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Words: James Frostick
Gordon Koang image: Duncan Wright

Too many songs, not enough time. Australia’s underground music scene is as fertile as ever, with new releases spilling out into cyberspace at a rate that’s nearly impossible to track alone. Brief Breakdown is a semi-regular column that endeavours to quickly touch on some of the songs that have been released in recent weeks. The reviews may be brief, but the appreciation is enduring. For volume one, we’re listening to tracks from Gordon Koang, Introduction, Thibault, Geld, Elmo Aoyama, Syzygy, City Rose, HighSchool, Cool Sounds and more. Continue reading Listen: BRIEF BREAKDOWN VOL 1.


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. 

Continue reading Listen: DOUBLE VANITY – ‘ESCALATOR’


Words: James Frostick

Three years on from the release of her acclaimed SMACKWAVE EP, Spike Fuck returns to the limelight with a delicate off-cut from the SMACKWAVE sessions. ‘Body By Crystal’ is a sorrowful insight back to Spike’s times of addiction – an unflinching tale coloured in blueish hues, boasting love-bruised guitar peals and sighs tinged with palpable sadness.

Continue reading Listen: SPIKE FUCK – ‘BODY BY CRYSTAL’

Listen: DEAF WISH – ‘FFS’

Words: James Frostick
Image: Ela Stiles

Grizzled rock outfit Deaf Wish are back, baby! After pummelling eardrums with 2015’s Pain, the group have announced a new long player by the name of Lithium Zion. The first single from the album – ‘FFS’ – is a blistering hurly-burly reminder of the band’s potent disquiet, with an empowering outburst that seems to say that no matter how many times you get knocked to the dirt, no one can bury you.

Continue reading Listen: DEAF WISH – ‘FFS’