Video: The Stevens – Thirsty Eye

If there was ever a severely underrated band living in Australia, it would be The Stevens. Although their debut record was a bit all over the place, there is absolutely no doubt that they have written some of the best songs since The Go-Betweens. Their new track “Thirsty Eye” is a prime example, and might just be one of their finest efforts.

It’s immediately catching, like fluff to velcro, attaching itself to the brain like a Facehugger. It has a chorus, and charm, that’ll be implanted in your head for weeks, swimming around your mind, leeching your soul with the kind of jangle pop that could only come from Australia. Also, it reminds us that The Stevens are absolutely, fucking brilliant.

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Playlist: Australian Artists to Watch in 2014 (January Playlist)

Alright, two things.

1. I realise I’ve been pretty shitty about getting out the monthly playlists of songs that you don’t give a fuck about. Frankly, I haven’t been listening to all that much new stuff, just old school Mogwai, The Triffids and this band that Guy from Chapter Music was raving about called The Plants (check ’em they’re rad). So, consider this a January playlist.

2. A bunch of musical related things like the NME have been raving about bands they reckon will explode this year. Honestly, I don’t really give a fuck about Temples or Sam Smith or whatever bullshit Justin Vernon rip-off project is occurring. Now, I wanna talk about some homegrown talent that is sure to lay siege to your brains in this new year.

Before I get stuck in, I’d like to prefix this by saying I didn’t include bands that have had stellar years in 2013. No Palms, or Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys or Bad//Dreems, or anything like that. Definitely no Courtney Barnett after the outrageous (but certainly earned) amounts of praise.  The following bands and artists are ones that came on the verge of hitting big in 2013, but saved up their magic for what is sure to be a stellar following year. Get used to these names-some of them will begin to dominate Triple J, or at least your community radio station, some will begin to invade your hometown with shows, and some will break up, and it’ll be like they never existed. However, all are incredibly, incredibly good, and they’re only at a sapling phase. In 2014, watch these bad boys and girls grow into behemoths of the Australian music scene.

1. Go Violets

2. The Stevens

3. ScotDrakula

4. The Clits

5. Blood Plastic

6. Adults

7. Destiny 3000

9. Multiple Man

10. Circular Keys

11. Tincture

12. GUERRE

13. Cull

14. You Beauty

15. The Creases

16. Driffs

17. Bloods

18. Chicks Who Love Guns

19. The Frowning Clouds

20. Mining Boom

Video(s):Batpiss+Yes, I’m Leaving+Snakadaktal+Baio+Convaire+The Stevens

Prepare your mind for more music videos than a month of MTV. There’s kind of a flow here, from in-ya-face, to indie-darlings to finishing off with some slacker royalty. Also, every clip included in this list are really, really, insanely great, so make sure you waste your bandwidth on every one of them! Enjoy!

Batpiss-Loose Screws

There’s only one way to say this, and that is that Batpiss are fucking loose. They are more insane than a Cypress Hill crowd during ‘Insane In the Brain’. That’s pretty insane. Well, for a band that has a sound alike to a bludgeoning mythical howl, a video clip of similar mind-blowing aptitude should accompany such a thing. That it does, with the clip for ‘Loose Screws’ showing what happens once a guy that you don’t want to fuck with gets fucked with for the last time. Hint: He goes on a stabbing spree. Extra, extra, extra fucking props for the homage to King Parrot’s ‘Shit On the Liver’.

Yes, I’m Leaving-Four Chorder

I’ve raved and I’ve ranted about Yes, I’m Leaving till I’ve been sore in the dick, but here I am again, raving on about Sydney’s best punk band. This time is with good cause, as they’ve just released a clip to go along with probably the best song from their best and most recent record ‘Mission Bulb’. It shows the Yes, I’m Leaving boys in their natural habitat, causing a ruckus in an empty garage/basement/bomb shelter.

You can catch Yes, I’m leaving along with two fucking great bands, Claws & Organs and Royal Chant, supporting a band called  Sounds Like Sunset. They’ll be playing Friday, November 15th at Brighton Up Bar, and you should go, unless you’re going to the Franz Ferdinand show, in which case you’re OK man, you’re OK.

Snakadaktal-Fall Underneath

The latest dreamy single from Snakadaktal’s stellar debut record is ‘Fall Underneath’. The video treatment for this one takes a soft, retro tone, along the lines of the original Miami Vice shenanigans (not the Colin Farrell/Jamie Foxx collab that the world definitely didn’t need). There’s a lot of butt slapping, swimsuit snapping and fearful looks over the shoulder at moustachioed villains, which are things that usually go hand in hand with a porno. But set to the silky tones of ‘Fall Underneath’, you can’t help but just fucking love both the song and the video.

