HPKNS – Soda Man – Single Review

The Australian blues-hop duo HPKNS released their début single Soda Man on the 20th.



There is something intoxicating about the contemplation of crunching blues riffs delivered to an EDM synthesis and HPKNS are fine exponents as exposed in Soda Man (available on bandcamp).

While the soaking guitar has you reaching for a whisky to savour and slowly drain, the vaguely House feel also finds you reaching for a shot of vodka to tip down the throat in a hurry. However, far from leaving the mind in a perpetual state of confusion, HPKNS are easily able to handle the slighter faster paced blues chords and finds the listener happily banging the table to the rhythm with a glass in each hand while feet stomp in joy.

Today seems to be one of featuring bands with their earliest releases and what a joy today is turning out to be –  akin to Max Chillen And The Kerbside Collective and 410 I am already looking forward to featuring HPKNS again in short order.


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Max Chillen And The Kerbside Collective – Goodbyes – Single Review

The Australian melancholic-synth quintet Max Chillen And The Kerbside Collective released the single Goodbyes within the past few hours.

Max Chillen And The Kerbside Collective - photo credit Jonathan Bautista

Max Chillen And The Kerbside Collective – photo credit Jonathan Bautista

The sense of misery warps itself around the listener like putting on a damp clothes on a foggy morning.

The mournful vocal completely captives the mind while the instrumentation floats around the ears. A superb bass and drum-rim roll open up the track prior to the dour imagery settling into the room as the morose guitar listlessly slips into earshot with voice and haunting synth latterly joining in to provide the additional layers of texture which for just under three minutes and fifty seconds seep into the bone marrow leaving the listener still entranced after the notes have faded away.

Max Chillen And The Kerbside Collective is a relatively new band and Goodbyes (available on bandcamp) is only their second single.

I certainly look forward to hearing more of their music and frequently coming back to the quintet over the coming years.

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