NEWS: Protomartyr Announce New Single/Video And Album


Protomartyr, one of our favourite bands of the last decade, have today announced that their new LP Ultimate Success Today will be released by Domino Records on May 29th.

It follows the re-release of their debut album All Passion No Technique last year and their 2017 record Relatives In Descent. They’re one of those bands that keeps developing and evolving and from the sound of the first single ‘Processed By The Boys’, they’re continuing that sonic adventure.

“The re-release of our first album had me thinking about the passage of time and its ultimate conclusion, says singer Joe Casey of Ultimate Success Today. Listening to No Passion All Technique again, I could hear myself hoping for an introduction and a long future, but also being cognisant that it could be one and done for us. So, when it came time to write Ultimate Success Today, I was reminded of that first urgency and how it was an inverse of my current grapple with how terribly ill I’ve been feeling lately. Was that sick feeling colouring how I felt about the state of the world or was it the other way around?”

“This panic was freeing in a way. It allowed me to see our fifth album as a possible valediction of some confusingly loud five-act play. In the same light I see it as an interesting mile marker of our first decade of being a band – a crest of the hill along a long highway. Although just to cover my bases, I made sure to get my last words in while I still had the breath to say them.”

NEW MUSIC: Roadhouses – Black Lights



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Sydney slowcore dream rock trio Roadhouses have released their second single from their forthcoming self-titled debut LP.

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‘Black Lights’ is an atmospheric piece of late-night, wistful psychedelia with Cec Condon’s drumming recalling Portishead and Yvonne Moxham delivering a beautifully melancholic vocal. Sweet sadness never sounded so good.


NEW MUSIC: Jep and Dep – Helpless City


Sydney duo Jep and Dep are releasing their sophomore album THEY’VEBEENCALLED this week and as well as a release show last The Gaelic Club on Friday (see below), they’ve just released the second single from the album – ‘Helpless City’. Check out the impressive clip – the perfect accompaniment to a song about encroaching gentrification and what happens when the heart of a city is slowly but surely concreted over and the human spirit is dampened and demoralised. It’s all beautifully rendered in intimate and haunting reverb and an eerie mood.


NEW MUSIC: Father John Misty Announces New LP ‘Pure Comedy’.


Father John Misty (Josh Tillman) is back with the follow-up to his acclaimed album I Love You, Honeybear. Titled Pure Comedy, the album is due out on April 7th via Sub Pop and Inertia Music and features co-production with Jonathan Wilson, string arrangements by Gavin Bryars and other contributions from Nico Muhly and Thomas Bartlett. The mastering was done by the legendary Bob Ludwig.


1. Pure Comedy
2. Total Entertainment Forever
3. Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before The Revolution
4. Ballad of the Dying Man
5. Birdie
6. Leaving LA
7. A Bigger Paper Bag
8. When The God of Love Returns There’ll Be Hell to Pay
9. Smoochie
10. Two Wildly Different Perspectives
11. The Memo
12. So I’m Growing old on Magic Mountain
13. In Twenty Years or So

Pure Comedy is available for pre-order now, in the following formats:

  • A Deluxe 2xLP version on aluminum & copper vinyl, a die-cut customisable jacket with 4 interactive “Background” sleeves (so you can have whatever sky you damn will feel like as the cover), all encased in a clear clipcase. Includes a fold-out poster and an exclusive holographic tarot card by Ed Steed.
  • A 2xLP gatefold version also available in 4 cover variations on black vinyl
  • A CD gatefold digipak with slipcase available in 4 cover variations
  • As digital album

Cover variations for the standard LP and CD will be randomly distributed. Collect them all!

Pre-orders through select retailers will receive a limited 7” single, featuring physical release of fan favourite ‘Real Love Baby’ on the A-side and the as yet unreleased track, ‘Rejected Generic Pop Song, March ‘15#3’ on the B-side (while supplies last).

