It seems like our pals in Melbourne based Good Morning have been a mainstay on these pages for many years now and we always eagerly await new music from the band. Imagine the excitement when today we got word of not one, but two new singles as part of a new double release through their label Polyvinyl. The first track, “dog years,” features that familiar, jangly sound from the lads while the second track “queen of comedy,” is a more somber and mellow tune. Somehow both compliment each other beautifully.
You guessed it! There’s another incredible band from Melbourne about to release their debut LP…and thus Soft Covers will win us all over. A quick flirty jangle opens the song before being steadied by the rhythm and the relaxed matter of fact vocal delivery. The churn of the guitar continues throughout, and those vocals get support from band member Laura, adding that melodic undercurrent that makes pop fans swoon. There’s a cool little buzz too just beneath at the 1:51 point, highlighting the band’s detailing of each track. Expectations are high for Soft Serve, the debut LP out October 6th via Little Lunch/Hidden Bay.
Being quiet for nearly ten years, Melbourne’s Cochlear Kill returns with this sparkling bit of dark pop. Upon pressing play, your ears are immediately met with these cascading riffs, some of them hitting on that crystalline note that feels like it’s a bit of glass shattering in a haunted house. Twisting and churning, the song creates this shimmering pop wash; it leaves plenty of space too, letting the vocals paint themselves softly atop the musical backdrop. At times the track feels like this huge black hole, swallowing you in heavy riffs, but then the vocals lead you on with this faint promise hanging in the distance. Looking forward to hearing more from the group in the future.
One has to have something pretty remarkable at hand in order to completely captivate a listener by stripping a track of traditional percussive elements. In fact, Pretty in Pink really operate their latest single with little more than guitar lines and these heavenly vocals that seem to sway back and forth through your speakers, like the wind blowing across tall plains grasses. For me, I had to take a deep breath as soon as I heard the jangling guitar line dance against the quieted strum behind it; I knew I was in for something supremely moving. Those guitar lines don’t stray from one another as the tune unfolds, blanketing the tune in intertwined DIY ethos. Those vocals though, have the power to carry you on their wings, drift you off into this magical land where everything blankets you with warmth; I like the nice touch too when all three members combine near the song’s end, deepening the song’s magic. You’ll hear this track on the group’s next LP, Pillows, out in September via Little Lunch/Hidden Bay/Subjangle.
Although the name of the band has changed from Thigh Master to Dippers, there’s still one thing that you can’t take away, which is Matthew Ford’s ability to craft these insane little melodic treats in the band’s songs. When we caught Dippers during SXSW, I’m pretty sure I heard this track and was swooning with this little charm of 13 seconds; the first time it appears is at the 1:12 mark (again at 2:36), with Ford letting the syllables just hang perfectly in the air, rising and falling right into your lap. Power pop of this sort is certainly meant for the masses, so we hope you’ll grab Clastic Rock on August 4th via Tenth Court/Goner Records.
I have no idea how you write about something some harmful and make it seem so beautiful and fun, but here we are with the latest from Life Strike. The band have based their latest single on those exposed to areas of nuclear testing, yet somehow they manage to make it seem like something we all want to cheer. Now, I’m not trying to diminish those horrors, but there’s just something about this track that screams for high volume and fist pumping; there’s an urgency in those sharp guitar licks that will have you banging your head and singing at the top of your lungs. Honestly, this is one of those songs that stays with you, and I can’t wait to hear Peak Dystopia, out July 14th via Bobo Integral.
This recent Toads track has been bouncing around in my head since last week when it first came out. There’s this natural chug to it, rocking with this rad riff on cruise control. It allows the bass and drums to join at their leisure, seemingly building speed into the song, while steadying folks with the vocals. At 1:42, the song begins to let loose, which is where I totally got hooked, as there’s a rise and fall lyrical moment that sets up a quick drop into a bass line that leaves the listener with one final hook you’ll enjoy! The Toads will release In the Wilderness on June 9th via Upset the Rhythm.
Not too long ago we brought you the album announcement from Dragnet, a riotous outfit from Melbourne. Today, they’re dropping another pummeling bit of punch punk rock, but this time their unraveling a story of danger and perhaps murder? I mean, the whole tune is about the drug M-99, the drug utilized by the anti-hero Dexter; the lyrics “too late/its in your system/you’re on the table/and I’m bringing down my knife” pretty much confirm my suspicions. Still, the band easily disguise the sinister lyrics with this punchy bit of punk that begs for high volume and repeat listens! If you’re on board with me, then grab the Accession from Spoilsport Records.
The Toads are angling to make their name one to keep an eye on over in Melbourne’s hot music scene, and today they give us another peek inside their debut LP. When this number began, it sets up for this raucous bit, kind of bouncing in with this catchy bit of scruffy barroom rock n’ roll. Riffs begin to run amok, however, coursing through the song’s negative space and moving that bounce to the back of the mix for a moment. All this, only for the band to kind of serenade us in the middle, bringing this almost baroque pop moment as a gesture for our ears. Then the riff rings again and the band break into a closing jam that keeps you on notice for their new LP! In the Wilderness will be out June 9th via Upset the Rhythm and Zenith Records.
Having followed and booked Martin Frawley in his old band the Twerps, I’ve been increasingly impressed with his solo work the last several years, and the shaping of The Wannabe seems like its going to be something special. You get this rolling drum beat that gets your feet shuffling on the new single, allowing Martin to work his melodic Aussie drawl atop the mix; the guitar bits come in and out of focus, almost as if its like a dance performance, trading places back and forth with the rhythm and the hooks. For me, I always come back to the familiarity of Frawley’s voice too, as I loved all the Twerps LPs, so it feels like home. Rest assured I’ll be grabbing the Wannabe when it drops on June 23rd via Trouble in Mind Records.