Premiering via Noisey, Sydney's Sunscreen today share their anticipated debut EP 'Just A Drop' – a split from Spunk Records/Dinosaur City Records. To coincide with the release, vocalist/guitarist Sarah Sykes talked Noisey through a track-by-track of the EP, which you can read here.
Spearheaded by Alexander McDonald’s catchy guitar riffs, the band's guitar-pop places Sykes' dreamy vocal melodies over driving post-punk-inspired beats from bassist Jett Amity and drummer Hugo Levingston. Sunscreen posses enormous energy, with frontwoman Sarah Sykes’ offbeat almost melodramatic Debbie Harry-esque vocals instantly captivating, yet their music also incredibly immediate and accessible.
The EP title 'Just a Drop' reflects on Sunscreen's early beginning as a band, alluding to a drop of water from a tap. "Making up our first half an hour set, the five tracks are what allowed us to play live in the first place," says lead singer/guitarist, Sarah Sykes. "They're a stepping stone to a larger body of work that will cascade in the near future."
The five-track debut is unapologetically packed with angst and emotion. Recorded and mixed by Russell Pinning at Damien Gerard Studios in Balmain, Sykes cites artists like PJ Harvey, The Go-Betweens and Cocteau Twins' Elizabeth Fraser as major influences to the band's layered lyrics, dream-pop vocals and mellifluous melodies.
Sunscreen formed in the summer of 2016 when Sarah Sykes invited Alexander McDonald and drummer Hugo Levingston over for a jam. Six months later, the trio played their first show following the release of single 'Now I've got your Heart', and six months ago, following the release of second single 'Voices', bassist Jett Amity joined the group.
Member of Big White, New Lovers, and co-operator of Dinosaur City Records, Cody Munro Moore is no stranger to the Australian music landscape.
Following the release of singles 'No matter How Hard' and 'Just Don't Need It', we're excited to announce the debut release of Munro Moore's debut album, out now on vinyl though Dinosaur City Records.
"...fusing post-punk sensibilities, pop nous and even Chicago house influences throughout its nine tracks, Perfume Nightmare does an admirable job of showcasing Moore's versatile, intelligent songwriting and panache for earworm hooks..." – themusic.com.au
Driven by Cody’s energetic lead vocals, intone backing vocals sing-shouting “la la la la la”, and tenor saxophone which sprawls in crescendo across the track, 'Just Don’t Need It Enough' demonstrates Cody Munro Moore’s ability to carve form out of chaos and method into madness.
Tough, sleek, and reminiscent of chaotic Chicago House, the single is the second from CMM’s debut album, Perfume Nightmare, which is due for release this September via Dinosaur City Records.
‘I started writing ‘Just Don’t Need it Enough’ when I was in Cyprus last year. Tourists lay on beaches, while streets lie abandoned, houses empty. You probably won’t pick up much of this in the song, but it’s all there..’
Control Zine premiered the track here.
Download/stream the track here.
We all need a little help sometimes, and who better to give you that courage than DCR’s Cody Munro Moore with the first single from his debut album (due September 2017), titled 'No Matter How Hard'. A certified motivational track, CMM’s frank cues to ‘keep on keeping on’ will have you dancing with aplomb.
Download/stream the track here.
Dinosaur City Records are proud to announce the release of No Local's debut album 'Never Really Feels like I'm Going to be Around for Long'. We caught up with Snowy on Google Hangouts prior to the launch.
Download/stream the album here.
JC - Hey Snowy!!! How are you?
Snowy - Stressed out, I think. Maybe I drank too much coffee...
Snowy - Forget that, I'm good!
JC - Ah no! Long black? (I'm just guessing here).
Snowy - Coles Express Cappuccino. Good guess, though.
JC - On a scale of one to 7/11 coffee, how bad was it?
Snowy - Well, it's 20c cheaper than 7/11.
JC - Oh, that is cheap. What've you been up to today?
Snowy - I drove about 40 minutes out to Box Hill and back to buy a scanner I had found on Gumtree. I want to start drawing more and be able to digitise my drawings. It was advertised for $15 but because the guy at Coles Express refused to give me the change that I wanted I ended up having to give the scanner-guy a $20 note. I don't even know if the scanner works yet...
JC - What've you been drawing? I hope the scanner works! That sounds like quite an ordeal.
Snowy - I've just been drawing patterns etc. I like drawing small repeated images, making a larger pattern out of them, like the 'bedspread' on the cover of the No Local album.
JC - Oh right. I really like the flower design on the front of your cover. I didn't know you drew it! What inspired the NRFLIGBAFL album artwork? Also, what did you create the white figure from? (I am asking as I have been curious as to how you made it since I first saw the cover a few months ago).
Snowy - Thanks! I originally wanted it to be a photo: a top-down photo of a naked, hairless, genital-less, malnourished version of myself spread out on my floral doona covered bed. I'm not sure I'm ready for that sort of commitment to my art... Not just yet. Album #2?
