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Kids Of Yesterday – Horsin’ Around

Protest songs take many forms but the purest shape of musical anger at any injustice is best expressed at 170bpm or so, with guitars so sharp they could peel your face off, and with brutal lyrics that play with language in a way that both impress *and* impresses a message. This is one of those […]

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Bugs – Old Youth Feeling

Bugs’ superpower is the ability to casually drop grinalong singalongs, and this is another of their finest. Brimful of their usual energy, it’s a guaranteed pit pleaser and sounds almost exactly like the best night out you ever had. Lyrically though, there’s another level at work – the whole song may sound like joy in […]

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Molly & The Krells – Expectations

Even if you ignored the fact that Molly & The Krells’ latest punctures the egos of no-talent show-ponies, laughs at anyone who does a Xmas album, and has a chorus that is patently about a night out (or playing) at Frankie’s in Sydney, you’d STILL end up with a massive banger that should be taught […]

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Tanaya Harper – Emma

A track to spur the bloodstream into action, Tanaya Harper here channels the ghosts of those near-perfect Juliana Hatfield records of 90s yore, but adds modern lyrical takes and a far more muscular sound to fill those posh headphones you all insist on wearing. There’s no grey area here – this is a glorious song […]

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Wishful Thinking – What The Hell Am I Gonna Do

So, anyway, ‘Time To Be Alone’ or ‘One More Time’ (both on the excellent EP named for the latter) are the sort of immediate songs you just get right into from first listen. While ‘I Get Lonely’ is just too close to the bloody bone for my personal comfort and my ego, I literally cannot […]

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St.Sinner – Mr. Prime Minister

This wired and zany debut from St.Sinner jerks all over the stage, with its eyes bulging in the direction of our political leadership. Going the full gonzo, it avoids being simply angry by adding a hefty glug of knockabout humour to give the rage a mischievous smirk. This lot are up to something – it’s […]

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Le Pie – A Room Of One’s Own

This glorious ender from Le Pie’s first LP both gives the album its name and seals the deal on a debut of grace and strength. ‘A Room Of One’s Own’ emerges on the other side of trauma and heartache to find its own place in the world and on its own terms, a triumph of […]

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Maple Mall – Jun’s So Fast

Woollongong’s Maple Mall debut with a slurry slice of dolewave-ishness that gives the impression that it really wants to break its leash and go fully gonzo, but somehow can’t quite seem to get off the sofa right now. That’s a compliment, mind you – it’s a track of gentle but irresistible charm that makes you […]

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Illy – Cheap Seats (feat WAAX)

Collaborations are usually circle-jerk ego-festivals, mostly featuring a couple of roughly-equal sized acts looking to bolster reps and grift some audience from each other. This one’s a bit different – you’d be hard-pressed to argue that WAAX and Illy’s audience have much in common in terms of genre or – being honest – size. This […]