The incredible humans from Chapter Music have been sharing incredible Australian music with us for years, and as of late, they’ve also been dipping into the past to make sure various acts don’t go unnoticed. First it was Whadya Want? and now they’ve got a reissue of 1980s Bubblegum, a compilation from the Particles, which has all the indiepop and punk nerds really excited. Their sound is a little tough to pigeonhole, particularly as they seem to embrace elements of everything that was great about the underground musical scenes of the late 70s/early 80s…there’s a little punk, a little pop, and a willingness to take those sounds beyond and make something entirely new. Interestingly, they could slide right into everything we love about indiepop today, pushing hooks and bounce with a sharpness you don’t get elsewhere. If this sounds like something you might like, the label will reissue the release on July 7th. There’s also a great promotional video you can find HERE!
Even after taking off Monday, we managed to get tons of coverage out there. I was stoked to hear that new Cindy song that I had been promised late last year. RayRay started pushing some of our SXSW introductions out with Pendant and Orions Belte. A handful of Austin acts tossed out new tunes, so check in on Hallo, Space Tan and Transy Warhol…a few who will be playing our just announced ATH vs SOTO SXSW Party. Plus, I got a bonus add by getting an excuse to post a little Braid to this site, on top of including my favorite releases of the week for streaming purposes. Get at it below.
I don’t know much about Whadya Want, other than the band had an impact on the folks over at Chapter Music, who are some of my most reliable musical resources. So, when they sent over these tracks to let us know about their reissue of the band’s lone album, Skippy Knows, I figured it would only do us all justice to learn a little more about the band, if only through their hook-laden pop rock sounds. It’s a mixture of 80s dance club sounds, holding onto what was left of the post-punk of that period. Below, you get this groovy number that’s only here as a digital bonus track if you grab the LP; it reminds me of the sharpness of an Orange Juice track, so you can’t go wrong there. Skippy Knows will be reissued on April 14th.