiering lead single ‘Airborne Toxic Event’ – a galloping heater that strikes quickly and relentlessly.
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Premiere: VINTAGE CROP – ‘GRIDLOCK’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Chelsea King

Two years on from the release of their debut LP New Age and one year removed from 2019’s Company Man EP, Geelong-born punk foursome Vintage Crop return with a new full-length record in the pipeline called Serve to Serve Again. Today we’re premiering the record’s first single ‘Gridlock’ – a nimble and nervy punk number that’s the perfect antidote for bumper-to-bumper peak-hour frustration.

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Listen: BANANAGUN – ‘THE MASTER’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Jamie Wdziekonski

After micro-dosing the masses with a couple of vibrant lead-up singles, Bananagun are mere weeks away from releasing their debut LP The True Story of Bananagun. Before the record’s kaleidoscopic splendour is truly revealed, the group has one more taster to offer. ‘The Master’ is an entrancing number that exhibits the band’s knack for penning psychedelic jams with equal portions of measured restraint and uninhibited release. Continue reading Listen: BANANAGUN – ‘THE MASTER’

Premiere: PARSNIP – ‘ADDING UP’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Jamie Wdziekonski
Cover art: Stella Rennex

Throw back the curtains and let the sun in – Parsnip is back with a brand-new four-song EP in tow! We’ve got the first spin of lead single ‘Adding Up’ – a signature Parsnip snappy pop-rock bop about making ends meet. 

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In review: ALBUMS RELEASED IN JANUARY 2020

Words: James Frostick

In an effort to keep track of the year’s best recorded material, Weirdo Wasteland will be releasing monthly round-ups of albums that we didn’t have enough time to cover in depth at the time of release. Although these are shorter write-ups, review length shouldn’t be taken as an indicator of album quality – everything listed is good and should be given proper time of day to indulge appropriately. Here is the best of what arrived in January …

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Premiere: PRIMO! – ‘BEST AND FAIREST’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: ZP

Two years on from the release of their stellar LP Amici, Melbourne’s Primo! return with the first cut off follow-up record Sogni. Lead single ‘Best and Fairest’ is a thoughtful number that explores the idea of a perfect life – the choices we make and how they enrich or devalue the quality of our existence.

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Premiere: PROGRAM – ‘MOTORBIKE’

Words: James Frostick
Band photo: Chloe Mullowney
Album art: Jonno Ross-Brewin and James Kane

Melbourne five-piece Program (featuring members of The Stroppies, The Blinds, The Faculty, Meter Men and DARTS) is today announcing the mid-October release of Show Me – the band’s debut LP – through Anti Fade Records. Spearheading the announcement is the album lead single ‘Motorbike’ – a track of classic rock-radio-tinged melody mixed with a charming dollop of Australian twang. Although easy on the ears, the song’s breezy sound carries a feeling of earnest yearning – like you’re stuck inside while the outside world basks in the glory of a beautiful day.

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Premiere: EXEK – ‘UNETIQUETTED’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Pia Hannah

Good news for fans of Melbourne-based proponents of post-punk-indebted gloom EXEK – the band has returned with news of a third LP. The record, entitled Some Beautiful Species Left, is dropping on September 6, and is a split release between France’s SDZ, Digital Regress in the USA, and Australia’s own Anti Fade Records. The record’s lead single ‘Unetiquetted’ is a slinky-and-irregular piece of outsider new-wave pop that hints towards a greater level of studio immersion.

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Premiere: CIVIC – ‘SELLING, SUCKING, BLACKMAIL, BRIBES’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Julian Hocking

Gutter-rock goons Civic are keeping one lead foot on the accelerator with a brand-new scuzzed-up double-hitter. As one half of a split release with Anti Fade Records and Floridian label Total Punk, Civic’s newest 7″ contains a speedy racket / venomous spray that contains the band’s signature sonic fury, but with a tempo and directness that has been dialled up a few notches.

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