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→
Power-trio from Adelaide ‘Sincerely, Grizzly’ dropped this 9 minute epic back in February. Sadly it’s taken me this long to get onboard..and just as im getting my head around this incredible song, I learn there is a full length headed our way in November titled ‘Halves’ handled by Black Night Crash Records. Frickin rad.
The band has a dynamic and powerful approach to song writing not often heard in the current wave of post-genre-screamo. The attack and urgency of the opening minutes lean towards early LaDispute/Touche Amore but as the song relents and unwinds the guitars back off, drums and bass carry for a while and semi-spoken word vocal delivery and noodly-guitar parts balance it out. It makes for a really memorable piece of music. The closing line which is repeated over the final moments of ‘Kafkaesque’ is an eerie little mantra ‘I wish I could wish you well/But I hope you go to hell’ and is bound to grab folks attention and set crowds into a manic chant full of mic grabs and chest bumps.
Brisbane based skramz crew ‘Kiri’ are about to drop this self-titled debut containing 4 tracks, some very cool art and some intense sounds!! Physical distro for the 7” will be via the champs at Lacklustre Records and online through the various bandcamps attached.
This female fronted/4 piece is possibly named after a brand of cheese..or a character from Mortal Kombat..or even less likely after a small community within the Congo. Honestly…i dont know. In lurking about the internets trying to source tidbits of information on this band i discovered all of manner of fascinating trivia…like how they refer to themselves as zion dance party/ gabber music? Other things included how guitarist Uda is the mastermind behind the Eunoia Collective (http://eunoiacollective.com/) and also how vocalist Tessa Fox is a rather talented writer and photographer… you’ve possibly read or seen her work without knowing it if you’re a Brisbane native! See for your self > http://tessafox.com
About the music though…
As the opening guitar noodling of ‘Above The Earth’ kicks things off, the surprising clarity of the mix and authenticity of Tessa’s vocals all hits home in an instant. You can hear every instrument and yet it’s not super compressed and tight. There is a liveliness present but it’s far from being lo-fi! I havn’t heard stuff like this since ‘The Bare Arms’ (NSW) from a few years ago who sadly called it quits. Not to harp on about it..but I think there’s something great about the way a woman’s voice carries in this style of music (see also: Outright) and i would love to hear more of it! Obvious things aside though.. the purely Australian accent is in tact and the energy is really high in this music!
The guitar work ranges from clean, math-noodle inspired riffs to jagged, harsh and discordant!! In short they hit all the trademark nails on their heads and it’s a quite a bit of fun to listen to. Even the awkward bass lead in the opening moments of ‘Chatter in the Skull’ has a playful feel to it before exploding in blast beats and raw sensational noise! Clearly this band has intended to have as much fun as they can whilst maintaining some integrity and seriousness through it all.
EP closer ‘Highbrow’ has this awesome bass/drum intro as Tessa screams over the top. 30 seconds in it gears up a notch and starts to sound similar to ‘Off Minor’ with the furious drumming (blast beats and fills and noise!!) and guitars just screaming! The songs never running long enough to get bored or consider skipping. The 4 tracks fly by all too quickly and it’s easy to just hit repeat and do it all again!
All up: a great debut from some talented people, hopefully this is just the start and we get to hear some more soon!
RIYL: Off Minor, Lilith, Beau Navir, Love.Like..Electrocution etc
RCPD are a 5 piece band from Adelaide who play emo/skramz/punk music that reminds me an awful lot of ‘Off Minor’. With that said..I could probably leave the review right there and you should have more than enough reason to warrant checking them out. But wait…there’s more.
Featuring 7 tracks the ‘Nightlife’ EP is only the second release from the band and has proven to be quite a popular one since it dropped back in May. The band put out the CD, Annoy and Destroy put out the tape and soon I believe they’ll be producing a 7” to complete the collection! PLUS the band was offering it for free d/l (until they ran out) so obviously this music is making an impact and people are lapping it up! Luckily Age Crisis Records have copies of the CD for those who missed out on getting a copy during the bands recent tour.
The production is superb on this release and sounds really full!! Instruments are crystal clear, drums are punchy as hell and the vocals carry amazingly well above it all in the mix. Overall the band plays melodic/mathy/aggressive emo that will resonate with fans of Piano’s Become The Teeth/Tiny Moving Parts/Calculator/Caravels etc
There are ambient/reverb laden post rock moments, heavy-crust/hardcore moments, blast beats and impressive guitar noodling..in fact there’s more packed into these 7 tracks than a lot of bands i hear attempt across a whole album. It’s ambitious if nothing else!
Lyrically it’s really got some potency, loaded with metaphors and personal stuff like ‘i guess what im trying to say / its hard to watch a loved one slowly fade away / with every breathe you take / brings death closer this way’ on the opener ‘Lungs’. Wether born from personal experiences or stories, the words seem very personal and are delivered with passion and urgency.
This is CLEARLY AND EASILY in my top-releases of the year. I am smashing this one on repeat. And i dont even like Resident Evil.