G’day fans of swirling, overblown guitars and incomprehensible vocals, this one’s for you:
FOREVR – DEMONSTRATION
It’s probably the mind-numbing, gonad-expanding, feet-burning heat in Brisbane that has inspired such a gargantuan wave of shoegaze bands. FOREVR are the latest chips off the melting block up North, and they do good, with epic and bold intentions sweltering underneath a crushing amount of instrumentation . If you’ve ever felt like hearing Bjork in suspended animation, bolstered only by thumbing drum machines and sheer noise, FOREVR are your go to. Fucking serene mate – make sure “Heart of Ice” gets added to your bucket list.
Ultra Material – EP
Ultra Material are shoegaze, and also come from Brisbane, but their goal seems more pop-oriented than FOREVR. Like Day Ravies taking a step back and admiring the reflection of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Ultra Material don’t just embrace melody, they strangle it. They bury their muzzles in it, biting until their sharp harpsichord melodies are oozing pus and blood. Then, they thrust and push and shove and fucking throttle until the music is intoxicating, a suffocating blend of styles. The opener, “Crash”, is an unstoppable punch to the guts, and Ultra Material push on from there, ebbing and flowing with some really stunning pedal-thrashing melodramatic pop.
Maybe – DEMO
One of the blokes from Death Bells shared this on his #personalpage, and the guy has only ever emerged with the good stuff™, so old mate was inclined to take a look. Maybe (the band) don’t disappoint on their first demo, a forlorn, melancholy lo-fi recording of splintering guitars and vocals battling out to see who’s more depressed. It’s desperate, mournful stuff, with a powerful edge, like Kevin Shields applying his impenetrable wall of noise to a band that’s just witnessed a massacre and has been inspired to write poetry about it.