The past month passed like a snap, and suddenly the Five for Friday email folder is well and truly stuffed full and overflowing. Oh well, all the better for it, here's our picks for the best new local music from the past few weeks.
"Well Enough Alone" is the lead track from the Melbourne folk trio's second LP, Take Care Take Cover, released April 13th.
A frantic panic of plucks accompany the pleas of "honey, won't you stay", a sentiment influenced by "a few comments from men in the music scene that left me feeling small and valueless", as vocalist/guitarist Maggie Rigby explains, adding that "['Well Enough Alone'] is about deciding not to take those judgements on board, not to lie down and take crap from anyone, no matter who they are."
The companion clip, directed by Eden Mullholand, matches the track's tension-build, with scenes suggesting demon possession jitters and a supportive gig crowd morphing into a mob of hypnotised corpses — all just obscured enough to let the viewer's mind freely wander towards their own interpretation, obviously.
Pow! Negro's latest, "Money For Portraits", is a confident display of the Perth sextet's uniquely unrestrained rap/rock/funk hybridity. Held together by a guitar riff — repurposed as a thumping bassline — the song packs nothing but punches into its sub-4 minute run, combining the clattering, ADHD-composition with drowning details as it masterfully, yet sharply, shifts through stanzas of muffled soul, freestyle sax solos and Rawkus Records-era conscious boom-bap rap.
The group are set to take the new track on the road for a series of home-state shows, starting tonight at Fremantle Arts Centre, ahead of a performance at this weekend's Fairbridge Festival, RTRFM’s In the Pines on April 30th and the Bunbury Groovin' The Moo date in May.
Amidst classic, quintessentially Australian imagery ("his Dunlop Volleys on his feet, his rusted Falcon wagon hits the street"), Grenadiers celebrate the joys of suburban existence in a straight-shot slab of full-throttle, no-bullshit pub rock. Suitably partnered here with a '90s handy-cam clip (shot at a suburban speedway, of course), the Adelaide rock trio set the nostalgic tone for their forthcoming third LP, due later this year. Before which, they hit the road for a run of dates in support of the new single; details here.
On the spiralling new track from producer pair Super Cruel (Tigerilla and Porsches) vocalist Lisa Mitchell steals the spotlight, her gut-punchingly blunt lyrics tangling fond memories with regret; often overlapping the two with attention-commanding economy: "we used to fall apart, together." The video further plays on the world-collapsed youth viewpoint, partnering throwback scenes (the unmistakable Nokia 3310 of the early-naughties) with the play-by-play timeline of a turbulent teenage romance.
Treehouse have revealed the video for "Hammer on the Door", a song lifted from Bedroom Suck's forthcoming vinyl reissue of their Centre of the World EP, due April 28th. The track — which was also the band's contribution to the brilliant 2015 CD-R Hobart-based Neighbourhood Of Infinity compilation — wraps joy with spite, partnering the Tassie trio's cheeky wink-and-a-strum slacker charm with despairing, Bed Wettin-esque strain. And suddenly, despite the clip of carefree pranks and dicking around amongst iconic Apple Isle imagery (essentially worn weatherboard cottages nestled amongst more trees than most mainland-dwelling city-folks will see in their lifetime) there remains the strong suggestion that everything isn't alright; such is this wonderful band's gift.