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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: TOR – ‘WIFI HEAD’

Words: James Frostick

Today we’re stoked to be introducing Tor – an up-and-coming trio specialising in a dizzying brand of rip-roaring punk. Limber guitars, nervy synth and snappy percussive punctuation, Tor’s new single ‘Wifi Head’ is an attention-grabbing critique of our technological dependency, a stinging condemnation from a group of kids that have been savvily surfing the net since they were small. Continue reading Premiere: TOR – ‘WIFI HEAD’

Listen: TOM LYNGCOLN – ‘2020 VISION’

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Moodwar

Ahead of the August 14 release of his second solo album Raging Head, Melbourne/Naarm-based musician Tom Lyngcoln (Harmony, The Nation Blue) is dropping new single ‘2020 Vision’ today. Although likely penned prior to the world going to hell in a handbasket, this blistering squall perfectly encapsulates the shit-show that has been 2020 so far. 

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Premiere: DISCO JUNK – ‘I’M NO GOOD WITH NUMBERS BUT I KNOW WHICH TRAM I’M ON’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Bridget Angee
Cover art: Mary Lou

Melbourne/Naarm punks Disco Junk have cooked up a brand-new ripper of a track, out digitally today as part of a split 7″ through Goodbye Boozy Records. ‘I’m No Good With Numbers But I know Which Tram I’m On’ is a scrappy-yet-infectious number brimming with energy and sporting a sarcastic sneer. 

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Interview: ACTIVITY IN ISOLATION – BLOW BLOOD RECORDS LAUNCHES A LONG TIME ALONE

Words: James Frostick
Shove band image: Bad Band Pix

Even though Australia’s live-music scene has come to a halt in the wake of the coronavirus lockdowns, musicians haven’t remained idle. Melbourne/Naarm-based punk label Blow Blood Records has assembled a killer crop of musicians to contribute to A Long Time Alone – a new mixtape of tracks composed by members of Australia’s underground in isolation. The compilation dropped digitally this week, so we chatted with Blow Blood head honcho Christina Pap about the genesis of the release and how music can unite a socially-distanced community. Continue reading Interview: ACTIVITY IN ISOLATION – BLOW BLOOD RECORDS LAUNCHES A LONG TIME ALONE

Listen: IF SO WHY – ‘DEMAGOGUE’

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Words: James Frostick

Melbourne/Naarm-based newcomers If So Why are making some early moves, slowly building up a catalogue of intimidating bone-crunching noise-punk thumpers. New single ‘Demagogue’ is a churning and foreboding slab of mulched-up apocalyptic sonic turbulence, a terrific example of when more is better.

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Premiere: THE BACKS – ‘GODZILLA 1954’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Hugene Raggy

Hard-hitting Melbourne/Naarm garage-punk crew The Backs are following up a couple of EPs with a new single – the first in a planned series coming out this year. ‘Godzilla 1954’ is a potent heater that shines a spotlight on the growing white nationalism movement in Australia and its undeniably destructive nature.

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Listen: THE FACULTY – ‘CHRISSY MOLTISANTI’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Emily Herbert

Melbourne’s The Faculty are back with news of a new EP in the chamber. Before pulling back the hammer and unloading Here’s To Fun’s eight tracks of wild punk rock, they’re starting with a warning shot in the form of new single ‘Chrissy Moltisanti’ – a zippy number touching on those that place a higher importance on their own social standing than their relationships. 

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Video Premiere: APCO – ‘SCHIZOPHRENIMARES’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Max Williams

Earlier this month, Victorian gutter punks APCO dropped their hefty debut LP into our laps. While we’re still reeling from the record’s weighty punch, the group has followed up the haymaker with a snappy uppercut to the jaw in the form of the surreal and confronting visual treatment for lead single ‘Schizophrenimares’. Continue reading Video Premiere: APCO – ‘SCHIZOPHRENIMARES’