New Music

Listen: Lakes – Painted Wreath

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Blood of the Grove is set to be one of the most interesting records in Lakes’ catalog, marking as it does a shift between Lakes as one-man band and Lakes as power trio. Last year’s Spring Torch live cassette captured Sean Bailey’s songwriting in this new incarnation and showed a lot of promise, but ‘Painted Wreath’ – the first taster from Blood of the Grove – is the first proper evidence of what the LP itself will sound like – and it’s very promising. The cover art above it amazing too.

Blood of the Grove will release July 1 through No Patience in Australia and North America, and AVANT! in Europe.

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New Music

Listen: Rule of Thirds – Mouthful

ruleofthirdsHere’s the first new Rule of Thirds song we’ve heard since their ultra-limited cassette demo last year on Major Crimes. The Adelaide group have a new 7 inch releasing soon through No Patience and Video Disease Records, and ‘Mouthful’ will feature on it. For anyone unfamiliar with Rule of Thirds, they’re an unashamedly “goth” punk band that both looks and sounds the part, though in the former regard they follow more of a Siouxsie post-punk kinda lineage, rather than say, a Projekt lineage. Which is bloody lucky, let’s be honest.

Anyway, a good contemporary parallel would very clearly be Naked on the Vague, but Rule of Thirds sound less weird and more suburban – kinda rooted in a spotlit cul-de-sac decrepitude. Whatever the case, the vocalist here betrays none of the deadpan bluntness of NoTV – it’s more harried and violent, more likely to spit at passing toddlers. Some of the guitar work is reminiscent of Jimi Kritzler’s work with White Hex too. It’s safe to say that if you like either NoTV or White Hex, you’ll dig this. An LP would be welcome.

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