Roll up, salty hotdogs! Here comes Tim “Choc-Mint Rules” Lambert with five servings of deep-fried tunes, sitting on some paper towel to soak up the excess awesome. Featuring Gang Of Youths, Maddy Jane, What So Not, Samsaruh and Polish Club.
Gang Of Youths, The Heart Is A Muscle
ARIA Album Of The Year winners (!!) Gang Of Youths have just released the official clip for The Heart Is A Muscle – and if that’s not a good enough reason to feature the group in 5 Tunes again then I’ll be damned.
Of all the songs from the humungous Go Farther In Lightness (reviewed here) this is one of my favourites; a deeply heartfelt song about healing and learning to love, I still get goosebumps when I hear it (which is every day in the car on my way into the office).
Samsaruh, Beautiful Killer
Another fresh and intense track from Melbourne teenager Samsaruh has dropped overnight. Beautiful Killer is like a velvet sledgehammer: strikingly captivating but ominously devastating. That right there is your musical choc-mint – the perfect flavour.
What So Not, Be Ok Again feat. Daniel Johns
We’re used to receiving solid gold from What So Not (Emoh), but this one is a little different. Firstly, it features Silverchair front man Daniel Johns. Secondly, for the first time ever Emoh performs his own vocals. And thirdly, Be Ok Again is an absolute banger… hang on. That’s not a surprise.
It seems the pair are pretty fond of each other too:
“Immediate paralysing sadness, optimism, nervousness and excitement. This song explores how we redefine and rebuild our reality upon dramatic ends to relationships. It was inspiring bringing someone of Daniel’s calibre in on this piece and I’m thankful for how much he pushed me creatively.” – What So Not
“Watching Emoh work is eye opening. A real professional with great vision. We worked on tracks for this album and we’re really proud of the work. I’m excited for people to hear the first taste of our collaboration.” – Daniel Johns
Maddy Jane, Thank You And Sorry
The first time I saw Maddy Jane perform live (supporting Luca Brasi earlier in the year) I was blown away, and No Other Way has been a staple in my playlist ever since.
Now the Tasmanian crooner has released Thank You And Sorry. Written after a break-up – all the best songs are – TY&S is a little more down-beat than her other singles, giving the earnest twang in her voice centre stage.
Polish Club, All I Want For Christmas Is You
Working in retail has given me a, um, skewed appreciation of Christmas tunes. That being that, I generally do not appreciate them regardless. Then, just like the big guy in the red suit, Polish Club deliver a festively sneaky double A-side single.
The first song, I Hate You But You Gotta Stay (On Christmas Day) – a Polish Club original – is John-Henry and Novak thrashing it out as per. Of the track, the singer said: “I wanna stress that the lyrics are completely fictionalised. I do not have a racist grandma. But I think it will resonate with some people. There’s a wide variety of characters at every Christmas table. But hey, love prevails!”
For the other single, the Sydney duo enlisted a bunch of friends to help perform Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You. You may recognise some of the faces in the accompanying film clip – Can you pick them all? WAAX, Lindsay McDougall, 360, DZ Deathrays, Anthony Albanese and the Sunrise Cash Cow will get you started.
The boys kick off their Christmas In December Tour this week with support from West Thebarton, Diet and Triple J Unearthed Artist Of The Year Stella Donnelly (Perth only). Grab a ticket from http://polishclub.co/
Friday, December 1 – The Zoo, Brisbane SOLD OUT
Saturday, December 2 – Metro Theatre, Sydney (All Ages)
Friday, December 8 – The Croxton, Melbourne
Friday, December 15 – Uni Bar, Adelaide (All Ages)
Saturday, December 16 – Rosemount, Perth