Weather’s brisk so here’s eight tunes to burn the chill. Shark Bar regulars Pist Idiots are tearing up triple j airwaves with latest single ‘Smile’ so we couldn’t be happier to have them here leading the charge. What’s more, we’ve collected a further six from ORB, Protomartyr, HTRK, the Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Drunk Mums and Moaning Lisa. Courtney Barnett’s ‘Nameless, Faceless’ isn't new as such but it's taken on special significance with the passing of Eurydice Dixon. Honouring her memory we’re adding back into the mix.
MOANING LISA – GOOD (INDEPENDENT)
‘Carrie (I Want A Girl)’ was anthemic. With follow up ‘Good’ these Canberran locals continue to show range and diversity. Okay, it's not the first guitar hazed sound to catch ears this year, but they rock it out ferociously. This outfit can put it across. Big and undiluted emotion, they belt it out. Straight from the heart and larger than life.
PROTOMARTYR – WAIT (DOMINO)
‘Wait’ is nothing short of apocalyptic. Joe Casey’s clock comes forever set a minute to midnight. His lyrics reflect this and behind him, the band tears closer towards wailing doom. This little number opens the Detroit rockers' newly released Consolation E.P.
ROLLING BLACKOUTS C.F. – HOW LONG (SUB POP)
Week after week we’ve been adding this group to this list. Why? Maybe it’s those classic chords. Perhaps it’s a warm affinity with The Go-Betweens’ – ‘How Long’ sounds like a classic McLennan-Forester composition. We can’t resist, who knows? All we can comment is that we’re long haulin’ Blackouts converts and their debut record doesn't disappoint.
ORB – SPACE BETWEEN THE PLANETS (FLIGHTLESS)
Hard crashin’ riffs and a sludgy bottom end catapult ORB into the outer cosmos. Plays like spaced out Sabbath. We couldn’t be happier.
PIST IDIOTS - SMILE (INDEPENDENT)
Choice licks from the Sydney outfit who do them best.
DRUNK MUMS – ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES (PISSFART)
The Mums are like the Ramones. There’s visual and sonic similarities but it’s ideology we’re talking here. In this sense their dedication is total. They record, they play, they tour. Whether the world at large tunes in they’ll kick on regardless, powered by nothing more than the conviction that this is what they were meant to do.
HTRK – MENTIONS (MISTLETONE/INERTIA)
Clicked or carnal, Jonnine’s voice investigates throes of narcotic obsession. Even relative to their previous output HTRK ebb into an ever-deepening languor. The entropic ‘Mentions’ carries that self-same sinking feeling. It’s putting across a sensation of losing grip and in doing so is nothing short of spectacular. Love hurts, obsession kills.
COURTNEY BARNETT – NAMELESS, FACELESS (MILK!)
A great song can stir hearts and maybe even change the course of collective thought. But when it becomes tied to a certain kind of happening, an event burned into shared experience, music becomes truly powerful. In hindsight, Barnett’s recitation of Margaret Atwood is not only oddly prescient but also all the more tragic.
Words by Riley Fitzgerald