From frantic punk rock to soul-pop to whatever it is Wireheads continue to strike gold with, here's this week's five-pack of freshly picked new local stuff.
Adelaide country-rock space cadets, Wireheads (pictured), introduce their fourth full-length, Lightning Ears, with the junkyard clattering, piano-backed "Indian Pacific Express", a track led by the band's usual tongue-cheeked rambles that cover everything from sun-bound adventures to encounters with a skinless man to more sincere love propositions. Accompanying which, a day-in-the-life documentary of their hometown, as handycams follow the band through aimless strolls of galleries, parks, pubs and abandoned parking lots.
Lightning Ears is due October 20th via Tenth Court.
Daggy Man is the new solo side-project of The Trouble With Templeton's Thomas Calder, born from what he describes as "the most difficult period of [his] life so far." Woes laid bare on debut A Lazy Kind of Pain, and the title track, which positions itself as completely temporary, a never-to-be-seen diary scribble that serves solely as self-applied therapy. Over a bare-boned strum, Calder delivers an Elliot Smith-esque stream-of-consciousness, pleading to nobody in particular to "take it away", before roleplaying briefly as comforter ("I can be your shadow"), before stumbling on to a revelation of sorts: "I can't see so clearly". Similarly, that fragility features in the accompanying stop-motion clip, where mostly black-and-white silhouettes flicker through a fairytale narrative of love, longing and, of course, failure.
"This album, and project, really just came out of nowhere," Calder explains, adding that A Lazy Kind of Pain "became a way for me to digest, and to try and understand the pain and sadness I was experiencing, and find a way to the other-side of it. I needed to rediscover the beauty in things. I was completely lost and isolated, and I discovered through the process that music was really a way for me to try and save myself. Almost like letters, written to myself from the outside in, the songs were trying to keep me going, and affirm to me that life is worth living."
A Lazy Kind of Pain is available now, with the last of his launch shows scheduled for Brisbane's Black Bear Lodge on Thursday, August 24th.
Over a stuttering looped beat of wobbly synths and guitar fragments, defiant claims of "never going back" butt against conceding admissions ("I'm done") in the wonderfully complex, soulful new track from NZ-born Lakyn. Equally, all freedom associated with escapism ("watch me run") is undermined by the complexities of such responsibility-shedding ("I'll keep doing me, you keep doing you"). "West" is the follow-up to Lakyn's breakout track, the bare-boned pop confession "View Looks So Good".
Currently wrapping dates supporting Vera Blue, Lakyn will headline his own short tour in October.
Friday October 13th: Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
Friday October 20th: Milk Factory, Brisbane
Saturday October 21st: OAF Gallery, Sydney
Wednesday October 25th: Grace Emily, Adelaide
Sydney's Born Lion return with "Evil K", a full-throttle, leadfoot display of furious punk rock attitude and pub rock snarl that sharply shifts from chant-a-longs to punchy standout one-liners ("this is what the public came for") to Patton-like psychedelic swirls to even an unexpected harmonious pause.
Inspired by late-night documentaries on stuntman (and childhood hero) Evil Knievel, front man John Bowker says the song was the first they worked on with new drummer, Andres Hyde, attributing the track's restless nature to what he says was "such an exciting time", adding that "this song felt like the start of something really special."
"Evil K" is set to feature on the band's second LP, Celebrate The Lie, due October. Before which, they'll play a short run of free East Coast shows at Waywards in Sydney on September 15th, at Melbourne's The Reverence on September 23rd and at The Flamin Galah in Brisbane on September 30th.
On latest track "Act of Misacting", Banff (aka Benjamin Forbes), balances free-flowing folk-pop with sharp stabs of sorrow, as the Brisbane-based songwriter undercuts the luscious layered harmonies with a reflective tone of mistakes made, ships sailed etc.
"The track reflects on that feeling of guilt and regret when you're pulled into dealing with someone else's personal troubles," Forbes explains. "It's that inevitable feeling of obligation to support them even though sometimes you don't quite agree with what they've done."
Banff takes the new track on the road this month, supporting I Know Leopard on their upcoming tour — playing Brisbane's Black Bear Lodge on September 15th, the Workers Club in Melbourne on September 16th and at the Rolling Stone Live Lodge at Sydney's Lansdowne Hotel on Thursday, September 21st.