From cut losses to cutting sick in a trolley, this is the complete spectrum of solutions. It's also our favourite five new songs and videos from local artists this week.
Evidently, we're not looking for the comedown comfort of strangers anymore. And where are your friends tonight? Who bloody cares. Not Perth grunge-leaning rockers Tired Lion (pictured) that's for sure. As leader Sophie Hopes clearly declares her position, shifting from snarling verses — elongated for a bored-shitless temperament — to a choir of dissent. Despite this contrast of intimacy and inclusion — the latter ironically suited for arm-in-arm concert chants — the message remains unwavering: who needs any of these assholes.
"I have never been inclined to go to extreme lengths to 'fit in' but at this time in my life I was so desperate to latch on to anything that made me feel like it was worth existing," Hope explains of the track's source. "I eventually cut my losses, dropped the toxic people who appeared to be so pleasant to my face and moved on into a direction I chose for myself. I'm a lot happier being the outsider these days and I guess this was the song that justified the change."
"Not My Friends" is the band's first new music since 2015's Figurine EP.
Amongst the swirling imagery, murmured vocals and morphing animation, a simple message emerges: "get back to the garden".
Let Angus Stone's new project Dope Lemon lead us down this escapism path, away from a hell-destined world that right now is hanging by a moral thread. A mood mirrored right here, with Stone's vocals rarely settling too far from absolute fragility, allowing instead the flickering guitar plucks to provide the brief moments of optimism.
Funky bright breakbeat. No scrap that. Tightly-wound psych-pop. No. Bliss-gaze. Remember Bran Van 3000?
"Stormy Eyes" pulls in all directions, scattering genre, fidelity and structure. It lands far closer to adventurous collage than confused mess though, as Tales In Space's central figure Luke Bertoz forges the path with his buoyant tone.
"Stormy Eyes" will feature on Bertoz's forthcoming second album, due later this year.
It "might be the drugs" or maybe something more — an ambiguously aimed, attitude-loaded protest song from an unexpected source. Here hedonistic kings, Dune Rats, unload — albeit with a sarcastic undertone — calling "bullshit" on anyone that'll listen.
This expertly-timed new release — equally serving as feedback on the week in federal politics as new source material for the band's upcoming Violent Soho-accompanying jaunt around Australia — features gravel-throated frontman Danny Beausa sounding more strained than ever, offsetting the explosive hook that's destined for anthemic sing-a-longs and middle-finger salutes.
Intoxicating indie charm and '90s guitar-guided nostalgia are just a mask. While the dominate, economically precise "staring at the ceiling" imagery aptly contradicts the jovial surrounds, it's the follow-up punchline of being "too tired for feelings" that delivers the fatal blow. Generation why-bother frequently tackle this un-conquerable sense of bleakness with great effect, yet rather than aiming for false flashes of hope, offering angst-empowered defiance or even conceding to whinging taunts, the solution offered by Sydney quartet Library Siesta is far simpler: forget about it all and ride around town in a shopping trolley.
"My Valentine" features on the band's brilliant new LP, Future Taunts, available now.