Posts By Madeleine Laing

LISTEN: Running Gun Sound – ‘Just You See’

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What has a hip shaking bass line, a double barreled chorus, and the dirtiest guitar solo this side of The Black Lips? It’s ‘Just You See’, the brand new track from Brisbane’s post-mod squad Running Gun Sound. The lyrics are a kind warning: “keep your hands where I can see/ and keep your eyes well on me/ we’ll get along just you see”, but even thinly veiled threats can’t keep this track from being pure summer fun. Guitars here are bursting at the seams with frenzied shredding and everything cracks along at a furious pace before coming to an abrupt stop, like a kid with ADD passing out after a sugar high. BRB, listening to this track 20 more times.

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LISTEN: Nite Fields – ‘Vacation’

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Nite Fields are a dark as hell Brisbane new-wave electro band who make cold, hypnotic tracks swimming in grim atmospherics. ‘Vacation’ is the latest one of these. Sounding very much The Horrors in their Primary Colours era, its entrenched in deep, echoing vocals and dense, driving synth. This track is just smothered in likeable angst, but the repetitive bass and blunt snare beats stop it from drowning in it’s own moodiness, propelling the track forward before it turns into a hazy, surprisingly sweet synth driven jam at the end. This vacation sure isn’t fun in the sun, but a great tune nonetheless.

‘Vacation’ will be out one limited edition vinyl on November 17th through Lost Race Records. Nite Fields are also playing at the Lost Race Festival  in Brisbane on the same day. Probably not a coincidence.

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WATCH: Velociraptor – ‘The Walk On By’

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So they’ve forever crippled organised crime, died in various horrific ways and done…. whatever was going on here.
Velociraptor’s new single ‘The Walk On By’ from their mini-EP The World Warriors, is a lesson in zombie-slaying and a good stab at making low-budget high-quality.
It features a mixture of live action arse-kicking (and NIDA-worthy acting) and some great drawings from Brisbane artist Sam McKenzie. The track is also rad as hell, so make sure you’ve got enough room to dance like a moron before pressing play.

Velociraptor are currently on tour!

Thurs October 11th – Alpha Beta @ The Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast

Fri October 12th – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane

Sun October 14th – Sunday Safari @ Buddah Bar, Byron Bay

Fri October 19th – The Tote, Melbourne

Sat October 20th – Ed Castle, Adelaide

Sat October 27th – The Hive, Brisbane – All ages.

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LISTEN: Palms – ‘Love’

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Is ‘Love’ a lame name for a song? Yeah, probs. Is this song, from Sydney two-piece Palms still rad? Double yeah. Even love isn’t so lame when it’s screamed in Al Grigg’s desperate vocal, backed up with the kind of catchy ‘60s garage guitar that wouldn’t seem out of place in a Velociraptor track (whom the band are currently touring with). And you don’t have to just take my word for it, these guys have got some serious underground pedigree behind them, with Owen Penglis (Straight Arrows, Royal Headache) on production duties for this track.

Catch Palms on the road with Velociraptor. Tour dates after the jump.

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LISTEN: Kitchen’s Floor – ‘Bitter Defeat’

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Kitchen’s Floor is the sometimes-solo-sometimes-not project from Brisbane’s Matt Kennedy, who makes rough and ready garage tracks with depressing titles and surprising melodies. The latest one of these is ‘Bitter Defeat’.

The first thing you notice about this track is how gentle it is. There’s a soft jangle of tambourine, hazy keyboards, and simple acoustic guitar. Even Kennedy’s vocals are markedly less harsh under a heap of echoing effects. In Kitchen’s Floor’s previous LP, Look Forward To Nothing, there was (almost) always that thick layer of noise, heavy with loud and ugly guitar sounds to distract from the emotional centre of the song.

Here, there’s nothing but hopelessness, a bleak melancholy that never lets up for the entire 3 minutes of the track. But it’s also really great. This track makes you feel ‘something’ and that alone, is addictive. You want to listen to in on repeat while looking out at the ugly Brisbane skyline in your shitty share house that smells like cat piss. Or maybe that’s just me.

Get the track on a 7” with B-side Downed through Bandcamp.

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LISTEN: Do The Robot – ‘La Rondette’

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Do The Robot are Matt and Sarah Deasy, a Brisbane husband & wife duo who have spent years perfecting their brand of ambient shoegaze pop. ‘La Rondette’ is no exception; gentle keyboard notes float by from what feels like a million miles away, while the stuttering beats crack and echo in the foreground. At times the track feels cold and sparse, but it still draws you in with lush atmospherics. I don’t have a clue what Sarah Deasy is singing about, but a feeling of longing and isolation comes through loud and clear in her soft, wistful vocals. This is an understated but beautiful track, and I especially like the way the band haven’t sacrificed subtlety for empty drama.

Do The Robot release their new album Midnight Mirage later this month.

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LISTEN: Go Violets – ‘Teenager’

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Go Violets are a Brisbane four-piece who have been gathering steam steadily over the past year with their solid mix of ‘60s pop smarts and ‘90s snark. ‘Teenager’ is their latest single, and it pretty much perfectly captures the nervous rush of a teenage crush. Phoebe Imhoff can’t get the words out fast enough in the verses, which builds up this great wanna-sing-into-my-hairbrush excitement. A catchy track from the bass intro until the last breathy lyric, well worth checking out.

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