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

THE FINCH CYCLE EXPLORE ATMOSPHERIC POST-ROCK DYNAMICS ON ‘OPERATION ISLAND’

There’s a clear line that can be drawn from Australian recording project The Finch Cycle, to the post-rock titans Mogwai. It’s there in the slow dynamic sweep of grand electric gestures, stately guitars and the eviscerating sonic detonation that occurs at the three minute mark of ‘Operation Island’. The guitars march and chime in lockstep, a frantic metallic chug before the clouds clear and the … Continue reading THE FINCH CYCLE EXPLORE ATMOSPHERIC POST-ROCK DYNAMICS ON ‘OPERATION ISLAND’

NEW MUSIC: Bored Shorts – Common Connections

Like David Byrne jamming with The Strokes on a coastal beach holiday or Parquet Courts and RBCF on a musical exchange program, Sydney / Eora via Dharawal / Illawarra group Bored Shorts cut some fine indie rock and slacker pop shapes on their excellent new single ‘Common Connections’. The song comes from their new album Way Off! which will be released Sept 3rd via Spunk! … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Bored Shorts – Common Connections

NEW MUSIC: A bLUNT jESTER – Cat Door

Rhythm and funk is the name of the game on this track from Auckland, New Zealand producer A bLUNT jESTER, who’s already had success with previous releases on student radio in Aotearoa. He dials into an 80s aesthetic of movie soundtracks that lean towards a cold wave and sci-fi dance floor aesthetic. Clinical production qualities built around a half-man/half-machine drum sound make it sound like … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: A bLUNT jESTER – Cat Door

NEW MUSIC: Held By Trees – In The Trees

Here’s a fascinating new project for fans of Talk Talk and Mark Hollis. Seven musicians who were involved in the Talk Talk albums Spirit of Eden, Laughing Stock and Hollis’ solo LP have come together as Held By Trees, led by producer/composer David Joseph. They approached the recording in a similar way as they did under Hollis – emphasising spontaneous improvisation and keeping the best … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Held By Trees – In The Trees

NEW MUSIC: John Drammeler – Alva Burnout

I’m liking this new track from UK electronic producer John Drammeler. He hits a really nice balance between hard and heavy beats that fall somewhere between drum & bass and industrial techno and more ambient smears of sci-fi synths. You can draw a strong line from Burial’s work to this kind of sound, though Drammeler takes it in even more of a streetwise, nightcrawler direction. … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: John Drammeler – Alva Burnout

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 MUSIC: Jakson – hey jeff come to bendigo i just want to chat i totally won’t punch you in the head i promise // guillotine

In the words of Bendigo VIC artist Jakson, “this song is a call to arms against the world’s richest. Eat the rich.” In a colloquial accent he reels off some of the world’s richest and their associated estimated wealth. Over jagged, scratching guitar and a dub-influenced post-punk rhythm section, the song builds intensity, bursting into see-sawing distorted guitars that sound like a cross between 3Ds … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Jakson – hey jeff come to bendigo i just want to chat i totally won’t punch you in the head i promise // guillotine

NEW MUSIC: The Finch Cycle – Forty Minus Zero

There’s a wonderfully warm and rolling feel to this new track from The Finch Cycle. It’s post -rock at its core but it also dials into that beautifully emotive 90s/early 00s indie rock sound of Australian bands such as Bluebottle Kiss – when it was as important for the guitars to lull and serenade as much as they needed to swerve and coruscate. The trombone … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: The Finch Cycle – Forty Minus Zero

NEW MUSIC: Mockcharge – Marauder

New York metal trio Mockcharge deliver in spades on their recent single ‘Marauder’, with its breakneck speed riffs, deadly screams and at its mid-point it drops gears and gets low-slung and sleazy before a hi-hat count-off sends the song to its crashing conclusion. To our ears it sounds like a beautiful collision between Motörhead and White Zombie. Of the track the band say: “This song … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Mockcharge – Marauder

ALBUM REVIEW: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Sideways To New Italy

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever Sideways To New Italy Ivy League Since the release of their debut album, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have traversed the globe, playing numerous headline shows and music festivals. Now those experiences and the associated dizzying dislocation have fed into their second record, a consistently superb collection of songs that matches the hit rate of their debut. All three singer/guitarist songwriters again … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Sideways To New Italy

NEW MUSIC: HYG – Be Here

HYG are a Canberra psych band who’ve already released an EP a couple of years ago and now have this cool new single out. ‘Be Here’ finds its groove and rides it for all money. It’s big and fuzzed-out with heavy stomping drums and bass that provides the repeating melodic phrasing amid the noise and heavy riffage. There’s a simple idea at the core of … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: HYG – Be Here