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  1. Credit: High Voltage Photography

    Words: Linn Branson 

    The Sydney-via-Wollongong-based DROVES made their debut last year with single release 'Time'. After following this with an EP, 'Bloodline', the group now drop the divine 'Retribution'.

    Recorded with Cody Munro Moore's portable studio under a tram station, the song is riven with reverb-soaked guitars, urgent percussion, pulsing drums, and analogue synths, and Phil Spiteri’s baritone vocals mixed with layered chanting that embrace a darkness more akin to post-punk. 'Retribution' is a sterling example of how Australia is leading the way in the emergence of new-styled sounds.

    "'Retribution' is the first instalment of many songs to come that challenge the established concept of society through an ironic blend of pop-hooks and dark imagery," says frontman Spiteri. "The song was inspired by the complete free rein that the rich are given to dig up and spit out the planet."

    You can catch DROVES live on October 26 at Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Sydney, and on November 3 at The Old Bar in Melbourne.

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  2. Words: Sam Geary 

    Ahead of their live outing kick-off, North London outfit KAWALA unveil their latest single, 'Heavy In The Morning'.

    The stripped-back track, highlighted by a subtle pulsing beat, lightly delivered harmonies, and minimal guitar, takes its subject matter from mental health issues.

    “We wrote ‘Heavy in the Morning’ about when you’re dealing with your mental health, the struggle to achieve something as basic as getting out of bed," say the band, as lines like "Something's gone bad here / See how the clouds can blind / Casting a shadow", drive home that feeling.

    Listen below.

    Live dates

    11 Sound Basement, Liverpool *SOLD OUT*
    13 Komedia, Brighton *SOLD OUT*
    14 The Exchange, Bristol *SOLD OUT*
    16 Joiners, Southampton
    17 Islington Assembly Hall, London *SOLD OUT*
    19 The Academy Green Room, Dublin *SOLD OUT*
    20 Oh Yeah Music Society, Belfast
    22 Bodega, Nottingham *SOLD OUT*
    23 The Portland Arms, Cambridge
    24 Waterfront, Norwich

  3. Words: Sam Geary 

    Bridlington duo Seafret, Jack Sedman and Harry Draper, have shared their new video for single 'Fall', produced by Ross Hamilton at Rocket Science Recording Studios, Glasgow, and out today.

    The track is accompanied by Stuart Alexander's dramatically powerful visual treatment.

    "After working with director Stuart Alexander on the previous to videos it only felt right to team up with him again," they say. "Creating videos for the music really seems to give life to a track and Stuart always delivers above and beyond what we have in mind. The video itself is based in WW1 where a soldier is on the battlefield, fighting for his life trying to get home.

    "The track was written about not giving up when things aren’t going to plan and we feel this powerful footage is a true example of that. Everyone involved in the making of this video worked their socks off to make this happen and we hope people really enjoy and connect with it in their own way."

    Watch now.

  4. Words: Sam Geary 

    With their first new material this year, and a hint of a full-length next, Milk Teeth drop new single, 'Given Up'.

    Described as "a taste of things to come", the song says vocalist Becky Blomfield "started as a more alt/folk acoustic song with a swung rhythm. "I put my head together with Em [Foster, guitarist] and we created something faster, with a lead line that is an earworm.

    "It’s simplistic in its format intentionally to highlight the lyrics and mood conveyed. I wrote this at a time where both interpersonal relationships within Milk Teeth and my romantic relationship (that had ended around that time) had me feeling frustrated and angry.

    "I was a victim of gaslighting and felt like I was going crazy for almost two years which broke me down to nothing. This song represents the process of working through that time and feeling empowered and realising it wasn’t my fault."

    Listen in now.

    Live dates

    07 ST ALBANS The Horn
    08 SWANSEA Sin City
    09 LINCOLN 2Q Festival
    10 BRISTOL The Exchange
    11 PLYMOUTH The Junction
    12 BOURNEMOUTH The Anvil
    13 GUILDFORD Boileroom
    14 BIRMINGHAM The Flapper
    16 SHEFFIELD Record Junkee
    17 LIVERPOOL Sound Basement

  5. With their second album 'Two Hands' out today (October 11), New York rockers Big Thief pitched up last night with a bit of promo as the musical guests on US TV, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

    Watch the quartet perform their single 'Not' above.