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SOUNDS LIKE: Scrappy So-Cal-inspired surf rock, topped off with a party-boy punk cheek.
FOR FANS OF: Wavves, Palms, Dune Rats
WHY YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION: Upon finishing up his secondary education in Forster on the New South Wales mid-north coast, guitarist/vocalist Ben Reed says he "punched up" to Byron Bay in early-2013 because he'd seen firsthand while touring with his high-school band that "fuck it's definitely happening up here". Linking up with childhood friend and drummer Jonny Lani, the pair began playing shows for "a hundred bucks and a couple of beers wherever we could", eventually adding Toby Cregan on bass after he ambushed the pair's weekly jam session with guitar in hand.
2014 breakout single "LSD" led to the trio being invited to record at Converse's Rubber Tracks Studio in New York and crowned winners of Triple J's Unearthed competition the following year. The endorsements kicked off a hectic two years for the band, which included the release of two EPs – 2015's 50 Push Ups For a Dollar and 2016's Everyone Is Good At Something – as well as countless tours across Australia and beyond, including a St. Patrick's Day party in New Caledonia and a particularly memorable show in Rio de Janeiro at an "underground warehouse where they have sex orgies".
Skegss' latest pair of singles, "Spring Has Sprung" and "Got On My Skateboard", set the tone for their more-reflective third EP, Holiday Food, released April 7th.
THEY SAY: "I feel like it's a pretty complete picture," Reed says of Holiday Food, adding that the aim was for the tracklist to "work into a little story, where each [song] individually is just a part of your personality. 'Spring Has Sprung' is that small part where you're wasted, [but] each one is a different part of something you like doing."
Reed also says the band benefited greatly this time around from the hands-on help of Tigertown's Chris Collins, who "made sure we got it how we wanted it to sound, because that's what we struggled with for the first couple of EPs".
HEAR FOR YOURSELF: "Spring Has Sprung" is a catchy slice of carefree punk-pop, while EP closer "No Future For Me" shows the band's grittier angst.