Tag Archives: Melbourne Music

Listen: SLEEPER AND SNAKE – ‘SUGAR AND GOLD’

Words: James Frostick

Not far removed from a frenzy of activity with their other project Terry, Al Montfort and Amy Hill slow things down a touch with their new two-piece project Sleeper and Snake. ‘Sugar and Gold’ takes a look at Queensland – a state built by mountains of sugar cane, colonial greed, the slave trade and oppressive heat.

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Premiere: THE SNAKES – ‘SNAKES BDAY’

Words: James Frostick
Art: Eve Dadd + David Forcier

The Snakes have emerged from Melbourne’s swampy morass of punk with a phenomenally catchy interpretation of dissonant sleaze. The group will be putting a mini-LP out in March, but lead single ‘Snakes Bday’ is a perfect introduction to a band that is bringing a distinct edge to the scene.  

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Premiere: BANANAGUN – ‘DO YEAH’ / ‘TOP CAT’

Words: James Frostick
Band images: Jamie Wdziekonski

Melbourne’s Bananagun are dropping a brand-new 7” featuring some colourful examples of their 60s-inspired jazz-psych. ‘Do Yeah’ and ‘Top Cat’ shows the group’s expertise in not only recreating the sounds of their inspirations and precursors, but cunningly avoiding making it sound dated or rehashed.

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Premiere: PALM SPRINGS – PALM SPRINGS & FRIENDS (TENDER COLLECTION, 2018)

Words: James Frostick
Image: Jamie Wdziekonski

Erica Dunn – known to many as the magnetic guitarist and vocalist for bands such as MOD CON and Tropical Fuck Storm – has unplugged and mellowed for her solo guise Palm Springs. Palm Springs & Friends is Erica’s new album, out officially today through Tender Collection. The record is an incredible collection of outsider folk, plumbing the depths of Erica’s mind and offering eight tracks that are startling in their immediacy and lingering in their impact.  It’s our pleasure to premiere the album in full, as well as to talk to Erica about the record’s formation and creative intent.

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Listen: HEXDEBT – ‘COVENANT’

Words: James Frostick
Image: Jamie Wdziekonski

Coinciding with an incredible showing and response at their mini-fest HEXFEST, incandescent Melbourne-based quartet HEXDEBT have announced that a new album is approaching on the horizon. The first taste of the record is ‘Covenant’, a brilliant and searing example of HEXDEBT’s near-unmatched intensity and barely contained fury.

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Premiere: CRUSH CRUSH – SELF-TITLED (EASTMINT RECORDS, 2018)

Words: James Frostick

Ahead of the release of its official release on July 13 through Eastmint Records, avant-garde duo Crush Crush is giving us a preview listen of their debut self-titled album. Steeped in experimental sonic sensibilities, Crush Crush’s collection of tracks explores the possibilities of what can be done with less, resulting in a purposefully off-kilter but intriguing assembly of sounds.

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