All on the edges: from blurred genre lines to anxiety-propelled panic, our rundown of the best new local music from the past few weeks.
"Here we go, here I go," commands Gold Class vocalist Adam Curley, as the frantic four-minutes-and-forty seconds of the Melbourne quartet's latest track kicks off. Such begins the competitive duel, as combatants — the jolting composition and Curley's own Curtis-like presence — push against each other for stakes of tension, momentum and unhinged fury.
"Twist In The Dark" is produced by the Drones' Gareth Liddard and available as part of a limited edition 12" single, partnered with a remix from electro duo friendships. The band's second full-length, the follow-up to their 2015 debut It's You, is expected late-2017. Before which Gold Class (pictured) complete a run of UK and Europe dates through to May, ahead of a national and NZ tour in July. Full run of dates and details available here.
Built from a throbbing drum machine punch, "Hugo" panics and celebrates, rising to rarely now-seen levels of emotional investment, amidst the yell-a-long call to "line me up" and euphoric backing yells, all cloaking the song's relatively sombre storyline of "an old man reminiscing about the war, and his feelings and regrets from that experience," as Neighbourhood Youth bassist Sam Nathan explains, adding that "it also touches on how humans don't learn from their past mistakes."
The track is the first new music from the Melbourne quartet since their 2016 self-titled second EP and is set to be launched at a pair of shows later this month — Friday, May 26th at Sydney's Oxford Art Factory (Gallery Bar) and on June 2nd at Yah Yah's in Melbourne.
Kult Kyss playfully splash around the edges of '80s dance, experimental and future-pop on latest track "Water Baby", continuing their unpredictable mash of organic and synthetic introduced via breakout single "Get Up Boy".
Alongside the release the mysterious Melbourne pair also announced that an EP is planned for later this year.
The latest single and video from Melbourne's Figures is a pulsating punish of prog-rock beauty, swaying between anguishing last breathes and contentment: "all my life I've sensed the grave". "Recoil" is dedicated to the band's friend and fan, Mick Mills, who tragically passed away at the age of 27 from lymphoma.
"[Mills] was a great guitar player and like a little brother to Simmo, who wouldn't be the guitarist he is without those countless hours jamming together," says bassist Jen Fletcher. "His favourite Figures track was 'Recoil' and he was always front row when we dropped it. He was a proper fan, we never want to forget him and what that song used to make him feel. RIP 'Slick' Mick, we'll miss him but we will never forget him and this video clip was never released in time for him to see it. Guaranteed if he had have seen it, in true Mick style he would have most certainly lost his shit."
"Recoil" features on Figures' new EP, Chronos, due June 16th; with pre-orders available now.
While led by the shoe-laced-directed murmurs ordinarily partnered with the lowest of fidelity, "Make Time" takes a different course, as Future Haunts vocalist Ben Speight's conversation flow is smothered by grandioseness — a crowded composition of guitar solos (that arrive just a minute in) and all-engulfing orchestral-skewed synths, elevating the track to a far larger scale.
The song — which Speight explains is "an observational take on the disconnect that can occur between people when they become preoccupied with various aspects of life" — is set to be launched at two shows later this month: the Lady Hampshire in Sydney on Friday, May 19th and the following Friday, May 26th at Brisbane's Black Bear Lodge.