Beef Jerk – Tragic

Beef Jerk. Another Australian find. From Sydney. Marreckville? A place I got to spend some time only 16 months ago. Nothing like this leapt out and smacked me around the chops. More’s the pity. This is janglecore Australian style. It’s kinda beautiful. It’s kinda samey. It doesn’t matter. I like it. That’s what matters to me. You might like it too. That might matter.

I know very little about the band. But that doesn’t stop me turning the volume dial way up and basking in this beautiful noise.

I found this band via the Bandcamp music feed. Oh how I wish I was back in Sydney downing a schooner of beer.


Teaser Pony – Teaser Pony EP

Teaser Pony from Melbourne in Australia are the latest in a line of fine Aussie pop that is showing bands how it should be done. This EP is released on Cinnamon Records (a new label to me). The four songs on the EP mash up 70s powerpop and 80s indiepop with some surprisingly pleasing results.I can also hear echoes of Hefner albeit with an Aussie twang. Maybe they share similar influences to Darren Hayman and co.

Lead song “Champion Fullback” is a great big sounding song. Made for the radio. Built to bring smiles. And it seems to be about a Rugby player. Talking of the 70s “I.D.K.E.W.Y.S.F.N” even starts with a¬†little saxophone flourish which does nothing to dispell that this band are big into that mid 70s sound. Final song “Headed For The Door” is perhaps the most indiepop sounding moment on the EP as the band pick up the tempo (and the jangle) a little. You can order the limited 7″ from the bandcamp page. I reckon fans of Tigercats or Hefner might well dig this one.

The Cathys – Hysterical Monument

The Cathys are new on me. They’re from Sydney in Australia. They’ve just released their four track debut 7″ single. You can buy it over on Bandcamp. They remind a little of The Loft. In as much as it sounds like what indiepop sounded like in 1985 and the vocals are just off kilter. This is basement pop. This is the sound of jangly guitars and for once, it doesn’t sound stale. It doesn’t sound like a 4th generation rip of something from the 60s or mid 80s. Sometimes the kids have still got it.

This 7″ is a keeper. Go support a new band and buy the download or the 7″ if you can stomach the postage from down under.