New Noise: Twerps, Roller One, Big Scary, Caterpillar Hood
Relationship repair, deep folk, remixes and weirdos all feature in this week's Soundcloud roundup of new music.
– It’s not often that a band has to live up to the greatness of a B-side, but Twerps set the bar for their upcoming 7” high with ‘He’s In Stock’. Now we hear the A-side, a relationship-repair tune that’s surprisingly carefree in vibe despite its repeated proclamation “We’re through.” And yet it closes with no shortage of brusqueness, either. The two songs will join another B-side, ‘Recall’, on the single, out through Chapter Music/Underwater Peoples next Monday (Sept. 17) digitally and Oct. 23 on vinyl.
– Ahead of an extensive European tour and following last year’s pairing with Okkervill River at the Melbourne Festival, “deep folk” outfit Roller One offer the double-A-side single ‘My Friend, Complication’/‘Someone Like You’ with launches in Sydney and their hometown Melbourne. The sparse, baritone-guided songs arrive between the acoustic duo’s 2010 Motorsports and next year’s in-the-works second album.
Wed, Sept 19 – Toff, Melbourne, VIC
Thurs, Sept 27 – High Tea @ Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
– We singled out Big Scary’s ‘Bad Friends’ for its “wistful, autumnal shyness” and “extraordinary intimacy” in our review of the Melbourne duo’s 2011 debut Vacation. Now, as the album sees international release next week, the song called “stunningly lo-fi” in the press release has been reworked both by Collarbones and by Seekae’s John Hassell in his Vorad Fils guise. Each accentuating the song’s close-quarters heartbreak factor, the remixes are timed with Big Scary’s four-city US jaunt, including New York’s annual CMJ festival. New material from the duo is reportedly coming in the first half of next year.
– When he’s not busy muttering in Cobwebbs or making videos for other bands, Brisbane’s Sam Wightman cultivates “electric drone rhythms” as Caterpillar Hood. Genres bleed together wilfully on ‘Get East Out West’, taken from the free-download album Kingdom of Weirdos. Cobwebbs, meanwhile, have the self-recorded debut LP All Around You due on Lost Race Records later this year.
Caterpillar Hood - Get East Out West by Mess+Noise