Here he comes, to save the (Satur)day: Five Tunes Tim, locked and loaded up with a sack of the best sonic goodies going. Featuring Thelma Plum, Skegss, Neighbourhood Youth, Something Something Explosion, and Bleach!

Thelma Plum, Clumsy Love

When you google “Thelma Plum”, the first thing that comes up is a story about that incident with Sticky Fingers – we all know the one. Now, with her first release since 2014’s Monster EP, it’s time to see the pop prodigy recognised once again as the inspired artist she is, and not a news story.

Clumsy Love is a reflective pop gem, with a minimalist beat that allows the award-winning songwriter’s inspired lyrics to shine. On the new bop, Plum says: “The year just gone has been a really rough one for me, and Clumsy Love is my reflections on that – and I have to say I am far happier with the song than with the memories.”

Plum is heading out on the road in celebration of the release. All tickets available from Oztix.

The Clumsy Love Tour

August 31 – The Foundry, Brisbane

September 1 – Solbar, Maroochydore

September 6 – Mojo’s, Fremantle

September 7 – The River, Margaret River

September 8 – Amplifier, Perth

September 14 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

September 15 – Howler, Melbourne

Bleach, Surge

Mornington Peninsula four-piece Bleach have historically been kind of hard to pigeonhole into a genre, and their newest track Surge is no different. With an opening riff that echoes The Doors, there’s an underlying Stevie Ray Vaughan-esque moodiness fused with the band’s own raw belligerence and punk mindset.

The fellas are playing a special free show at The Retreat Hotel in Brunswick on July 21. If my sources are correct, you don’t want to miss it – especially the on-stage antics of frontman Darcy Nigro.

Something Something Explosion, Motor Mouth feat. Jason Whalley

It might take longer to read this intro than to actually listen to Toowoomba band Something Something Explosion’s 90-second belter, but that’s okay: you can replay it as many times as you want. Featuring Jason ‘Jay’ Whalley of Frenzal Rhomb, the tracks sees the Aussie icon and snarling singer Grace Drummond trade frenzied blows. My only issue is I just wish it went longer (that’s what we call a ‘positive negative’ in the biz, friends).

The punk trio have been touring all over the place supporting the likes of The Bennies, Frenzal Rhomb, Kingswood, Clowns and King Parrot, to name a few. You can catch them as part of Crowbar’s ‘uge birthday celebrations in Brisbane, on August 9, supporting WAAX.

Neighbourhood Youth, Stay Safe

You know when your friends ask “What are you listening to at the moment?” or “Any cool bands you are loving?” Inevitably, my answer is always Neighbourhood Youth. The Melbourne four-piece have a debut album ‘around the corner’, but in the meantime, catch up with their new tune Stay Safe – it’s nostalgic and complex, familiar and punchy (way above its weight class).

You can catch the guys live through September on the following dates:

September 7 – World Bar, Sydney

September 8 – Rad Bar, Woolongong

September 9 – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle

September 15 – The Lomond, Melbourne

Skegss, Smogged Out

A week out from a much-anticipated Sunday Splendour in the Grass set, fuzzy surf punks Skegss have dropped some new material on us. As someone who grew up in a coastal town and moved to the big smoke, the jangly Smogged Out has hit me right in my homesick guts.

In more uplifting news, the Byron Bay trio have also announced the details of a new album. Our Own Mess will be hitting our ears on September 7, via Rat Bag Records.

[It’s even available to pre-order at JB right now, with a sweet tote bag bonus offer. – Ed.]