Our next Xero Distro event is a stall at the Bunbury Zine Market 2015, on the 7th of November, 1:00PM – 4:00PM at the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries.
We’ll have prints from myself and Jessica Grace, and a full stock of our zines. Come and have a parmy at the pub with us after.
– R. x
The Adelaide two-piece The Hard Aches bring Pheromones into the punk world with a stripped-back, barely-driven guitar and kit and a penchant for pouring their hearts into their lyrics.
If you’ve been craving gymnastic vocals scolding over drink driving; emotional hardcore based around moving out of a friend’s house because things are weird now you’ve had sex and you’re sure they’ll be happier even though your other housemates are terrible people; or just a particular young, white, urban Australian perspective, it’s a gem in a narrative begging for expansion but representing a specific and closed chapter.
★★★½ 3.5/5 Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: The Hard Aches, Pheromones, 17.06.15
Perth indie-popsters Our Man In Berlin’s second EP, Spirit Down marks a crystallisation of the group’s ethereal, reverb-driven music, demonstrating an evolution from the more stylistically scattered Is It Right? EP.
Opener Bones is a powerful introduction boasting ‘90s alt-rock guitars in a mesh of synth and falsetto, and the rest of the release largely follows suit with empty electronics and airy vocals. A solid record but with the exploratory air of a stepping stone to other directions, Our Man In Berlin are worth keeping an eye on.
★★½ 2.5 / 5 Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Our Man In Berlin, Spirit Down, 17.06.15
The sheepish collection of young men herded onto the stage to accept both the (metaphorical) crown and the (literal) sweaty handshake of the exuberant Magnus D Magnus could have been any band tonight, but after their glitzed-out performance garage punks Cool Band were all the more embarrassed to win. Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: The Big Splash Heat #2