(Limited to 100 copies, 7"s will ship October 15, 2018)
Since settling on a solid line-up of Joe Foley (Aleks & the Ramps), Louis Richter (Mid-State Orange) and Gus Franklin (Architecture in Helsinki, The Smallgoods) the once solo Monnone Alone is now anything but. Though still deeply laden with Monnone’s signature indiepop warble, the band step off in a new direction on ‘Cut Knuckle’, leading the charge on their forthcoming second album Summer of the Mosquito (planned for release in early-2019).
‘Cut Knuckle’ is the first single to come from the outfit since 2013’s well-received debut LP Together at Last. Weighing in at just over two-and-a-half minutes, the snappy indiepop banger is a loaded amalgamation of the group’s broad stylistic influences from Hoodoo Gurus to The Kinks; Paul Kelly & the Coloured Girls to Television Personalities, yet holds Monnone’s winsome turn-of-phrase and bruised-but-beautiful melody central to its unique core.
Recorded and mixed by UK expat Gareth Parton (The Go! Team, The Breeders, Big Scary, Foals) with assistance from Monnone Alone drummer Gus Franklin and mastered by Joe Carra at Crystal Mastering, ‘Cut Knuckle’ sets a towering benchmark for what’s to come on their anticipated follow-up LP.
Reeking of after-hours city laneways and seedy dive bars at the peak of a sweltering summer, the new Melbourne Cans album—their second—Heat of the Night is crammed with jilted imagery of hope and despair, of lust and desperation, of impossible promises and busted dreams.
The emotive melodrama here is suggestive of the album's primary inspiration as a whole: film noir and neo-noir. Angel Heart, Body Double, Assault on Precinct 13, Body Heat, Chinatown.... Steeped in the stink and sweat of the city, Heat of the Night pays homage to these grimy, shadowy thrillers.
Ian Wallace’s ghoulish croon adds an air of creepy desperation to second single ‘Heart Turned Blue’ whose tremolo-heavy 50s balladry eventually gives way to a rush of low-down twang and swirling organ. Wallace tells the sad tale of Peggy Sue—in this case the embodiment of 50s rock ‘n’ roll—who has been found dead in her bed in a film-noir, Old Hollywood-type setting.
Heat of the Night was recorded and mixed by Morgan McWaters and is out on July 13, 2018.
Melbourne's maestro of the loop pedal Great Earthquake returns with his third album Thinking & Making, out on cassette and digital on April 27.
Like the the album’s first single ‘Learn to Love the Ordinary’, Thinking & Making is unhurried and meditative and further investigates Great Earthquake's (AKA Noah Symons, drummer with Last Leaves) recent dalliances with lyric repetition as an added texture in his layered, largely instrumental post-rock.
The raw, unfettered approach to composition and recording lends a dreamy ebb and flow to the album; Weirdo Wasteland’s Doug Wallen recently described Great Earthquake as “a mercurial one-man-band, wrangling miniature whirlwinds of itchy indie pop before letting them dissolve back into the ether”.
Thinking & Making is a collection of tactile, immediate and unpolished odes to keeping it real. As Noah sings – “Learn to love the ordinary, engage the senses, enjoy the feeling”.
Great Earthquake perform a free all-ages instore at Polyester Records, Fitzroy on Friday, April 27, 6pm.