Tag Archives: Melbourne Music


Words: James Frostick

Melbourne/Naarm-based dark-wave trio No Statues will be dropping a debut EP in May, but are already giving ears a sample of what’s to come with lead single ‘Overtime’. Despite being saturated in downtempo atmospherics, the track fills space with a calming aura. It’s moody, yes – but not entirely disconsolate. Continue reading Listen: NO STATUES – ‘OVERTIME’


Words: James Frostick

After a breakout year that cemented them as one of the country’s finest proponents of earnest and insightful guitar pop, Melbourne’s The Stroppies are striking while the proverbial iron is hot by releasing a brand-new album called Look Alive! Lead single Holes in Everything immediately ranks amongst the band’s catchiest songs, capturing the enlivening (and terrifying) nature of romantic infatuation.

Continue reading Listen: THE STROPPIES – ‘HOLES IN EVERYTHING’


Words: James Frostick
Image: James Frost

After a few years living and creating in Montreal, Hobart-born skuzz-pop outfit Heart Beach have returned to our snow-bereft shores, releasing a series of tracks composed during their sojourn abroad.  ‘Elastic’ is an ode to the unforgiving nature to reality, where good times are best enjoyed before life forgets its pliant nature and snaps back in your face.

Continue reading Listen: HEART BEACH – ‘ELASTIC’


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.

Continue reading Premiere: PRIMO! – ‘BEST AND FAIREST’

Listen: ROT T.V. – ‘F.D.A.’

Words: James Frostick
Band pic: Bill Golding

Draped in black leather and black denim, Melbourne’s full-moon rock’n’rollers ROT T.V. are on the cusp of dropping their very first 7-inch single. The single’s A-side track F.D.A. is a suitably full-throttle introduction. Here – fuelled by a hungry intensity and boasting a carnivorous edge – ROT T.V. circles like a pack of predatory animals, gradually wearing down your defences until they’re close enough to bite. 

Continue reading Listen: ROT T.V. – ‘F.D.A.’

Video Premiere: NO SISTER – ‘BURNING NEWS’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Jack Riddle
Cover art: Masato Taksaka and Lisa Radford

As we enter a new month we inch closer to the release of Melbourne-based post-punk outfit No Sister’s new EP Influence. ‘Burning News’ – the second track to be released singularly before the EP’s official drop–  is an ominous and unsettling churner inspired by childhood memories. Although its origins are firmly rooted in past remembrances, the mental images that spawned ‘Burning News’ have found new meaning when considered in the context of the modern media landscape. 

Continue reading Video Premiere: NO SISTER – ‘BURNING NEWS’


Words: James Frostick

Three years on from the release of her acclaimed SMACKWAVE EP, Spike Fuck returns to the limelight with a delicate off-cut from the SMACKWAVE sessions. ‘Body By Crystal’ is a sorrowful insight back to Spike’s times of addiction – an unflinching tale coloured in blueish hues, boasting love-bruised guitar peals and sighs tinged with palpable sadness.

Continue reading Listen: SPIKE FUCK – ‘BODY BY CRYSTAL’