Salt Money hail from Brisbane and this is their second release. It’s only 4 tracks..the entire thing runs for like 8+ minutes..it’s fast, frantic, abrasive and I love it. Think melodic skramz/powerviolence/OG screamo and you’re there. A little less metallic than thier debut, arguably better though. Continue reading Salt Money – First Breath (2021)→
Melbourne based outfit Spectral Fires have burst on to the scene-radar with this energetic and urgent collection of tracks titled ‘Wayfarer’. This EP will immediately find ground with fans of bands like Touche Amore, Trophy Eyes, Pianos Become The Teeth etc for its use of high octane drumming and guitar work, combined signing and screaming vocal delivery and melodic approach. Continue reading Spectral Fires – Wayfarer (EP) 2016→
Hailing from Perth, ‘Treehouses’ do this blend of spoken work/screamo/acoustic music that’s been turning a heads since they dropped the full length ‘Id Rather Forget’ in late 2014.
On the new single ‘3am’ the band open with soft acoustic guitars and pretty female vocals reminiscent of Jayne Tyrrell’s sultry tones. There are nice harmonies and just a touch of background noise which all seems pretty by-the-book folk for the first minute. Then as a subtle slide guitar blends in (as if right on cue for any alt folk group) a spoken word passage comes in. They swap over and then overlay the spoken and sung parts against the background of this slow cruisy track has all the right ingredients to catapult the band into hipster/indie fandom.
With about a minute to go the screaming component of the bands sound comes in and rather than employ a more confronting up-front vocal which would typically isolate this band from audiences less familiar with that sound…it’s set back in the mix to compliment the melancholy and emotion of the other sung parts.
It’s not what I was expecting. Before I can make up my mind about whether I liked it or not I’m hitting the replay button to go at it a second time. And a third.. fourth…tenth time and so on. It took time and repeat spins before concluding that yes…this is definitely sincere and beautiful and raw music that needs to be heard,
The band have shot a video to accompany the release and support the upcoming 6-track affair ‘Extended Family’ which is available for pre-order now through bandcamp. You can pre-order the cassette release of ‘Extended Family’ through Spit The Dummy records as well.
Adelaide outfit ‘Sincerely Grizzly’ have put together an outstanding full length debut titled ‘Halves’. Seriously…it’s really impressive! The band (a three piece) incorporate twinkly-emo guitar parts and big melodic instrumental passages (a-la-post rock) but in-between all this musical noodling is a punchy little pissed-off emo/indie/rock whatever band bashing away for good measure!
It is quite impressive on the first listen through as the bold tempo changes and sing/scream delivery hit all the right marks. Fans of Piano’s Become the Teeth & Touche Amore will get down with this right away ..however.. this band does not sound like they are merely mirroring their influences. This is quite unique and indeed creative enough within the genre to be something honestly worth giving your attention.
The songs each vary in length (from 3-9mins) but there’s a lot on offer within each song. At times the track appears to have ended only to return after a moments silence whereas at other times the tempo/style changes are drastic enough that it’s hard to tell if it’s even the same song! These twists and turns are just as fun as the instantly and familiar heavy/screamy bits.
Released in December 2014, possibly the worst time in the year to put out a record, many may have overlooked this gem or not even heard about it all.. well now is your chance to make up for that!
Melbourne 5 piece and sad-boiz club members ‘Love Alone’ have released a new track ‘Zero’ which follows up their insanely good split w/ ‘Hindsight’ (SA) from earlier this year.
This blast of emotionally charged and expertly crafted music lasts just over 3 minutes and touches on all the key elements that has made this band a standout in 2014. There’s the ambient bits at the start, fast punk bits, screamy bits with punchy stop start moments, slower melodic bits..and the production is just what you’d want, all the instruments are present, the mix is balanced and powerful, vocals right on top, drums dead centre and guitars typically enormous. Lyrically this ones a tad on the sad side, gets you right in the feels.. you have been warned.
The band is offering it up for FREE/PWYW on bandcamp: