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Listen: DEVOTIONS – ‘NIL BY MOUTH’

Words: Riley Fitzgerald
Band image: Ruby Gabe Varbørton and Bridghid Russell

Brisbane’s Devotions have recently emerged onto the scene, keeping movement inconspicuous and humble, but hooking us instantly with their first (and currently only) track, ‘Nil By Mouth’. Lush and engrossing, ‘Nil By Mouth’ is as enchanting an introduction as one could hope, and we’re already craving more.

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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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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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Listen: KITCHEN’S FLOOR – ‘BEFORE DAWN’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Glen Schenau/Blanket Canvassing

Matt Kennedy’s bare-bones downer punk outfit Kitchen’s Floor is back with another quintessentially trodden-on track. ‘Before Dawn’ catches Kennedy at a particularly grim low point – after the drink is gone and his friends have bailed, left alone in the quiet of the early morning with only his thoughts to keep him company.

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Premiere: TAPE/OFF – ‘WAKE IN FRIGHT’

Words: James Frostick
Image: Peter Krbavac

Following on from the release of their impressive full-length record Broadcast Park, Brisbane’s Tape/Off are today unveiling the visuals for single ‘Wake in Fright’. Influenced by the Australian outback’s vicious notoriety, the track and clip provide an unsettling snapshot of our landscape’s history and terrifying isolation.

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Interview: REBEL YELL

Words: James Frostick
Image: Ella Maximillion

At the end of June, Brisbane’s Rebel Yell released its debut album Hired Muscle through Rice is Nice. The record is filled from top to tail with resonant electro – a mesmerising intersection between vulnerable openness and furious cry of anger. We spoke briefly with Rebel Yell’s Grace Stevenson about the album’s creation and thematic intent.

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Premiere: LEXICON – ‘SHAME’

Words: James Frostick
Image: Jennifer Embelton

After a flurry of engaging live performances, Brisbane’s new kids on the block Lexicon are finally unleashing some long-awaited recordings. The band has quietly dropped its debut EP – the first tangible piece of Lexicon’s raucous output put to tape. Lead single ‘Shame’ is a vociferous and strong-armed piece of music that pairs a harnessed cacophony with an inward-facing lyrical scrutiny.

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