Australia’s most genius avant-tards The UV Race drag melodious pop songs through a devolved, malodorous glam-punk aesthetic, exploring the possibilities of the first wave of punk, and gutter-glitter psych stomp, like if Vom tried to write their own Forever Changes; like if the Electric Eels backed up Bolan or if The Fall put out a record on Crass Records. There are tuneful lamentations of heartbreak and loss alongside very debased, toilet-humor punk licks; Lovecraftian psych-cult morbidity at one moment and rousing anti-anthems against self denial the next.

It has been an especially productive couple of years for a band that have a relentless recording and touring schedule— in the last twelve months they have launched their first feature-length film, Autonomy and Deliberation, and the soundtrack LP recorded for the film comes alongside their third full length LP titled Racism and a succession of singles. All this, plus the output of the numerous other Melbourne bands in which members of UV Race play—Asps, Dick Diver, East Link, Guy & Marcus Blackman Experimentation, Lower Plenty, School of Radiant Living, Soma Coma, Straightjacket Nation and Total Control—reveal a relentless commitment for the sake of the song.

Shannon & the Clams

The sound of a prom band in 1964 getting dosed with acid and having the sweetest lovelorn freak out. Imagine a brawling Etta James, backed up by the 13th Floor Elevators singing Shangri La's tunes. Shannon has a voice that can go from a sweet girl group croon to a bluesy ballsy growl before you realize you're headed for the floor. Do not miss this band live. Seriously. For fans of Thee Oh Sees, Nobunny, King Khan and BBQ Show, Ginny Arnell.

Life Stinks

"Life Stinks, for all their damage, boneheadisms, and hopelessness, write ridiculously great songs. From angry slow-burns to aggressive haters to VU-worship workouts, the band can back up whatever fucking schtick you wanna lay on them because they're great. ... Best record of 2013 by a huge margin." --Maximum Rock n Roll



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