Snowman, a band from Perth, Australia, have released a new record. It’s full of shouted, punk-like vocals, hard, thumping percussion, and lots of ambient noise. It’s a difficult album to describe, because the band mashes together several different styles, such as Sex Pistols style vocals, industrial noise a la My Bloody Valentine, and the occasional surf punk guitar riff. On the whole, it all sounds very new and excellent. Could these guys be Australia’s best band? They could be indeed. Here’s a video of their song “We Are The Plague.”
Also, while we’re talking about Australian bands, this is far from new, but I really like Silverchair’s song “Straight Lines” from their 2007 album Young Modern. There are several alarm bells going off in my head telling me I should not like this song, but I can’t help it. Very catchy.