NEW MUSIC: The Attractor Beams – Only

Man, what a killer song. The Replacements meets Slint and Television seems to be the through-line when referencing The Attractor Beams‘ music. You can hear that for sure – in the the ragged vocal that walks a tightrope between desperation and enthusiasm and the Television styled push-and-pull bass lines. The guitar run the gamut of sonic scree to low-slung Westerberg chords. ‘Only’ is a glorious … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: The Attractor Beams – Only

NEW MUSIC: Anatomy Class – Reflector Shield

Australian band Anatomy Class release their second new single of 2021 with the sublimely melodic, indie rock sound of ‘Reflector Shield’. The trio continue their rich vein of form with the followup single ‘Reflector Shield‘ – a song that manages to sound both futuristic and nostalgic in its sonic architecture and richly melodic design. The band are perfectly at home sailing the proverbial winds of indie rock, … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Anatomy Class – Reflector Shield

NEW MUSIC: Damien Binder – Everything But

Following the release of his first single for 2021, ‘Here It Is’, Perth-based New Zealand singer-songwriter Damien Binder releases its follow-up ‘Everything But’. The new single ‘Everything But‘ continues Damien’s exploration of a new stylistic direction. He’s taken his proven credentials as a consummate songwriter and married them with the acclaimed production nous of Matt Gio (Katy Steele, Birds of Tokyo, Abbey May, Rudimental). The melodies sound even sweeter, the songs more … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Damien Binder – Everything But

NEW SINGLE: The Finalists – Hunting Knife

The third single from The Finalists‘ debut album First, ‘Hunting Knife’ finds the band digging into a big bright sound that showcases their love of chiming and dreamy guitars, lively drums, melodic bass lines and melancholic hooks aplenty. Across its three minutes, songwriter Mark Tobin sings of a catastrophist who starts smoking again because he believes the world will end before he gets cancer. All we need’s fresh water A magnesium fire … Continue reading NEW SINGLE: The Finalists – Hunting Knife

NEW MUSIC: Bandicoot – Dark Too Long

‘Dark Too Long’ is a song that Swansea, UK band Bandicoot describe as a “frenzied cry of desperation from the depths of excess and loneliness, influenced by the driving rhythms of NEU! and Can.” After the initial ambient drift of the intro, it tumbles along in synchronous perpetual motion. There’s the unhinged end of the Radiohead spectrum in play here, as much as a swaggering … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Bandicoot – Dark Too Long

NEW MUSIC: Scowl – Lord Porno

Interesting angles in aggressive music is what floats our boat and Kent UK trio Scowl tick that box with this track, their second single, charmingly titled ‘Lord Porno’. In the punk-fuelled chorus the widescreen wall of distorted guitars crash and careen between the speakers while the rhythm section ushers the song along in the verses with a rolling, tumbling post-punk feel. Over it all, the … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Scowl – Lord Porno

NEW SINGLE: Dinosaur Jr – Garden

For single #2 from the forthcoming new Dino Jr album, Lou Barlow takes centrestage with his song ‘Garden’. The video clip for the song was directed by Lou and Adelle Barlow, with illustrations by John Moloney and animation by Chloe Hemingway. Of the song and video Lou says: “Everyone seemed to want a disruption in the order of American life, it seemed necessary. Then it happened. It began as … Continue reading NEW SINGLE: Dinosaur Jr – Garden

NEW MUSIC: Nonagon – The Family Meal

See-sawing tension and a mix of post-hardcore and post-punk styles makes this new track from Chicago trio Nonagon a real delight. On ‘The Family Meal’ there’s the knottiness and angles of Fugazi mixed with the reaching melodies of Sunny Day Real Estate as the song lurches and churns. This new single comes from their full-length LP They Birds, released on March 3rd, 2021. Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Nonagon – The Family Meal

NEW MUSIC: The Lonesomes – Dog Days

‘Dog Days’, the brilliant new track from The Lonesomes starts off as post-punk by numbers with it’s straight drums, bass pulse and doom-laden shadowy vocal but then, after the straight-line/tension-build it all goes snaky riffs and a lull in proceedings before a dark 80s video game synth takes over proceedings and ratchets up the intensity, kicking the song into sonic pulverising overdrive. Intense and manic … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: The Lonesomes – Dog Days

ALBUM REVIEW: The Lemonheads – Lovey (30th Anniversary Edition)

THE LEMONHEADS LOVEY (30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION) FIRE RECORDS In 1990, Lovey was a huge step forward for Evan Dando and his Boston band The Lemonheads. It was their major label debut on Atlantic Records after releasing their first three albums in the previous three years. Those records were a collision of noisy melodic punk rock. Part Black Flag, part The Replacements. Co-founder Ben Daily had … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: The Lemonheads – Lovey (30th Anniversary Edition)

NEW MUSIC: Mt. Mountain – Aplomb

Mantra-like, hypnotic, fluid and rolling. That’s the first impression of Mt. Mountain‘s new track ‘Aplomb‘. It sits in the psych rock camp but it possesses a looseness that’s a defining factor in what makes the song so great. Propelled by some fine bass playing and guitar that is equally important as a rhythmic tool, singer Stephen Bailey intones lyrics over the Krautrock moodiness and warm … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Mt. Mountain – Aplomb

FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF 2020

Despite the weirdness and social and political fracturing of 2020, there were still plenty of great albums that saw the light of day – and that light was a salvation for many. You can check out our Post To Wire (alt-country, cosmic Americana & dark folk) Favourite Albums of 2020 HERE and Favourite AU & NZ Albums of 2020 HERE. Here are our 40 favourite … Continue reading FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF 2020