Poison City

  • 01. Respite
    02. Dreaming Again
    03. Two Years
    04. Good Guy
    05. Better Mirror
    06. Amalgamation
    07. Old. Self. Doubt
    08. Baby Steps
    09. Enough
    10. Take It Slow
    11. Home


    Not The Past, Can't Be The Future

    [engl] On their second full-length, Bench Press have refined their sound by maintaining some the frantic aggression of their self-titled debut, but have also brought a tighter approach to both melodicism and structure. Almost every song clocks in at under three minutes as a testament to their 'don't bore us, get to the chorus' philosophy. Bench Press project the wirey minimalism of early Talking Heads and Devo through a lens of heavier late-80s contemporary post-punk in a distinct shade of Melbourne garage. What was once easily categorised as post-punk can just as accurately be described as 'really, really loud pop music' and it's really, really good. Recorded & mixed by Paul Maybury (Cable Ties, Loose Tooth, Rocket Science). Mastered by Mikey Young (Total Control/ Eddy Current). FOR FANS OF: Gang Of Four, IDLES, Fugazi
    EAN 0806809671294
  • A1 Era
    A2 Loops
    A3 Gemini
    A4 Fossilise
    A5 Stakes
    B1 Covenant
    B2 Visions
    B3 Flux
    B4 Ekhos
    B5 Exodus


    Rule of Four

    [engl] Rule of Four is the culmination of two years of writing from the Naarm/ Melbourne-based post-punk band, HEXDEBT. Coming in at just over two minutes, HEXDEBT's latest single 'Loops' showcases their core essence - Agnes Whalan's urgent vocals timing on off-beats of the steady rhythmic section, with Aife Larkin's delicate, melodic guitar work of layering over all. With energy growing in a steady uprise, culminating in a call and response ("Lapse! What you did!"), 'Loops' explores the work we do to break specific habits, and the relapses that often come with it. Across the 10 tracks on Rule of Four, HEXDEBT - Agnes Whalan (vocals/guitar), Aife Larkin (guitar/vocals), Isobel D'Cruz Barnes (bass/vocals), Lucy Fry (drums/vocals) - traverse the trials of life and the hurtful, systemic issues and ideas that the band are faced with every day, side by side with their communities. The evolution and hopeful deconstruction of archaic systems of power ('Era', 'Visions'), the monetisation of personal pleasure and social capital ('Stakes'), autonomy over the self, the painful stifling of oppressed voices ('Covenant', 'Ekhos') and the passing of time ('Fossilise', 'Exodus'). Guided by their rhythmic, forceful, and delicate musicianship, HEXDEBT manage to balance the beautiful with the confronting with the wisdom and poise of a band well beyond their years. They stand unified on their brilliant debut album, storming the battlefield to face each painful point. HEXDEBT have been carving their place through their puncturing live show and 2017 single 'Bitch Rising', named Single of the Week in Beat Magazine and heralded as "a blindsiding run of blistering, Sabbath-like fury." As well as featuring at a string of national festivals including MONA FOMA, Gizzfest (curated by King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard), I OH YOU's Melbourne Music Week party and upcoming slots at Boogie and Brunswick Music Festival, Hexdebt curate their annual HEXFEST event, which sold out both levels of The Gasometer in November. "If that sounds like heavy lifting for a young band's very first album, HEXDEBT's acid-laced material so far proves that they're very much up for the challenge." - Weirdo Wasteland
    EAN 0806809671263
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    Home Life

    [engl] Emerging from the seemingly sleepy suburbs of Adelaide, Horror My Friend's approach to noisey, indie-rock is youthful and idiosyncratic. Tapping into the spirit of 90's college-rock and shoe-gaze the trio (Josh Battersby, Tom Gordon & Sam Kolesnik) break new ground with their raw yet melodic auteurist songwriting, bolstered by frenetic, energetic live performances.? Now these prime purveyors of noise, fuzz and ragged melody are back with album #2! Drawing inspiration from their hectic on-the-road-lives as touring musicians, the trio's second long player examines the push and pull of maintaining relationships, jobs and ultimately normality. "Home Life documents the emotions and feelings that often arose from the conflict of constantly being away from home, yet still trying to live a `normal' life. `Wedding' is a track that exemplifies this perfectly. It's soaked in fuzz, upbeat and noisy, but lyrically is an introspective rumination on the guilt of relationships being stretched to their limits when doing what you love, and when considering which sacrifice to make" explains drummer Sam Kolesnik.
    EAN 0806809018877