There’s a song on Step-Panther’s new Dreamcrusher EP called ‘Bad Mood’. It’s a quiet song, built on a lovely little guitar riff; single notes plucked in an almost non-committal way, noodling around on top of a slow bass line and a muted high-hat. Our protagonist is bummed out by everyone around him being stressed and sad, “Trying to make me do things that I don’t really like”. Everyone is disappointed with him and he doesn’t understand why they care so much. But he doesn’t want to talk to anyone about it, announcing instead, “I don’t wanna be here / Just wanna get some nachos.”
When your independent, lo-fi debut album lands you a place on NME’s list of 100 Best New Bands of 2012, and leads to support slots for Yuck, Kurt Vile and The Greenhornes, it’s safe to say you’re on a winner.
With the Select Music agency comprising such an impressive roster of artists, it seems only right for them to celebrate the Yuletide with a showcase-style party featuring live and DJ sets from some of their finest – including The Preatures, Step-Panther, Andy Bull, the ARIA-winning (!) DZ Deathrays, Elizabeth Rose and loads more. One band not to miss is Tokyo Denmark Sweden, who’ll be bringing their hypnotic and playful dance tunes to The World Bar floor as well.
Posted: December 3rd, 2012 under Brag 491, Music, Music - Interview.
Tags: Andy Bull, Don’t Stay Home Alone!, DZ Deathrays, Elizabeth Rose, Hungry Kids of Hungary, Jake Stone (Bluejuice), Krissi Weiss, MUM, Nantes, RÜFÜS, Select Music, Select Music’s Christmas Party, Step-Panther, The Preatures, The Walking Who, The World Bar, Tokyo Denmark Sweden, Toucan
Gold Coast’s slacker punk/rock kids, Bleeding Knees Club, stumbled bleary-eyed onto the scene with their debut album, Nothing To Do. Released in March this year, the duo are letting loose a final single from the album, ‘Let It Go’ – replete with yet another tour – before they go quiet to focus on their next move. Singer Alex Wall is a bundle of contradictions when we speak: personifying the band’s output with a carefree, cheeky energy, he shrugs off the importance of single releases, and jokes about record label strategies. But it soon becomes clear that he’s a lot more motivated, focused and switched on than many might think, revealing plans for the band which involve more long-term thinking than he likes to let on.
Step-Panther Keep Moving By Greg Clennar Pop-punk, garage rock, slacker rock – call it what you will, Sydney-based trio Step-Panther are twenty-something-year-old guys who play fast-paced, blithe rock music to have a good time. Rather than challenging genre constructs in order to distinguish themselves from Sydney’s plethora of indie rock bands, they seem to revel [...]