I’ve never spent much time on Australian music on this blog because I don’t like a great deal of it. I know its not cool to say that but I am not an apologist for my local scene. Brisbane is lucky enough to have the Room 40 label and Lawrence English and Lloyd Barrett and the Break Dance The Dawn label and I really like their work but even Room 40 doesn’t have a massive amount of local product. I suppose I’m looking for (in the words of Lux Interior) “some new kind of kick.”
I stumbled over this duo from Sydney in the past couple of weeks and maybe this is what I’ve been looking for. Naked on the Vague produce a morphine soaked version of No Wave. Think early Lydia Lunch, UT and, dare I say it, a smattering of the Cure. I shit you not, this is the best Australian act I’ve heard in the last year. Like a HTRK and Fabulous Diamonds mash-up. Worth checking out.