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The Goon Sax have something natural, unforced. Formed while still in high school, their debut album drifted from Jonathan Richman to The Go-Betweens via Beat Happening, while never truly replicating those influences. Charting a nexus of ideas that is truly their own, the band’s debut album was a sleeper hit in the global indie pop community, a record passed from friend to friend.

2018’s ‘We’re Not Talking’ found The Goon Sax maturing a little, developing in confidence and ambition. Since then the group have toured far and wide, travelling a long way from their native Brisbane. Heading to the UK, The Goon Sax are ready to unleash a new video for album cut ‘Strange Light’.

Shot by the band’s own Riley Jones the grainy lo-fi quality has a real immediacy to it, and it perfectly suits the music.

Because they’re the greatest teen band in the world, or at least they were when they dropped 2016’s jaw-dropping Up to Anything and 2018’s refined We’re Not Talking, the former a catalogue of awkwardness from a world before incels weaponized it, and the latter an astoundingly arranged follow-up that matures (castanets! Motown strings!) without dulling out. Now in their 20s, Louis Forster, Riley Jones, and James Harrison  all of whom sing and write  probably know more about love than their parents, which is notable because one of Forster’s sang in the Go-Betweens. But that doesn’t stop them from agonizing over it on the horn-flecked “She Knows,” or for that matter their debut single “Sometimes Accidentally” (“I don’t care about much but one of the things I care about is you”).

Harrison has a knack for nauseated anxiety anthems, but the unusually tense “A Few Times Too Many” duels against his own bassline and loses.

Taken from the album, We’re Not Talking (out September 14th on LP, CD and digital) via Wichita Recordings and Chapter Music

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Esther Edquist is Melbourne artist Sweet Whirl. She is also one of the best songwriters you have heard in a very long time. The debut Sweet Whirl album “How Much Works” was released May 29th  on ltd white vinyl, black vinyl and digital. Gorilla Vs. Bear just premiered the album’s lead single and video “Something I Do”, calling it “one of the most beautiful things I’ve heard thus far in 2020…a perfect introduction to the album’s quiet, yearning intensity and understated, poignant brilliance.”

“Something I Do” is a languid lament accompanied by an evocative video directed by James Thomson. Esther says of the song, “To be honest I was inspired to write this song while I was seeing this total a-hole and felt like I had to carry the flame of my desire around with me all the time, lest it die.” How Much Works is Sweet Whirl’s debut album proper, after a handful of releases acclaimed by the likes of Gorilla Vs Bear, The Guardian and Clash Magazine. How Much Works arrives fully formed, a classic ten song album from an artist with both a command of history and a drive for new expression.

The album is a beautifully crafted triumph over bleak moments. It’s the love-addled confessions of a seasoned party girl, romantic yet sardonic, a troubadour who sings of the heart with a knowing sense of the timeless victory of song. Esther dissects experiences with wit and depth, emerging as a powerful, indomitable voice. Musically and lyrically, How Much Works draws on wells as deep as Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Jean-Paul Sartre and Sheryl Crow.

It distills personal, reflexive narratives into something universal and wondrous. Esther produced the album and plays almost everything on it, with guitar and therevox from engineer Casey Hartnett (Sui Zhen, Sleep Decade) and drums from Monty Hartnett (Dreamin Wild, Sleep Decade). Fellow Chapter Music recording artist Gregor contributes backing vocals to Make That Up For Me and Conga Line. Esther has previously served in Melbourne duo Superstar, who released two delay-drenched albums during the mid 10s. She has also been a member of Scott & Charlene’s Wedding.

Love for previous Sweet Whirl releases: “An exquisitely bleary-eyed gem” – Gorilla Vs Bear, “With music this soft on your skin, small acts of rebellion feel big.” – The Guardian “A gentle sense of grace, an unhurried sense of beauty” – Clash

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Chapter Music welcomes Sweet Whirl, aka Melbourne artist Esther Edquist, to their roster with this six song EP ,
Love Songs & Poetry introduces Edquist as a master of smoky self-analysis, casting a sharp eye over blurry situations and dissecting hazy mornings-after with wry resignation. Using her bass guitar as a singularly expressive lead instrument, Esther imbues bleak moments with space, mystery and romance.
The Sweet Whirl band includes drummer James Vin- ciguerra from Total Control, and Liam Barton of Laura Jean and Gregor’s live band, who also recorded the EP.

