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Melbourne singer-songwriter Angie McMahon is an absolute gift, and now she has given us this beautiful present – a song named after our ultimate favourite food. It’s another honest rock tune that continues her streak of crafting beautifully, relatable and heart-achingly good songs. An ode to feeling worn down and burned out, we can all relate to the “I’ve been tired” mantra she repeats throughout. Once you give this one a couple of listens, let’s also chat about the beauty of the big rock out section that has cemented ‘Pasta’ as a live favourite and fitting set closer.
The style in which Stella Donnelly deals with her subject matter – direct and to the point, but with a witty, sharp sense of humour – is what has made her such an endearing live favourite. Now we finally get a full album, and across 13 stunning tracks she doesn’t lose a single inch of that spirit. The title track Beware of the Dogs is our stand out. Empathy and giving a voice to those who may not be able to shout as loud underlies every tale throughout the record, and on the biting title track she turns uses her voice to call out the leaders of this country (“There’s no Parliament worthy of this country’s side / All these pious fucks taking from the ’99). Donnelly has cemented herself as one of the most talented and vital voices in Australian music – and with her debut album in hand, she’ll be taking the voice around the world. Start listening, get thinking.
Like your tunes a little more fierce? Meet Hexdebt, and the absolute fury they’ve packed into their latest single’s two minutes. On the live stage is where they rule, and they’ve managed to perfectly capture that same explosive onstage energy and send it through your speakers. From the venom-filled vocals to the rhythm sections unrelenting onslaught, this is a band that demand attention. Loops is another taste of their much-anticipated debut album Rule of Four, and if their previous singles are anything to go by we’ll have another album of the year contender on our hands.
We didn’t think it was possible for Sam Fender to blow us away anymore, but here he is dropping his best single yet. Wrapping impassioned political and social commentary in catchy, earworm hooks has become his signature flavour and Hypersonic Missiles is no different. While focussing on the injustice and chaos of the world, there is also this sense of joy and hope that underlies the melody and lyrics – no matter the chaos, there is still love. Another vital, important voice rising through the musical ranks.
This is a little different than what we’ve come to expect from Tropical Fuck Storm, but we love it all the same. Edging further into avant-garde rock territory, and turning down aggression, they’ve created something that is as grooving as it is mesmerising. If you aren’t acquainted with Australia’s best supergroup yet – featuring Gareth Liddiard (The Drones), Fiona Kitschin (The Drones), Lauren Hammel (High Tension) and Erica Dunn (Harmony, Palm Springs) – sink your teeth into this one, and then go back and listen to their killer debut album A Laughing Death in Meatspace. You’re welcome.
On their latest single Mt Mura, Brisbane rockers The Jensens are serving up a healthy dose of huge riffs and catchy melodies, and we are not complaining about it at all. Blending a funk groove with an alt-rock grit (and those vocals, DAMN those vocals), this tune is certain to get stuck in your head. The Jensens sure pack a lot of swagger and spunk into this three-and-a-half minute package.
In their first new music since the release of their 2017 EP Mind Games, Newcastle’s Eat Your Heart Out have delivered a gritty pop-punk anthem in Carousel. Huge singalong hooks and riffs galore, EYHO bring together everything we love about a good pop-punk jam (AKA everything that reminds us of our teenage years). As a bonus, this song was absolutely huge at this weekend’s Download Festival and we’re pretty certain it won’t be the last time we catch these up and comers blowing up festival stages.
Eliott is the future of Australian pop, we’ve been saying it since Over & Over first came to our attention, but it is the sheer confidence and power that fills latest single Shaking My Hips that truly cements her future. It’s a little more upbeat than some of her previous tracks, but still maintains all of the emotional pull. Fellow Melbourne muso Jack Grace is in charge of production, and it’s bloody beautiful. Shaking My Hips is a brilliant listen, and might just be the bridge to some new territory for Eliott. Watch this space.
Hi Body Type, it’s just your biggest fans calling, hope you’re well! If you’re already acquainted with Body Type, you’ll know they 110 per cent rule, but if this is your first introduction then you’re in luck because Stingray is the best Body Type has ever sounded. It’s a dreamy, indie rock dream – all woozy, hazy goodness, built on driving guitars and some absolutely beaut harmonies. It sounds a little bit retro while also remaining completely fresh, and with some international tours currently underway it’s looking like 2019 is going to be a huge year for Body Type.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of catching Brisbane’s Waax live yet, let us make you a promise – Maria De Vita is one of the most captivating front people in the game. On their latest single FU they’re serving up another dose of their signature goodness. It’s a raw, powerful anthem, and if you can’t guess from the title, Waax are a little angry. The chorus here is huge, and will definitely benefit in the live setting. It’s pure venom, so if you need it, crank this one loud.