Happy Laneway Week! To those who’ve grown a little weary slamming their festival favourites to death, here’s nine fresh ones. Featuring this week are Straight Arrows, GUM, Crum, Pinky Pinky, DZ Deathrays, Tropical Fuck Storm, VOIID, The Ruminaters, and RACKETT. Jammers all.
DZ DEATHRAYS – WITCHCRAFT PT.II (I OH YOU)
A crushing late set jammer from the newly dropped Bloody Lovely. The record’s closing track cuts loose with caustic sound. It’s a little more unhinged than the album’s leading singles which is why it’s such a compelling spin.
PINKY PINKY – ROBBER (INNOVATIVE LEISURE)
These guitars can talk. Mind flipping into a Velvets style jam halfway ‘Robber’ is another taste of these LA locals' forthcoming EP. Pinky Pinky toy with a traditional rock sound, but they never lose grasp of their sense of fun.
TROPICAL FUCK STORM – YOU LET MY TYRES DOWN (TFS RECORDS)
“You let my tyres down” Gareth Liddiard repeats. And when he does it feels like just about everything that’s good and right with this world is draining out of existence. ‘You Let My Tyres Down’ is anthemic hopelessness in its most gloriously battered form.
GUM – THE UNDERDOG (SPINNING TOP)
‘The Underdog’ is one of two new tracks Tame Impala’s Jay Watson has dropped ahead of his same-titled fourth LP. “It’s evoking that sensation of triumph and that weird parallel universe feeling you get when the person that’s not supposed to win, does," Jay explains in the accompanying press release. Psych, soul and funk stroller rolled all into one.
THE RUMINATERS – BOYS OFF WORK (INDPEDNDENT)
These guys again? The Ruminators haven’t been sparing any expenses when it comes to recording and with ‘Boys off Work’ the effort is showing through. They love The Strokes, no doubts there, but with Pixies and Royal Blood producer Rob Brinkman they’re cultivating their own distinctive sound.
RACKETT - ALIVE (INDEPENDENT)
A new thumper for from Sydney’s Rackett. This four have been tearing up Australian pubs for the better part of a year now and it’s filtering into their sound. Yes, there’s a jittery new wave vibration that emanates from Rebecca Callander’s icy vocals but ‘Alive’ is bottom heavy. It’s nailed to the ground by a low-slung groove.
VOIID – SILLY GIRL (INDEPENDENT)
‘Silly Girl’ drop punts delinquent punk and riot grrrl into a flossy world of ‘90s pop. After throwing some much need sarcasm into the musical present, the track’s bright exterior derails into a darker undercurrent. VOIID will be headlining their own Shark Bar show February 23rd so if this new number is putting you in the mood for tickets you could do worse than to pick up a few of them here.
CRUM – STARVING ME (INDEPENDENT)
STRAIGHT ARROWS – OUT & DOWN (SPACECASE/RICE IS NICE)
It feels like Sydney’s Straight Arrows have been dormant for far too long. But alongside news of an upcoming East Coast tour they’ve dropped a new “7. A-side 'Out and Down' is a masterclass in garage punk. The track launches headlong out of the speakers and lodges itself directly to the inside of the skull.
Words by Riley Fitzgerald