I’m not sure where the original inspiration came from... I suppose I have a habit of holding onto what would otherwise be bad, fleeting ideas until I become fixated on them. (The white dude is a few layers of black watercolour that I inverted the colours of and outlined in photoshop).
JC - That's quite an interesting idea. Maybe album #2!!! Is there a plan for album #2 in the near future? How long were you working on NRFLIGBAFL for? (By the way, I love the title/have always been drawn to that lyric in 'Thinking the Wrong Things').
Snowy - I started NRFLIGBAFL nearly 2 years ago, and finished it off about this time last year. It all stemmed from the line the album title was taken from, actually, before I had any music at all. The lyrics came almost entirely from a few months in 2015 when I was playing and touring with a band I hated and eventually left. I was writing these volumes of diaries, usually drunk, where I was documenting the bad times, making predictions of the future and trying to develop psychic abilities. I found them again at my Dad's house about a year later and burnt them.
The music started with just drums. My bandmate and oldest friend, Zac played about an hour of drums that got chopped up and re-arranged, which the rest of the album was recorded over.
Album #2's drums have been recorded now too! I have the album title... It might take a little longer to get the ball rolling any more on my end. (I’m probably too content with life at the moment).
JC - Woah, that's quite the story. How did you burn the diaries?
Snowy - In one of those old-style school bins that was at my house to be used as a fire bucket.
JC - Woah. I heard you wrote 'Not Looking for Love' during an inpatient stay medical trial?
Snowy - Yeah I made all the music for that one, along with a few others, when I was making big dollars doing medical trials. The hospital is a weird environment to be stuck in for 14 days and nights without leaving but is strangely conducive to making music I've found. It can be a productive situation to be in, having no other option but to make the most of your time, often stuck in bed, the only interruptions being getting my blood taken or having my vitals read. Sometimes a few days would pass and I’d realise I’d been intensely focussed on a song or two which would be great! Other times days and days could pass by just as easily where I’d just been in bed refreshing Facebook all day. Sounds just like normal life outside, I guess.
Download/stream the track here.
No Local is the backhand moniker of an individual called Liam 'Snowy' Halliwell, whose musical prowess has seen him write multiple albums with The Ocean Party, touring relentlessly across the big cities and small towns of America, Europe and Australia.
Beginning life as a demo-without-a-home, 'Not Looking For Love' was recorded at the Alfred Hospital during an inpatient stay for a medical trial that Snowy was taking part of. Zachary Denton’s drums and Lauren Huynh’s backing vocals gave the track its final touches. The single has become a staple track in No Local's live set and is the first taste of their forthcoming album, which comes out through Dinosaur City Records next week.
View the single's video clip, premiered by French music blog, Pop is on Fire! here.
Last Friday saw the celebration of New Lovers' debut album, Performance, with a launch party supported by Sadventure and The Southend Rainbows at Newtown's Waywards.
'Performance' is an album of balladry that weaves a fabric darker and deeper into the emotional verbatim than many others will ever go.
Lyricist and frontman Nicholas Elias, has spent the last 13 years working as an Architect while teaching at Sydney University. He has designed buildings of temperament and longevity for the generations of this city. However at the age of 36, just like the edifice he draws, Nicholas is giving us an artwork of endurance, through poetic defiance he convinces us that it is truly a dangerous act to commit.
Today the album is available on all digital streaming services, and as a limited edition cassette.
Download/stream the track here. Order limited edition cassette here.
Dinosaur City Records are ecstatic to announce the release of New Lovers' newest single 'Impunity' ahead of their debut album titled 'Performance'.
"Impunity was actually an abandoned screen play I was writing. It's based on a film noir Raymond Chandler type cast of characters and settings with the central figure being a femme fatale. I also borrowed Dylan's technique in Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts of removing verses and lines to create a more abstract setting and cast of characters, where resolution is only found in the instrumentation and delivery and not the lyrics."
– Nicholas Elias, New Lovers
"It's like you took a snap of the unseen meeting point of post punk and new wave, blew it up and wallpapered a loft with it. Cop that delicious bass and razor guitar side by side."
– Dave Ruby Howes, Triple J
Sunscreen started when Sarah Sykes invited Alexander McDonald and Hugo Levingston over for a jam. She was too scared to show her songs (or idea for a band name) to anyone else. Through the Summer of 2016, the trio wrote their first songs in Sarah’s sweaty Newtown garage. Fast forward to 2017, the band (with the addition of new bass player, Jett Thompson) has come off the back of supporting some of Australia’s best new acts such as Rolling Blackouts C.F, Shining Bird, and Totally Mild.
Spearheaded by Alex’s instantly catchy guitar riffs Sunscreen's guitar-pop places dreamy Cocteau Twins-esque vocal melodies over driving post-punk-inspired beats. Their emotional guitar pop strikes a chord with fans of Mazzy Star, and fast-moving, '90s-inspired rock.
This week sees the band's release their second single, Voices, due out on May 1 through Dinosaur City Records.
