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Listen: CIVIC – ‘TELL THE PAPERS’

Words: James Frostick

Naarm/Melbourne gutter-rock all-stars CIVIC continue to build momentum towards the release of its debut long-play record Future Forecast (out later this month on Flightless Records) with second single ‘Tell The Papers’. This auditory assault, while direct and relentless, conveys a far-out tale that traverses time and space – existential subject matter put to a soundtrack that’s best suited for shaking those heavy thoughts out of your noggin.

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Listen: JACKSON REID BRIGGS & THE HEATERS – ‘BEEN WAITING’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Clint Morgan

Following on from last year’s barnstorming long-player Hammered, Naarm/Melbourne-based punk posse Jackson Reid Briggs & The Heaters are back with another gnarly offering. ‘Been Waiting’ is the first prickly piece of music from the group’s forthcoming fifth record Waiting In A Corner. The track is propelled by the group’s signature sense of raucous energy, but heightened production serves to highlight the sextet’s bruising appeal in greater detail.

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Premiere: BITCH DIESEL – ‘HAIL’

Words: Doug Wallen
Band image: Gunay 

After nearly a year and a half between releases, Naarm/Melbourne psych-punk trio Bitch Diesel are suddenly a flurry of activity, dropping a new four-song tape on the way to a full album later this year.

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Watch: CIVIC – ‘RADIANT EYE’

Words: James Frostick

CIVIC – one of Naarm/Melbourne’s most compelling proponents of rugged, rip-roaring rock and roll – return with a hot new 7″, out now via Flightless Records. ‘Radiant Eye’ is a heated slice of CIVIC’s signature sprint, boasting percussive kicks that leave dents and licks that leave scorch marks.

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PREMIERE: SUPER-X – SUPER-X (SPOILSPORT RECORDS, 2020)

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Krister Bladh

Today marks the official release of SUPER-X’s debut self-titled album – a collection of head-rattling noise punk that delivers on the band’s early potential. Although blistering, bullying and blunt in tone and aesthetic, SUPER-X imbue their aural brouhaha with a rugged beauty that elevates the collection out of the murk.

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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