Available October 6, 2017
Formed from the scattered remains of The Lucksmiths, Last Leaves combine songwriter Marty Donald’s lyrical sleight-of-hand with the jangle and racket of his former band mates Louis Richter and Mark Monnone, and drummer Noah Symons of Great Earthquake fame.
Sounding like a lost classic from the Summershine imprint, The Hinterland’ recounts a country convalescence: “From an upstairs window at your parents’ place/You saw the sun set where the highway cuts across the hinterland/Tail-lights fading in the twilight/It was more than you could stand”.
Guitars interweave throughout the verse—Richter’s joyous leads recalling variously Big Country and Stone Roses atop Donald’s staggered rhythm—before bursting anthemically into the harmony-laden chorus.
Exclusive b-side 'Nora Creina' borrows its title from a pin-prick hamlet on South Australia's Limestone Coast and its chorus from a short story by the Canadian writer Alice Munro, its shamble-footed groove giving way memorably to a majestic shoegaze outro.
Produced by Gareth Parton (The Go! Team, Foals, The Breeders), Other Towns Than Ours is due out on October 20 via Lost And Lonesome (Aus) and Matinée Recordings (US).
Last Leaves will launch The Hinterland 7" single with an in-store performance at Polyester Records, Fitzroy on Saturday, October 14 at 4pm. FREE! ALL-AGES!
Time Catches Up with Milk Teddy is the Melbourne band’s fashionably late second album.
Like all the best pop groups, Milk Teddy possess the formula – that innate ability to strike a balance between everything being in its rightful place but then forgetting to close the back door before a large gust blows through and dishevels everything.
‘Sweet Bells Jangled’, the album’s bold, bushy-tailed second single is one such unhinged masterpiece and provides adequate support material when opining that Milk Teddy are one of Melbourne’s most adored yet equally confounding bands.
A glorious clamour-fest of wafting guitar leads and stately synths provide rich undergrowth for Thomas Mendelovits’ unmistakably joyous yowl – a picturesque vision of a post-apocalyptic sonic free-for-all.
Milk Teddy's songs push beyond the slippage of irony and sincerity to find a space where camp, ruminative, astute and sincere fly together.
Having lit spot fires across the Australian indie landscape in 2012 with their debut LP Zingers, Milk Teddy have now coaxed together twelve songs that expand the band's gift for canny hooks and catchy concepts with structural concision.
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Heralding in the imminent arrival of the long-awaited debut album from Melbourne’s Last Leaves, first single ‘The World We Had’ is a gloriously fuzzy slice of guitar pop.
Comprised of ex-Lucksmiths Marty Donald, Louis Richter and Mark Monnone with Noah Symons of Great Earthquake on drums, Last Leaves have put the finishing touches to their album Other Towns Than Ours and launch it out of the blocks with perhaps the tautest, most hook-heavy track of the set.
Produced by Melbourne-based UK producer Gareth Parton (The Go! Team, Big Scary, Foals), Other Towns Than Ours will be released on October 13 via Lost And Lonesome (Aus) and Matinée Recordings (USA).