Esther’s previous band Superstar released two albums of delay-drenched pop on the Bedroom Suck label. She also released a tape of no-fi solo bass and vocal recordings on experimental label Nice Music in 2016.
With Love Songs & Poetry, Sweet Whirl emerges into a world of fully fledged songcraft. The EP’s six songs illuminate questionable life choices, revealing the beauty and glamour lurking within.

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“With music this soft on your skin, small acts of rebellion feel big.” – The Guardian
“Beautifully melancholic and ethereal” – Lost At E Minor
“This might not be music for fucking but it could be music for thinking about making love” – Who the Hell

Beaches

Beaches have an appropriate name, evoking the California coastline where the first psych purveyors congregated. This Australian Melbourne quintet takes their DIY philosophy seriously—everyone plays an instrument, everyone sings, and the various members design their own album artwork and direct their videos. Their third album, Second of Spring, is their most ambitious yet, a double-LP filled with sunny melodies and motorik beats. It swings between brittle post-punk riffing and delightful pop harmonies, occupying that dreamlike state right before sunrise.

Do I need a favourite? I can’t choose one. The entire album is pure class.

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Brisbane nervy pop champs The Goon Sax have just released We Can’t Win, a heart-wrenchingly beautiful new song from their second album We’re Not Talkingwhich comes out September 14th.

As soon as the album comes out, they take off on their biggest international tour yet, taking in UK, Europe and the US from September through November. Taken from the fothcoming album, We’re Not Talking (out Sep 14 on LP, CD and digital) via Wichita Recordings and Chapter Music (Aus/NZ).

We’re also going to be doing another tour. we’ll be doing shows in Europe and America after that. Here’s those dates:

Mon 17 September – Hug & Pint, Glasgow UK
Tue 18 September – Headrow House, Leeds UK
Thu 20 September – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham UK

Band Members
James Harrison, Louis Forster, Riley Jones

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This group of teenagers from Brisbane could be your favorite new band. The Goon Sax frontman Louis Forster sings with a David Byrne-like delivery when he says the line that won me over, to his tenuous lover: “Let’s get nervous in your room again.” That’s the moment I turned up the volume.

As often as songs tackle the subject of love, (the wanting, the yearning, the rejection) what’s often missing is earnestness. The Goon Sax are full of that and a dose of humor as well. “Make Time 4 Love” is a song about defeat. Louis Forster wrote to say it’s also about “learning to live with yourself and accepting that everyone’s impulses seem irrational to someone else.”

Musically the Australian trio of James Harrison, Louis Forster and Riley Jones, takes creative impulse from ’80s, punky dance bands. “It was really inspired by [the bands] ESG and Liquid, Liquid, who we were all listening to a whole lot. And we just wanted to make the song really dancey.” In fact, Louis Forster’s dad was in a band from that time period that did pretty well, The Go-Betweens.

The video for “Make Time 4 Love” is directed by Ryan Daniel Browne and is inspired in part by a 1926 animated German fairytale, The Adventures of Prince Achmed, as well as by the 1968 Hungarian animated short, The Kidnapping of the Sun and the Moon.The video takes place in three worlds,” says Louis Forster. “Wicked, regular, and a third – removed fantasy.” It also draws some of its dark imagery from album art. “The album covers of Tilt and The Drift by Scott Walker were another critical clue for us, and Riley actually bought a copy of Tilt on tour which we listened to and it got us in the right head space.”

Taken from the fothcoming album, We’re Not Talking (out September 14th on LP, CD and digital) via Wichita Recordings and Chapter Music

The Goon Sax are headed to UK/Europe in September/October to celebrate the September 14th release of their second album We’re Not Talking.

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Little Ugly Girls, the legendary Hobart riot grrl band, are set to release their first ever album. First formed in the early nineties, Little Ugly Girls are forgotten heroes of Australian punk, a howling tesla coil of energy that left a mark on the genre without ever releasing a full album. The quartet, made up of vocalist Linda Johnston, her brother Dannie Johnston on guitar, Brent Punshon on drums and bassist Mindy Mapp, played with icons throughout the nineties and 2000s like Fugazi, Bikini Kill and The White Stripes, but have never released anything more than a few cassettes and a CD-R.