“Voices began last year as a jam between Hugo and Alex in my old garage. They started playing this insane, driving rhythm, and I began to sing over the top "it's my head, it's just in mine", lyrics that would eventually become the chorus. The theme of the song is anxiety. The lyrics are semi-triumphant, acknowledging that things in reality aren't as bad as they seem. But they're also self-deprecating; about kicking yourself when you realise it's your own mind that's causing the problem.” - Sarah Sykes, lead vocalist - Sunscreen
Download/stream the track here.
Download/stream the album here.
Jordan - I had the shower on when you called, so I was about to get in and get out of here. I'm married to you guys for the next seven to eight minutes now.
JC - What are you going to do when the next eight minutes are over?
Jordan - I'm going to get painted.
JC - Painted? What for?
Jordan - I don't know the whole creative direction, but a friend in town has invited me over.
JC - At midnight?
Jordan - Yeah, I imagine I'll have to stop and get a bottle of wine, or two bottles.
JC - Where are you now?
Jordan - I'm in LA right now.
JC - What are you doing in LA?
Jordan - I'm rehearsing with a band for SXSW.
JC - Is this band Cotillion?
Jordan - Yeah it's all the guys. Kevin, Brett, and Christian. Adrian's missing in action. He's not allowed to talk to us. There were rules his girlfriend gave him - never talk to Jordan or Kevin again... I have a Cotillion cast in LA and in New York. Different guys again for each. I’ve got another band in Australia too, I’m pretty sure.
JC - Who are your Aussie band mates?
Jordan - Big White, I think. They played as my band in New York. We rehearsed for a week beforehand, I think. Jack was on drums, Cody was on bass and Nick was on guitar.
JC - Cool! I actually wasn't aware that's how you knew them! Cotillion are off to SXSW. Tell me more about that...
Jordan - There's a Modern Sky showcase this year that I curated with Chastity Belt (your pals), The Mystery Lights, The Murlocs, Calvin Love, myself and Bryan Bell from Weezer who’s just started a new band. Later, I’ll be touring the West Coast with Bryan Bell. The tour finishes in Seattle and then I’m going to South East Asia. I’ll be pretty close to you guys from there.
JC - Then you’re coming here to Australia?
Jordan - Yeah, that’s gotta be be worked out pretty quickly but it’s the plan. The Japan tour finishes on May 11, so by the middle of May, I should be in Australia.
Editors note: Unfortunately, Cotillon couldn't make it to Australia. Keep your ears peeled, a tour will be booked soon.
JC - What did you do last night?
PH - Didn't sleep.
JC - Yeah, why was that?
PH - I can't do this. I really can't do this. This is hard. Life's hard.
JC - How much sleep have you had in last couple of days?
PH - None. None at all.
JC - Do you think the lack of sleep helps to develop your creative vision?
PH - Uh, I hope so.
JC - What's your vision like right now?
PH - Very blurry. I'm seeing four of you right now.
Five of you.
JC - You've sent an email to the Cyprus Community Club regarding launching your EP there. Have they agreed to take you yet?
PH - No.
JC - What will you do if they don't?
PH - I'll be very upset. I'll probably cry a little.
JC - What's your next choice?
PH - The Greek Orthodox Church in Belmore. Or Corinthians, yeah. No.
JC - What was your first CD you bought?
PH - It was Alien Ant Farm’s 'Smooth Criminal'.
JC - Was it a remix?
PH - ...
JC - So, you had your first DJ set last night. What were some of the requests?
PH - Marilyn Manson at 60 BPM.
JC - Did they get their request?
PH - Hell no. I'm a bit of a brick wall, aren't I?
JC - How much did you spend on this EP?
PH - Six bucks.
JC - What's kept you going?
PH - My mother. Oh wait, that could come across too earnest. Gross. Yuck.
JC - What made you decide to release on tape? Do you remember the first tape you bought?
PH - I like tapes. The first tape I bought was from a San Fran band called Errors. They have no real presence online, I don't think. Maybe they're dead.
JC - How many times have you been to the states?
PS - Twice! In 2013 and 2015. Did 20 states.
JC - You brought some chocolate for us…
PH - Yeah, I want you to all grow up big and strong. It’s imported from Greece. Good shit!
JC - What colour is your lighter?
PH - It’s Pink. Pantone 196.
JC - Who's face is that... The pin on your lapel?
PH - It's El Greco. He was a painter. Like Hitler, but like, different paintings. He was chill for a bit.
JC - What's your wallpaper on your phone?
PH - My wallpaper is a Gaetano painting of Orpheus and Eurydice.
JC - What's your most recent note?
PH - That’s personal. [Stops to check] Oh, it’s lame. It’s the track list.
JC - How many pairs of red socks do you own?
PH - 23.
JC - Is that how old you are?
PH - 22. I'm ready. I’m ready for the next birthday. Going in strong. Hectic.
We're excited to announce the digital release of Sydney outfit, Sunscreen's first single 'Now I've Got Your Heart'.