Aotearoa’s Hans Pucket Release New Single ‘No Drama’

A great sound on this brand new single from Wellington, NZ band Hans Pucket. ‘No Drama‘ is the title track from their forthcoming new LP due out on on USA label Carpark Records on November 4th. The single brilliantly blends crunchy guitar rock with soft art-pop shapes and a widescreen indie retro-futurist aesthetic. There are strings, horns and one can pick out a faint hint … Continue reading Aotearoa’s Hans Pucket Release New Single ‘No Drama’

Mess Esque Release New Single ‘Armour Your Armor’

They’ve been recently touring American and now on the eve of a European tour, Mess Esque, the duo of Mick Turner (Dirty Three) and Helen Franzmann (McKisko), have released the first part of a new double single – ‘Armour Your Armour’ on Milk! Records. The song follows their dreamy, interzonal template of wandering rhythms (courtesy of Jim White), Mick’s gently tidal guitar musings and Helen’s … Continue reading Mess Esque Release New Single ‘Armour Your Armor’

COOL SOUNDS RELEASE THE BREEZY FUNK OF ‘6 OR 7 MORE’

On the new single and across the new album Like That, the Melbourne group Cool Sounds‘ usual jangle-pop sparkle has been supercharged by a disco-glam stomp, making for their most immediate record yet. Like That finds a bright pop-funk sweet spot between Ian Dury & the Blockheads, Hot Chip and 80s Francois K mixes. On this track you can also hear the enigmatic twitch and jerk of … Continue reading COOL SOUNDS RELEASE THE BREEZY FUNK OF ‘6 OR 7 MORE’

VIDEO PREMIERE: Victoria – Favourite Teacher

Sydney indie rock quartet Victoria have a brand new single out today called ‘Favourite Teacher‘, the follow up single to ‘Creative Frenzy’, out on Wayne Connolly’s Scenic Drive Records. The track perfectly captures that laconic, sun-dappled sound of wistful, jangly guitar pop. From The Bats, Sneaky Feelings and the latter day work of David Kilgour (The Clean) to their equals from this side of the Tasman, … Continue reading VIDEO PREMIERE: Victoria – Favourite Teacher

NEWS: Art of Fighting’s ‘Wires’ LP gets a 21st anniversary vinyl pressing and tour

Melbourne band Art of Fighting released the excellent Wires album back in 2001. Now they’re hitting the road to celebrate the release of that debut album on double gatefold vinyl (via Hobbledehoy) for the first time. The album featured songs such as the haunting elegance of ‘Skeletons’, with Ollie Browne’s heavenly falsetto, ‘Moonlight’s graceful sway, the jangly strum of ‘Reasons Are All I Have Left’ … Continue reading NEWS: Art of Fighting’s ‘Wires’ LP gets a 21st anniversary vinyl pressing and tour

FENN WILSON RELEASES THE DARK, SWIRLING BEAUTY OF ‘HOWL’

Melbourne songwriter Fenn Wilson has released his latest single ‘Howl‘ from this forthcoming album Honey Dates Death (ghazal), out early 2023. The song highlights Wilson’s rich vocal sound and his way with melodies that weave together and soar skyward while managing to be both tough and tender. The instruments rock in an ornate and emotive way, recalling Jeff Buckley in the swing of the rhythm section … Continue reading FENN WILSON RELEASES THE DARK, SWIRLING BEAUTY OF ‘HOWL’

COFFIN CLUB UNLEASH THE FRANTIC PUNK OF FSTFWRD/RWND

Hailing from Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau in Aotearoa/New Zealand, Coffin Club get taut and frantic on this mighty slice of post-hardcore and post-punk that brings to mind Hot Snakes, Fugazi, Mudhoney and their compatriots Die! Die! Die. The song deals with themes of exploitation in the workplace, lack of care for low income workers, and trying to cope in a capitalist world despite all the stresses and … Continue reading COFFIN CLUB UNLEASH THE FRANTIC PUNK OF FSTFWRD/RWND

SONIC KICKS: Sam Shinazzi

Sam Shinazzi has been a stalwart of the Sydney indie scene for years – decades even! His slowburn career has been marked by consistency and a strength of low-key yet mature and heartfelt songwriting. His latest and his sixth album, Days I Won’t Forget (Stanley Records) is his best yet. He’s found a really wonderful balance between that lazy acoustic strum that forms the backbone of his songs … Continue reading SONIC KICKS: Sam Shinazzi

THE AFGHAN WHIGS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM ‘HOW DO YOU BURN?’

The Afghan Whigs are set to release their new studio album How Do You Burn? on September 9th, today announcing the album and releasing the new string-laden and lush single ‘The Getaway’. The new album features a raft of special vocal guests, as detailed in the album media release: For his supporting cast, Dulli called upon several serial collaborators including the late Mark Lanegan, who was a … Continue reading THE AFGHAN WHIGS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM ‘HOW DO YOU BURN?’

GRIMSON RELEASES GLORIOUS PSYCHEDELIC ART POP SINGLE ‘HOUSEHOLD’

So much to love about this new single from Grimson, the project of Berlin-based Swedish/American songwriter Aiden Berglund. You can hear the rich pop art psych explosion of Beach Boys, Harry Nilsson and more contemporary progenitors of the genre such as High Llamas and Field Music in ‘Household‘, the latest in a string of singles. Heavy, rhythmic and supremely melodic piano bounces through the track, … Continue reading GRIMSON RELEASES GLORIOUS PSYCHEDELIC ART POP SINGLE ‘HOUSEHOLD’

THE DEBUT ALBUM BY SYDNEY TRIO OWO IS OUT NOW

oWo possess a dark and supremely catchy sound that casts a familiar shadow back to the 90s heyday of alternative Australian rock music while still sounding like a pure product of the bars and pubs of Sydney’s Inner West in 2022. In the immortal words of oWo, “Rock’s not dead. It’s just inherently unstable.” On the back of the well-received singles ‘Super Role Model’ and ‘Exit Plan‘, the … Continue reading THE DEBUT ALBUM BY SYDNEY TRIO OWO IS OUT NOW

LEWIS GOLDMARK RELEASES THE VIDEO FOR HIS SINGLE ‘WILD NIGHT’

‘Wild Night’ comes from the debut Lewis Goldmark LP, set for release in May. As Lewis Goldmark, Liam Judson (Belles Will Ring front person) takes on a new outlook and direction musically that still pays homage to the core influences that has informed his music over the years such as Velvet Underground, Beach Boys and David Bowie. Now, however it all comes together with a syringe injection … Continue reading LEWIS GOLDMARK RELEASES THE VIDEO FOR HIS SINGLE ‘WILD NIGHT’