Chapter Music are to release Little Ugly Girls, debut album that’s been in the works for over two decades. Built from skeletons first recorded in the nineties, the album was finally completed over the past few years. A dirty, raging piece of punk, Little Ugly Girlsis an exhilarating record of crackling guitar and pummelling drums, all built around Linda’s gruff, caustic wail.

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Lead single “Tractor”, puts Linda at the fore, her unhinged vocal performance moving from outright screams to a bridge teetering on the edge of spoken word performance. “‘Tractor’ is about a world of injustices perpetrated by misogynistic, homophobic, religious hypocritical lying bullies,” Linda says, “

Following on from their acclaimed 2015 debut Down Time (released on Bedroom Suck in Australia, Fire Records in the UK), Her is a shining jewel of an album. Elizabeth Mitchell’s voice is a thing of unearthly beauty, capable of soaring and swooping in shiver-inducing ways. As a songwriter she is equally arresting, addressing desires and dreams with affecting frankness.

In Totally Mild she is joined by guitar magician Zachary Schneider, drummer Ashley Bundang and bassist Lehmann Smith. In the last few years the band have developed a quasi-psychic intensity, surging forward or pulling back in seamless unison. This intensity has been captured in crystalline form by producer and one-time Architecture In Helsinki member James Cecil. Her is polished and spacious, while never losing the feeling of a band in full flight.

After Down Time’s release, Totally Mild toured UK/Europe in 2015, then hit the US in early 2017, playing SXSW and a string of LA/NYC shows. In Australia they have played Meredith Music Festival and shared stages with the likes of Real Estate, Kurt Vile, Best Coast, DIIV and The Chills.

About the new album, Mitchell says “Her is a record of failure and victory, new desire, stale romance, queer domesticity and what comes when the party is over. I was torn between a new domestic life and the impulse to tear it all away with bad choices. I fell in love, but I wrestled for independence. I was always trying to prove that I didn’t need anyone; my wife, my friends, my band. Her is a document of a woman struggling with the idea of potential. We are told that we could be limitless, but we wrestle with unseen personal and structural walls.”

Mood rises and falls expertly throughout the album: Working Like A Crow, originally written for a children’s choir, is simple in its self-sufficiency. From One Another is an eulogy for a toxic relation- ship given the most graceful pop setting. Mitchell’s love for piano balladry is showcased on Lucky Stars, while Today Tonight is kinetic, dynamic guitar pop at its finest.. 

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Across their powerful, delicate, luminous second album Her, Totally Mild move through light and shade with silky finesse.

“A shining talisman for the heartbroken” – Pitchfork
“Engorged, engaged, empowered bedroom sulk music” – The Guardian “Sweet, harmony-rich, pointedly concise jangle-pop” – NPR
“Skewed pop gold” – Noisey
“An ethereal voice…lovely songs and just-so jangly arrangements” – BrooklynVegan

Melbourne scratchy pop favourites The Stevens reveal “Pulling All The Facts Together”, the second single from their simply titled new album Good.

First single Chancer was premiered on NPR last month, and now “Pulling All The Facts Together”, calling it “a song that brims with harmonies and pop smarts. What’s more, Good is now available via the Chapter Music webstore, Bandcamp . The album came out on July 14th on vinyl, CD and digital,

Good picks up where the Stevens’ 2014 debut A History Of Hygiene left off – 18 short songs, alternately frenetic or laconic, packed with twists and hooks that merge lo-fi outsider songcraft with 70s prog wizardry and classic rock swagger.

Melbourne scratchy pop favourites The Stevens reveal Pulling All The Facts Together, the second single from their simply titled new album Good.

First single Chancer was premiered on NPR last month, and now “Pulling All The Facts Together”, calling it “a song that brims with harmonies and pop smarts.” . What’s more, Good is now up for pre-order via the Chapter Music webstore  or Bandcamp . The album came out on July 14th on vinyl, CD and digital, and pre-orders come with instant downloads of both Chancer and Pulling All the Facts Together.

Good picks up where the Stevens’ 2014 debut A History Of Hygiene left off – 18 short songs, alternately frenetic or laconic, packed with twists and hooks that merge lo-fi outsider songcraft with 70s prog wizardry and classic rock swagger.

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The Stevens formed in 2011 around guitarists Alex Macfarlane (Twerps, Tyrannamen) and New Zealand-born Travis MacDonald, and were soon joined by bassist Gus Lord (Twerps, Boomgates, Tyrannamen) and drummer Matt Harkin.