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SOUNDS LIKE: A punk rock freight train soaked in sweat and carrying a ton of melody.
FOR FANS OF: Japandroids, the Replacements, Royal Headache
WHY YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION: For a band that played their first gig in February, Brunswick four-piece Press Club have made a quick indent on the local scene. Supports with acts such as Japandroids, Joyce Manor and Ali Barter – not to mention two landmark performances at this year's Bigsound – have helped build on the buzz of their debut single "Headwreck", a sub-three minute attack of buzzsaw guitars, unforgettable hooks and Natalie Foster's no-bullshit vocals. Their rise isn't quite as overnight as it may sound – the members have all done time together and apart in various Melbourne bands of little note, but Press Club seems to have struck a chord. "The climate's right for some guitars, I think," says six-stringer Greg Rietwyk. "Electronic pop is cool but it's a little played out, and people want to go to a show and get sweaty, they want to jump around. Maybe the landscape is right for it at the moment."
"Headwreck" is one of 11 songs the band recorded in a six-day stretch earlier this year, as a sweltering Melbourne summer sent the temperature soaring above the 40 degree mark – not ideal given the studio didn't have air conditioning. "It adds to the vibe though," says Rietwyk, who produced the sessions, all of which were done live with minimal overdubs. "You can hear it on the recording. The music that we play, it sort of reaches its peak when everyone's exhausted and at their end."
The 11 songs were just a portion of the 40 the quartet wrote upon forming in mid-2016, and the band are yet to determine what they'll do with them and how they'll be released. As for why "Headwreck" was the first to be unleashed?
"It stood out to us because it represented who we were and who we wanted to be," says Foster. Adds Rietwyk: "That one's very direct, it's no bullshit, you just hear it and know exactly what the band is about."
THEY SAY: "It was an exercise in songwriting skills," says Rietwyk of why they amassed such a collection of songs before playing live. "Like anything, if you practice 10 hours a day at something you're going to get better at it. That was the thinking behind it. Write a bunch and there'll be quality in there."
HEAR FOR YOURSELF: "Headwreck" melds pop melodies with a raw, sweaty, ferocious punk rock attack. It's destined to be a festival fave this summer.