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Listen: DOUBLE VANITY – ‘ESCALATOR’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Kalindy Williams

Melbourne/Naarm-based trio Double Vanity recently dropped ‘Escalator’ – the second track from its forthcoming length album (out later this year via Psychic Hysteria). A lush and languid effort, ‘Escalator’ is an ode to life’s relentless upward trajectory and a reminder to stop and smell the roses once in a while. 

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Premiere: SERF – ‘RESTORATION’

Words: James Frostick

Rory Maxwell – aka SERF – is releasing a fresh cut from his forthcoming debut album All You Need In Life Is Someone To Love And Your Family. On ‘Restoration’ SERF examines the pitfalls of technological over-reliance in the modern world via his enlivening brand of bedroom-crafted synth-rock.

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Premiere: CRASH MATERIAL – ‘OPIA’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Emma Dunstan

Emerging post-punk three-piece Crash Material will be beaming their debut EP to the masses on Sunday June 14, delivering the work via a special collaborative broadcast. Ahead of the EP’s arrival, we’ve got the first spin of lead single ‘Opia’ – a piece of urgent and turbulent noise freighted with vulnerability and inner strength. 

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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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Video Premiere: BIG BILL AND THE BIGOTS – ‘SUNDAY MOURNING’

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Grace Goodwin

Melbourne/Naarm-based musician Will Weir is adding more form and substance to his new caustic post-punk project Big Bill and the Bigots, releasing the visuals for his most-recent single ‘Sunday Mourning’. Boasting unsettling vampiric imagery, the clip pairs perfectly with the unhinged Australiana imbued within the track’s rasping sonics.

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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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Premiere: PARSNIP – ‘ADDING UP’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Jamie Wdziekonski
Cover art: Stella Rennex

Throw back the curtains and let the sun in – Parsnip is back with a brand-new four-song EP in tow! We’ve got the first spin of lead single ‘Adding Up’ – a signature Parsnip snappy pop-rock bop about making ends meet. 

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Listen: PLASTIC CHAIRS – SLEEP WALKING EP

Words: James Frostick

Melbourne/Naarm’s Plastic Chairs have released a new four-track offering filled with frenetic and off-kilter post-punk jams. The combination of quick-stepping percussion, serrated and angular guitars, and a weighty low end create an intense listening experience that threatens to go off the rails in the best way.

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Listen: NO STATUES – ‘OVERTIME’

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’

Listen: HEARTS AND ROCKETS / ZIG ZAG – ‘YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE UNTIL YOU’VE HAD ENOUGH’ / ‘CRYING ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK’

Words: James Frostick
Hearts and Rockets band image: Kalindy Williams

Melbourne labels Psychic Hysteria and Roolette Records are teaming up to release a split 7″ (launching as a part of this year’s Brunswick Music Festival) featuring tracks from goth-tinged new-wave two-piece Hearts and Rockets and queer-punk quintet Zig Zag. Both tracks are frustration-laced and immediate, lamenting over suffocating relationships and the lack of financial stability while working as artists.

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