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Premiere: PRIMO! – ‘BEST AND FAIREST’

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.

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Listen: MYSTERY GUEST – ‘THE RED DANCE’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Louis Oliver Roach

Melbourne two-piece outfit Mystery Guest are building momentum ahead of the release of their debut album Octagon City with new single ‘The Red Dance’ – a piece of understated-yet-hypnotic club-pop rhythm all about shedding inhibitions and giving yourself over to the act of dance, free of ego, identity and name.

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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. 

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Premiere: EXEK – ‘UNETIQUETTED’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Pia Hannah

Good news for fans of Melbourne-based proponents of post-punk-indebted gloom EXEK – the band has returned with news of a third LP. The record, entitled Some Beautiful Species Left, is dropping on September 6, and is a split release between France’s SDZ, Digital Regress in the USA, and Australia’s own Anti Fade Records. The record’s lead single ‘Unetiquetted’ is a slinky-and-irregular piece of outsider new-wave pop that hints towards a greater level of studio immersion.

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In review: DR SURE’S UNUSUAL PRACTICE – THE WEST (MARTHOUSE, 2019)

Words: Doug Wallen

After a strong series of creature-feature singles, Dr. Sure’s Unusual Practice brings the same atmosphere of comic dread to its debut album. But while there are moments of political ire, the band is more notable for hanging back and snidely deconstructing the world at a self-imposed remove.

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Premiere: TERRIBLE SIGNAL – ‘RETIRE’

Words: Doug Wallen
Artist image: Bill Golding

Relocated from Perth to Melbourne, Hideous Sun Demon frontman Vincent Buchanan-Simpson doubles down on his surprising power-pop prowess with the new single from his solo outlet turned side band.

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