NEW MUSIC: Quivers – Pigeons

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Originally hailing from Hobart Tasmania, Quivers are now based in Melbourne and have a new cassette/download album out called We’ll Go Riding on the Hearses. Their bio name-checks Townes Van Zandt, Neil Young, The Triffids, The Chills, Twerps and Courtney Barnett which is a mighty fine barrel of sounds from which to draw from in our opinion. On the first single Pigeons they nail a swaying melancholic jangle, all bittersweet and wistful. A great first taste of the album.

“All my best friends are a little broken, all the best people are.”

Live Shows:

  • Saturday 10th September @ The Grand Poobah, Melbourne + Heart Beach, The Out of Towners.
  • Saturday 17th September @ The Pinnacle, Melbourne + Tall Shores & Oscar Lush
  • Saturday 1st October @ Tokyo Sing Song, Sydney
  • Saturday 22nd October @ Post Office Hotel, Melbourne

ALBUM REVIEW: Terry – Terry HQ

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Rating7.5Terry – It’s not the kind of name that screams rockstar or great commercial ambition and as such it’s a fitting moniker for this Melbourne quartet comprised of members of skewed rock ’n’ roll, underground royalty bands such as Total Control, UV Race and Dick Diver. They operate firmly in the realm of woolly and wonky, lo-fi indie rock with a healthy strain of blank-faced post-punk.

The overriding feature of Terry HQ is the balance they’ve achieved between leftist political commentary, daily minutiae and hook-heavy, glam-tinged primitive melodies. It’s the kind of sound that Sonic Youth captured in their mid period circa Dirty and Goo. The guitars are either rich with fuzz or loose-limbed jangles, making them not-so-distant cousins to New Zealand’s The Clean and The 3D’s. When they lock into a simple rhythm, as they do brilliantly with the bass-line on ‘Hot Heads’, they hit that effortlessly cool vibe where the mantra-like vocals, with their deadpan delivery, catalogue a list of events and details in their real and probably imagined daily lives.

‘Don’t Say Sorry’ veers toward Buzzcocks brio with it’s simplistic gonzo approach and nervy Wire meet Pere Ubu woozy guitar lines that threaten to completely careen off the tracks at any given moment. Again, it’s all about the balance, that fine line between avant-garde dissonance and friction and the appeal of direct musicality and lyrical economy. Vocals are shared around and songs that feature both sexes (‘Chitter Chatter’) instantly feel more lively and urgent thanks to their ‘gang chant’ quality. There is certainly magic in the combined abilities of the band members, enough to threaten their ‘day job’ bands at times. Terry it seems, is way more interesting than he sounds.

Chris Familton

ALBUM REVIEW: Matt Malone – S .I. X

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Rating7Victorian songwriter Matt Malone deals in dark, heavy and sombre music on his debut album. The pace is leaden, his voice a gothic, stentorian and preacher-like baritone. There are obvious touchstones like Nick Cave, Jeffrey Lee Pierce and Johnny Cash who he absorbs into his death blues soundtrack of rattling strings, ghostly sounds and strummed wasteland ballads. “Now I caress your throat with the lips of a traitor’s embrace” is typical of the doomed poetry and murder ballad sensibility across the album and though it is devoid of light relief and the gloomy pallor rarely lifts from the songs, Malone has created an often captivating and stylistically hypnotic debut album.

Chris Familton

ALBUM REVIEW: Gold Class – It’s You

Rating8.5a2519540506_10Only emerging from the Melbourne scene earlier this year, Gold Class’ art is seemingly fully formed; from the artwork to their visual aesthetic and musical take on the brittle and dynamic world of post-punk. To do so in the contemporary climate where the album doesn’t hold the same cultural and economic cache it once did is an admirable approach. There were no early singles showing a band with a glimmer of promise, no stream of EPs acting as breadcrumb trail towards a full album. This quartet bunkered down, formed their sound and recorded It’s You before they really presented themselves publicly.

It may have been a gamble or a shrewd marketing device but it has proved to be the right move with an album as complete and cohesive as this one. Strong right across the board, the songs dig deep into the world of indie and alternative music, channeling Joy Division/early New Order, the dissonance and angles of Fugazi and shadowy splashes of Interpol and The Strokes. Their not-so-secret weapon is singer Adam Curley who has one of those unique voices, brimming with authority, drama and anger. It’s the combination of Morrissey, Ian Curtis and a hint of Julian Cope; a melancholic, bellowing baritone sound that brings the music to life. He brings a queer perspective to his song of damaged romance and frustrations with the social and political world.

