The Australian new-wave quartet Mount Defiance release the EP Yankee Flat on the 4th of August.
From the EP – Teamwork is a delightful combination of guitar strings that are slapping against the floor, muzzy-fuzzy garage and a superbly pitched vocal that sounds so begrudging in accompaniment you can feel the disdain of a teenage tantrum snapping around the room – whilst simultaneously delivered as music to enjoy whilst revelling in its cleverly placed sarcastic humour.
It is this juxtaposition that makes me urge you to grab hold of the release as soon as you are able – and – if you happen to be in Melbourne (Australia) on the 28th of July – you can get it more quickly than the rest of us at the launch show at The Workers Club in Brunswick Street.
Mount Defiance is a band I look forward to coming back to later in the year.
Floating around the room on extended delayed fuzz Marlinspike deliver music that hangs around on the air, like the scent of patchouli oil, long after the notes have drifted to silence. The combinations of garage rock blended with a mushroom tea infusion gives the material a slightly psychedelic impression without the listener feeling as though they are set to see dragons walking on the ceiling, rather be left in a relaxing slightly muzzy-headedness.
My selection from the five track EP (available on bandcamp) is the penultimate (and atypical of the release with its jogging beat, particularly given the text above) Into The Deep.
Drown This City is an Australian melodic-metal quintet.
Drown This City
Slamming through the speakers, their latest single, BEND/BREAK claws chunks out of the mortar as the music roars through the room in hurtling tempo. Drown This City keep tight reign on the resulting output and are effortlessly able to shift the dynamics of the track with unexpected bridges of melodies and softness slowing down proceedings.
The Australian synth-gaze quintet Crepes are planning to release an LP later in the year.
Crepes – photo by @leticiaalmeida
Within the past nine hours – Sexyland – from the forthcoming album bubbled to the surface.
Hard to believe that in Australia it is heading towards the sharp end of winter as the summer evening vibe spills through the room. Even here where the temperature is currently just over 25 degrees Centrigrade I can feel the office getting warmer as the luscious tones drift through the room.
The Australian rock quartet Bandintexas are due to release their début LP in September.
A long awaited follow up to the ABDC- EP release by the quartet who have revealed numerous tracks over the intervening years along with a plenitude of live appearances – Bandintexas is a band best enjoyed in lengthy session.
The most recent track to surface being Hey Daisy, which enters the room with a thumbed bass note, so there is little possibility it would escape my interest, with submerged pedals and hushed cymbal giving the opening phrases a ghostly presence prior to vocal joining in the bobbing thick string and it is only at a quarter of the way through the tad under four minutes that the song unfolds in to its full luminosity, yet were that opening to be extended even further the mind would not find itself wandering.
Having featured Bandintexas since mid 2014 I can with some confidence suggest this is their most impressive piece thus far in their journey as within Hey Daisy the quartet have been able to harness their raw energy, whilst not diluting any of the honesty, to deliver a soundtrack of emotional roller-coaster and I am looking forward to the album with considerable interest.