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Raave Tapes – Red Flag

I’m worried about Raave Tapes. I’m increasingly convinced that the nicest people in music have visited an actual dystopian future and have brought back a soundtrack to warn us all of what awaits. This post-industrial, scorched-earth attack of shuddering energy is enough to turn the most self-confident into raving paranoids, and to turn the already […]

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Bloods – I Hate It

This must be the jauntiest song about hating someone ever written. The Bloods sound usually comes at you wearing a set of stompy boots, but mostly pairs it with a glinting, glittering smile. On this one, the smile is turned into a snarl, and the only glint is off the steel of a drawn blade. […]

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Sal & The Mandas – Highway Lines

There can be few things more utilitarian than the lines in the middle of the road, but Sal – and, indeed, The Mandas – turns them into romantic goals to be aimed at. Few bands wear their hearts so obviously on their sleeves, and even fewer do it with such large grins. Shut your face, […]

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The Underground Stereo: Semantics, The Rockefeller Frequency, The Lizards, Grenade Jumper

An occasional roundup of tracks I can’t get enough of, by bands I’ve somehow not got round to seeing live yet. Semantics – SDE You know that bit in Breeders’ “Cannonball” when the guitars do that muted string thing just before it explodes into the chorus? Semantics do that here, but at like nine times […]

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Huck Hastings – Soft – An Epilogue

“Breakup songs are the real pandemic we should be trying to contain, but “Soft – An Epilogue” is a bit special. While it’s too easy to write maudlin songs about the aftermath of relationship, Huck Hastings is much more philosophical, as well as emotionally raw. With a sound straight off a Parisian street, it’s truly […]

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The Underground Stereo: Voiid, Georgia Maq, Nat Vazer, Floodlights

An occasional roundup of tracks I can’t get enough of, by bands I’ve somehow not got round to seeing live yet. Voiid – Sour Making it onto just about every single “new Australian music” playlist in the last week, one listen confirms why. There are few more acts out there as challenging in their story-telling, […]

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Naughty Boys – Pissed On

There are few sounds more furious than Naughty Boys going off on one – although on this latest track, that’s under-cooking it. This is completely, wildly, catastrophically off any possible chain, a flailing madman of a song, punishing and glorious and filthy and demented. Its eyes bulge from its sockets, whaling around like it’s trying […]

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Scabz – What You Stand For

Scabz’ darker mood is on display here, a cold blast of righteous vim and vinegar directed at pretty much everyone with power. Specific targets include – but are not limited to – “not my God, not my boss, not my PM“. Not for the first time, I’m bloody glad they’re on our side. Learn More: […]

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Clews – Feel

Clews’ music always sounds like it’s arriving from the sky. The vocals just soar, like patterns in the air. The rhythms are thunderous, the guitars crash in like lashing rain, and the whole effect is enough make you feel absolutely tiny. Wonderful stuff. Learn More: Facebook – Instagram Latest Posts