Words: James Frostick Band image: Stapled Together
Two years on from the release of its debut LP A Handful of Ash, scintillating Boorloo/Perth-based post-punk quartet New Talk is back with ‘Amytis’, the first taste from the band’s sophomore long-form effort Time & Memory. Coruscating in sound and tone, ‘Amytis’ touches on displacement of culture, alienation and isolation, and a longing for home – drawing influence from a legend from the distant past to underscore the societal issues permeating the present.
Heads up – here’s some new grit from Perth! Up-and-coming punk troupe Gaffer are set to release a seven-track demo later this month, filled with an immediate and arresting take on 70s and 80s punk and post-punk. Lead track ‘Hang’ is a furious blast that fuses anger and futility – a potent mix that gives off a sense of ‘nothing to lose’ abandon.
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