The first single ‘Life As A Gun’, is their catchiest song, a nod to Sonic Youth in the guitars and in Mark Hewitt’s drumming, the frantic speed of New Order’s Stephen Morris. ‘Half Moon Over’ pulls back the clamour to reveal a funereal, moody feel with he ghost of Ian Curtis hanging heavy in the air while ‘The Soft Delay’ shakes at the noisy end of shoegaze in the vein of Swervedriver.

Gold Class wear their influences on their collective sleeve yet they’ve corralled them into their own sound. At a time where the musical landscape is overrun with psych rock and earnest electro-soul crooners a band like Gold Class are needed. The sheets of guitar, cold rhythms and that dark poetic howl are a breath of fresh air on this highly accomplished and compelling debut album.

Chris Familton

NEWS: PVT Announce First Australian Headline Shows In Two Years

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PVT have just reissued their album Make Me Love You on its tenth anniversary and they’ve just announced they’ll be playing two headline shows to make said anniversary.

The Make Me Love You – 10th Anniversary Edition is out now on limited edition 180 gram clear vinyl with original art, as well as digital release. As a bonus you can also get You Make Me Love – B-Sides & Demos 2003-2005, a whole album of previously unreleased tracks from the early years, free with the vinyl purchase or available on CD. Both are available now from pvtpvt.net.

THU 05 NOV  – Newtown Social Club, Sydney w/ Gold Class
MON 16 NOV – MMW Flagship Venue: The Former Royal Women’s Hospital w/ Kirkis & Pearls

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NEWS: Gold Class Announce Tour And Preview Stream Debut Album

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Gold Class came out of nowhere for me with their recent single ‘Life As A Gun’. Possessing a perfectly disaffected post-punk holler and tightly-wound dynamics it set the scene for a new promising act on the local Australian scene to right the balance and provide an antidote to the indie electro soul and generic radio-friendly indie pop and rock that has been polluting the airwaves in recent years. The good news is that the whole of their debut album is as invigorating and strangely alluring as the first single. They have the tension and biting, brisk melodic choppiness that made the debut Savages LP so great. Sure you can hear their influences, it’s a rarity to hear anyone new these days where you can’t draw a line back to any clear sonic precedent. Gold Class succeed because they they don’t overdo anything. Restraint is vital, that push and pull between the bass and drums, the free-agent licence for their guitarist Evan Purdey to slash and burn one minute and get drunkenly psychedelic the next. Of course Adam Curley’s voice is the gateway drug, the lighthouse beacon that pulls you into the music. It has that stentorian quality and tone that shifts the music into a place of majesty and mystery. Gold Class – It’s You… a breath of dark, visceral, claustrophobic, euphoric and poetic fresh air.

The band have a fine run of shows coming up including appearances at BIGSOUND in Brisbane next week and some opening slots for The Fall. Below those dates you can stream their album in full ahead of it’s release tomorrow via Spunk Records.

TOUR DATES
September 8 – Black Bear Lodge (Spunk / RIN Pre-BIGSOUND party) – Brisbane – free!
September 9 – BIGSOUND @ Ric’s Bar – Brisbane
September 24 – John Curtin Hotel (supporting The Garden) – Melbourne
October 20 – The Zoo (supporting The Fall) – Brisbane
October 21 – Metro Theatre (supporting The Fall) – Sydney
October 23 – Brighton Up Bar (album launch – supports TBA) – Sydney

NEW MUSIC: My Disco Return With New Single And Album

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Melbourne trio My Disco have been fairly quiet of late but now they’re about to unleash their new album and going on the sound of first single ‘King Sound’ they’ve stripped things back even further to a dark, minimal and stealth-like piece of musical machinery. Brutal, brooding and clinical it captures the airspace between post-rock and dark electronica perfectly.

The new LP Severe has been produced by film composer Cornel Wilczek and will be released via Temporary Residence on October 28th. You can pre-order and find out more info HERE

NEW MUSIC: Love Migrate – Pippa’s In The Highlands

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I’m listening to the new Love Migrate EP Shimmer Through The Night this evening and I’m damn impressed. It’s dramatic indie guitar pop music with swirling keyboards, urgent percussion and an overriding art-rock vibe. Think The Phoenix Foundation meets Blank Realm. The whole EP is recommended, here’s the first single from it – ‘Pippa’s In The Highlands’.

The EP came out late last month and you can stream it on Rdio and elsewhere or buy a copy of it from iTunes.