Tillman and Grant James (‘Funtimes in Babylon’, ‘I Love You, Honeybear’) also co-directed Pure Comedy: The Film.  Pure Comedy is a gorgeously rendered black & white document of the live tracking, as well as a surreal look into Tillman’s writing process.  A six person crew, complete with cranes in the tracking rooms, captured every moment of the recording, giving the viewer intimate audience to actual album takes, including the one and only 2:00am performance of the 13-minute ‘Leaving LA’.  It also features the only known recording of Tillman’s love ballad to his sound engineer Trevor Spencer.

NEW MUSIC: The Tambourine Girls Preview New Album


The Tambourine Girls are releasing their self-titled debut LP this week and in the lead up they’ve posted a lyric video for the album track ‘Ignaz Semmelweis’ and a video interview with frontman Simon Relf chatting with Marcus from Spookyland about some of the tracks on the album.

The Tambourine Girls were formed by Relf (formerly of Deep Sea Arcade) and signed to Chugg Music before partially recording the new LP with producer Tim Whitten (Powderfinger, The Go-Betweens, Hoodoo Gurus and Augie March). Early singles from the album were ‘Police‘ and ‘Cupo‘.

Album Track Listing:
01. Southern Change
02. The Tambourine Girl
03. The Clamour
04. Cupo
05. Song for Gerard
06. Watching the World
07. Ignaz Semmelweis
08. Townes van Zandt
09. Much Older Now
10. Ghosts
11. Police
12. Johnny Be Or Don’t. Whatever
13. Lay Down

NEWS: Rough Church Announce New Album and NZ/AU Tour


Rough Church is the moniker of Los Angeles-based musician Greg Franco and he’s releasing his new album Shhhh this month on the Auckland, NZ label Powertool Records. The other strong NZ connection is that Franco recorded the album with Tom Bell at Chick’s Hotel in Port Chalmers. He was also able to use the talents of two of the country’s most influential musicians in David Kilgour (The Clean) and Robert Scott (The Bats, The Clean) on guitar and bass respectively.

Franco is bringing out his band for a tour of both AU and NZ through February and March.


  • 20th Feb @ Woodcock Festival, Tauranga
  • 21st Feb @ UFO, New Lynn, Auckland (+ Joed Out, Fyodor)
  • 25th Feb @ The Old Bar, Melbourne (+ Gold Medal Famous, Mia Schoen, Elli & Bev, Sarah Mary Chadwick)
  • 26th Feb @ Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne (+ Mucus Kids, The Olsen Twins, Levitating Churches)
  • 28th Feb @ The Tote, Melbourne – Kaleidoscope World Series (+ Gold Medal Famous, Mucus Kids)
  • 3rd Mar @ The Edinburgh Castle Hotel, Adelaide
  • 4th Mar @ The Gasoline Pony, Marrickville, Sydney
  • 5th Mar @ Town & Country Hotel, Sydney
  • 9th Mar @ Moon (+ VORN), Wellington
  • 10th Mar @ Golden Dawn, Auckland
  • 11th Mar @ UFO, New Lynn, Auckland – Andrew Maitais Birthday Party (+ Poppycock)



NEWS: The Chills announce new album Silver Bullets


Martin Phillipps has had his battles over the years, both with bandmates, his health and drugs, but the good news is that a new album by The Chills is being released on October 30th via Fire Records. Silver Bullets is the band’s first full-length since Sunburnt back in 1996. Check out the first single ‘America Says Hello’ featuring that characteristic propulsion of guitar and keyboards and Phillipps melodic vocal.

NEW MUSIC: Protomartyr announce new single and album

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One of my favourite bands over the last few years has been Protomartyr, a quartet out of Detroit who combine post-punk dynamics, a nihilist howl, jagged edges and intelligent espousals. The good news is they have a new album called The Agent Intellect (their 3rd in as many years) coming out on August 8th via Hardly Art /Inertia.

Below you can hear the first single ‘Why Does It Shake?’, a typically rhythmically strong track of creeping tension that lumbers and dances along with equal swagger, building and blossoming into sheets of guitar at the 3.5 minute mark.