We’ve started the week with grim tidings from Las Vegas, but within the small mercy of music comes moments of escape, reflection, respite and perhaps even a glimmer of salvation. There doesn’t seem to be any stopping Ty Segall’s relentless output, he’s dished up yet another new track. After touring the country back in May, The Allah-Lahs have dropped news of a forthcoming EP accompanied by a cover of an underappreciated cut from George Harrison’s Cloud 9. There’s also new sounds coming courtesy of MEZKO, Bully, Radiator Hospital and Negative Gemini. To round it all out we’ve also thrown in the latest from local faves Scaredy Snake and Confidence Man.
TY SEGALL – ALTA (DRAG CITY)
The devotional ‘Alta’ flows in a similar direction to the material you may have heard on the self-titled album Ty dropped earlier in January. With the nefarious Steve Albini on production duty, his latest crashes forward with grunge bombast and guitar shredding edge. Pairing environmental themes with Segall’s typically expressive fretwork it plays out a little like ‘70s era Neil Young.
BULLY – KILLS TO BE RESISTANT (SUB POP/INERTIA)
Chicago audiophile Alicia Bognanno's back and full of fire. third single ‘Kills To Be Resistant’ continues the lead-up to her second LP. Part outburst and part protest, its guitar bending motifs throwing back to the more accessible periods of Sonic Youth while her vocals scrape and course with jilted angst.
The full album drops October 20. Pre-order it here.
THE ALLAH-LAHS – FISH ON THE SAND (MEXICAN SUMMER)
These vinyl fanatics tore it up when they toured Queensland earlier this year and now it seems they’re releasing a covers EP. Stripping ‘Fish On The Sand’ of the cheesy bombast of its ‘80s production, the Californian outfit remake Harrison’s inspired popcraft in their own image. The song’s insistent hooks are supplemented by guitar lines and the driftingly melancholic vocals.
Covers #1 is due out Nov. 3 via Mexican Summer. Pre-order the EP here.
MEZKO – STEADY ON (INTERIA)
Sydney’s MEZKO have just signed with Inertia and to celebrate the fact they’ve shared ear punching single ‘Steady On’. Its pulsing arpeggiation and mechanistic percussion echo ‘80s synth pop like Visage’s ‘Fade To Grey’ yet it’s questionable whether their new wave antecedents ever rocked this hard. The pair prove they’re more than just an ominous retro facsimile, ornamenting the track with husky vocals and abrasive slabs of guitar.
MEZKO’s Polychronic EP will be arriving October 27. Pre-order it here.
RADIATOR HOSPITAL – NOTHING NICE (SALINAS RECORDS)
Radiator Hospital are a group whose sonics have skewed everywhere from emo to indie pop. ‘Nothing Nice’ throws out an anthemic mess of fuzz and lyrical indifference. The Michigan natives seem to revel within the emptiness of the grand musical gestures which embody the tune. The accompanying clip seems to confirm there sentiment with vocalist Sam Cook-Parrott Aping his best Oasis style posturing while glancing outward with a self-deprecatingly lifted brow.
SCAREDY SNAKE – RATTLE SNAKEY (INDEPENDENT)
Drifting outward from the mind of Brisbane’s Heidi Cutlack, ‘Rattle Snakey’ is the sort of song which doesn’t reveal itself all at once. Minimal bedroom production encloses the track’s aching lyrics and languid fretwork. Lurching in gloom and isolation it lulls and beguiles, a difficult proposition to resist.
NEGATIVE GEMINI – YOU WEREN’T THERE ANYMORE (100% ELECTRONICA)
As Negative Gemini Lindsey French expands her synth pop and dance hybrids with smatterings of unconventional ideas. Washes of synth pads swirl amidst vocals which wander in anguish. The New Yorker’s musical abstraction is matched with the dark drama of her surrealistic lyrics. The subtlety disturbed implications of opening lyric ‘I buried you under the stairs’ frames the track’s caricature of a jaded lover as something far more sinister.
CONFIDENCE MAN – BETTER SIT DOWN BOY (AMPLIFIRE/HEAVENLY RECORDINGS)
Few bands in recent memory have built as much instantaneous buzz as Brisbane’s Confidence Man. Maybe there’s a degree of hype but with ‘Better Sit Down’ they continue to deliver the goods. Better Sit Down arrives as another party-ready dance stomper. Built around a commanding sample and chugging electro rhythms there’s plenty of production floss to keep the body moving.
RING'A DING DING TOUR DATES
Fri 3 Nov – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Mon 6 Nov (Melbourne Cup Eve) – Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne
Fri 17 Nov – The Triffid, Brisbane
Sun 1 Oct - Yours & Owls Festival, Wollongong, NSW
Sat 18 Nov – The Plot Parramatta, NSW
Thu 28 Dec– Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC – SOLD OUT
Fri 29 Dec - Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS
Sun 31 Dec– Falls Festival, Byron Bay, NSW – SOLD OUT
Sat 6 Jan – Falls Festival, Perth, WA