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SOUNDS LIKE: Synth-enveloped Cincinnati sadcore filtered through a Central Victorian winter.
FOR FANS OF: The National, War On Drugs, Shining Bird
WHY YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION: Comprising frontman Anthony White, brother Francis, and childhood mate Kieran Daly, the Bendigo trio draw inspiration from every facet of life in their hometown – inviting comparisons with Arcade Fire and landing a Triple J Unearthed slot at Groovin the Moo in the process. Debut album Greater City, Greater Love is both a widescreen portrait of greater Bendigo, and a stark dissection of cloistered small town insularity and racism. "It's about small minds," Anthony says. "I think we're more of a footy town – it's actually been a blessing for us, 'cause we've really dug deep to rise above that."
THEY SAY: "In 2014, we booked out a farmhouse on Lake Eildon and went to record the album over five days. We had really shit gear, and we just embraced it. We didn't have fancy synthesisers or anything, so we just went with what we had, taking lessons from Springsteen's Nebraska. We tried to make the songs short stories and narratives." The intersection of DIY spontaneity and taut songwriting vision makes for a heady mix.
HEAR FOR YOURSELF: Expansive album template "Sirens (Parts 1 & 2)". An Australian heir to Matt Berninger, Anthony imports more pathos into the line "don't fall asleep with your dick in your hand" than many bands manage across an entire album.