Cheeky punk-faced grins to face-stabbing audible attacks, via the logical stop-offs that exist in-between — shimmering pop, amped-up hip-hop and catchy cults, of course. Here's the end-to-end coverage of our favourite new local music from the week.
From the Billie Joe Armstrong punctuated "masturbate" lyrical reference (beautifully visually patterned with a guitar neck stroke and a loving straight-down-the-camera stare) to the strained DeLonge vocal stretch, Walken (pictured) lovingly embrace their So-Cal punk roots on new single "Eagle Eye". Not unlike fellow Brisbane bong-lords (and cover stars) Violent Soho the trio perfectly walk the line between snarling attitude and catchy-as-hell hooks. This month they're playing live (undoubtedly a perfectly chaotic experience) on the "Keepin' It Flaccid" national double headline tour with Muddy Chanter, dates here.
It's all in the balance. There's teasing displays of sugary pop cuteness, (accidentally) floating down Kelly Street and getting lost in a video game reality. Or there's the alternate path, deep amongst a forest of production density, twists and turns of electronic dabbles shifting focus. But neither rise above, what is ultimately the centrepiece here: Rainbow Chan's remarkable, spine-rattling vocals. Landing right between angelically delicate and rebelliously nonchalance, its the delivery and Chan's remarkable ability to adaptively shift around the fidgety, occasionally skittish backdrop that makes "Nest" such an alluring pop song.
"'Nest' is about gain and loss", Chan explained to The Fader, hinting as well that there's a darker undercurrent to the shimmering brightness of the track, and its accompanying video: "At the heart of all intimate experiences lies an insoluble distance."
"Nest" is set to feature on Rainbow Chan's debut LP, due out later this year via Silo Arts & Records.
Ivan Ooze only knows one way — all in. "Hooligans", lifted from his upcoming 93 KFC Rotisserie mix tape, finds the rising the Melbourne MC showboating his spitting abilities over a tweakin' electro beat. He matches the tempo with riot-provoking aggression, landing somewhere on the spectrum somewhere between an Odd Future circle pit war-cry and ONYX at their amped-up best.
As Ooze himself plainly states: "Whether you're drunk as hell or just like to bring the ruckus when you're at a party with your mates, this is an anthem for you."
The optimistic edges of Wonderwall meets Who-era harmonies on the latest single from Brisbane indie outfit Pop Cult. The track — set to feature on a forthcoming EP, due mid-year — is built around the flexibly hedonistic tagline (lyric): "do what feels wrong, until it feels right", that's undoubtedly destined to find itself firmly lodged in the humming mainframe of your brain for weeks.
Featuring members of brilliant Brisbane outfit Per Purpose, as well The Wrong Man, Sewers and Psy Ants, Clever deal primarily in pure damnation. Nuclear wasteland, eyes crying tears of blood, robotic machines snapping limbs. Unavoidable hopelessness. Recalling elements of The Stabs' ear-piercing intensity and the sludgy underside of Witch Hats, Clever are aggressive without the shirt-fronted confrontation and bleak without the introspective fixation. Maybe closer to their namesake than that face-punching first impression lets on.
"Your Eyesore's Sweet" features on Kewdi Udi, a limited vinyl release available now (in black and "yellow piss" colour variants) via Homeless.