From nostalgic punk rock bravado to the dark, late-night depths of goth-techno, here is this week's best new local music.
After reaching the pinacle of the local rock scene, King Cannons called it quits in 2013 with frontman Luke Yeoward deciding to trade the punk lifestyle for a more settled family situation in New Zealand. Now back in Melbourne, Yeoward has launched a new project, The 131's (pictured above), alongside long-time friend Cameron Brew and The Dirty Love's Rich and Hank Richards.
The band's sound is wholly indebted to the foundation punk spirit, attested by lead single "This Ain't Culture", which — as the title suggests — spares little consideration for subtly or pop-facing dilution. Lyrics are spat out in protest, heartland rock hooks equally rallying in their call-to-arms approach, with Yeoward and Co. clearly revelling in their roles as social outcasts.
The 131's self-titled EP is set for release in June via the band's own own independent label.
Her boldest pop statement yet, "Playing With Fire" is the first single from Elizabeth Rose's forthcoming new album Intra. Leading with flickers of Euro-gloss (see also: Annie), local rapper Remi provides a stop-gap guest spot, effectively splitting the track into two clear segments — an impactful stream-of-catchiness introduction and a passionate, theatrical breakdown where Rose sharply shifts from nostalgically playful ("you played me like you would your Game Boy") to fierce threats: "don't fuck up again".
Intra is out March 4th, via Midnight Feature/Inertia.
Mirroring both the timelessness and casual charm of the music itself, Velcro — the solo project of The Ocean Party's Curtis Wakeling — clearly operates on it's own agenda. Much like the retrospective Tidal Wave compilation, the new self-titled LP was recorded several years ago, mixed over the course of 24 months and released only this week. There's a moderately more hi-fi take on the homemade aesthetic this time out, yet lyrically it remains primarily bluntly personal in it's tact.
"Fear of Flying" is just one highlight from this impressive new collection, with the entire album available now via Bandcamp.
The title track from the forthcoming second full-length from Canberra-now-Melbourne punks, Hoodlum Shouts, commences with a quivering statement: "you should've thought ahead". Tone set. "Heat Island" is as desperate and insecure as it is commanding and cocky. Every throttling thrash of determination undercut by the distinctly melodic, emotive tone.
Heat Island is due out later this year via Poison City.
Theremin ambassador, Miles Brown — best known as the mastermind behind horror synth outfit The Night Terrors — has just released his debut solo album Séance Fiction. Cold and minimal, lead single "Apparition" is a hypnotically entrancing twist on his previous work, with Pet Shop pop flirtations shifting the track from it's introspectively bleakness towards anthemic inclusiveness.