I’m absolutely in love with this new Melbourne Cans single. For starters, the whole track’s an homage to Peggy Sue, the classic figure of American rock n’ roll. Even better, the band tease you for a full minute and a half, letting Ian Wallace offer up his haunting croon with minimal instrumentation behind him. But, then the drums kick in, the song grabs a bit of swagger and bounds off into joyousness. As it progresses I adore the slightest little curl of notes at the end of Wallace’s syllables; it fits well with just the faintest hint of a backing vocal. Prepare yourself to be charmed; the band release Heat of the Night via Lost and Lonesome on July 13th.
It’s been almost five years since anyone’s heard from Melbourne Cans, but they return today with a promising new single, and news of a new LP on its way. This lead single jumps down your throat with dancing guitar chords and organ bursts pulsing through your speakers before Ian enters the picture. His deepened tones are high up in the mix, crooning atop the exuberance working steadily behind him. The longer the song goes on, the larger role his voice takes in the song’s craft; I like to think of this as the alternative to the National…similar musical touches, but way less dad rock. If you’re enjoying this tune, you’ll love Heat of the Night, the new LP dropping on July 13th via Lost and Lonesome.