Baio-Mira

Given how much I rag on about how much I think Vampire Weekend are the most mediocre and unnecessarily praised bands in recent music history, I don’t expect all that many VW fans to be flocking to the site. But Baio, the electronica side-project of Vampire Weekend bassist Chris ‘Yep, you guessed it’ Baio is frankly, fucking amazing. Darting lazers, alien seduction samples, and neon synths all make ‘Mira’ goddamn irresistible. The clip takes the simple approach of ‘What if we made facial features really fucking creepy?’, and sure enough there’s enough manipulated eyes and lips in this video to make a fetishist cum many times over. It’s also really cool for those of us who aren’t Charles Manson weird.

Convaire-Talk in Technicolour

The accompanying clip to that song that I posted a while ago that was really good. You know the one? Oh you don’t? Guess that’s a reflection on all the great music I post, amirite? Anyway, ‘Talk in Technicolour’ by Sydney electro-pop group, Convaire, gives addictive chorus’ a new point of reference, but their video is fucking awesome (awesome…awesome…). That’s right, it is so great, it is its own echo. The guys behind the video are the same ones who’ve done shit with Touch Sensitive and Hayden James, so it was basically going to be legendary from the get-go. You tell me-does an amalgamation of David Arquette and David Tenant re-enacting ‘Pretty Woman’ with Julia Roberts second cousin, and ending in a grisly death and self-motivated chase scene sound good?

The Stevens-Challenger

Finally, we find ourselves with one of the most promising Australian acts, The Stevens, and their new music video for ‘Challenger’. This track is so slacker, I feel as though Cheech and Chong would tell these guys to hurry the fuck up, which should really speak lengths about how amazing this song is. As for the video, well let’s just say a bunch of beat-up, muddy cars go around a race track in time with the lyrics, ’round and round!’. Talk about a coincidence!

October Playlist

It’s October. Who gives a fuck? You should, because that means you’ll get to check out a bunch of brand new tunes and a couple oldies that I can’t wrap my head around. Because it’s the month of Lucifer, it seems only natural to focus on the darker side side of things. There’s Hermitude’s ‘The Villan’, new stuff from Mind Spiders and sludgy punk awesomeness from Zig Zags and Boneyards. Oh, and where would society be without a little Pantera? But never fear, there’s still plenty of sweetness (no pun intended, fuck puns) with Cashmere Cat, Casiotone for the Painfull Alone, and Little May, as well as some brand new ones from Wildcat General Strike and Popstrangers. Fuck Yeah!

1. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone-Goodbye Parthenon

2. Mind Spiders-Make Make Make Make

3. TV Colours-Bad Dreams

4. The Stevens-Hindsight

5. Simian Mobile Disco-I Believe

6. Indian Summer-Foreign Formula

7. Cashmere Cat-Mirror Maru

8. Little May-Hide

9. Bus Vipers-Orby

10. Popstrangers-Rats in the Palm Trees

11. HAIM-My Song 5

12. Regurgitator-Fuck You Sweetness

13.Boneyards-Vega Chain

14. Pantera-Cowboys From Hell

15. Zig Zags-Who Can You Trust

16. Hermitude-The Villain

17. Bodhi-Imperfection

18. Panama-Always

19. Wildcat General Strike-Ida

20. Natural Child-The Jungle

New: The Stevens-Hindsight

Chapter Music have had a better year than the cast of FRIENDS after Season 3: they’ve released albums by Dick Diver, Pikelet and The Cannanes. But hands down, hands fucking down, this new song from The Stevens is the best thing to come all year. Don’t think that I’m saying that lightly either-I love Standish/Carlyon’s album just as much as the next darkwave obsessor. But ‘Hindsight’ is more catchy than a baseball made out of candy floss hit by Babe Ruth. This song is something that you need to own. It encapsulates the whole Melbourne dreary-pop sound so fucking well, with the beautiful jangle, the down-and-out vocals/lyrics and the general Charlie Brown post-getting-punched-in-the-nuts vibes. This song will make tears well in your eyes, a smile splatter across your ugly mug, and your face will roll around in its neck socket like a bobblehead figure. ‘Hindsight’ is….beyond words good.

‘Hindsight’ is the first single from The Stevens’ debut record ‘A History of Hygiene’, coming out on Chapter Music on November 1st. You need to get that record, but you should also definitely buy their EP that they put out earlier this year. It’s got the Mikey Young seal, and it sounds stunners.