Feeling low? Dejected? Just sapped of life-force and in need of a cuddle? Come on in to 5 Tunes, where Tim Lambert will cosy you up with quintuple reasons to feel good as gold! Featuring Rackett, Ro, Drunk Mums, Candy, and Max Quinn.

Rackett, Tried To Quit

It might only be two-and-a-half minutes long, but really, that’s all Sydney punks Rackett need to pack everything into their new tune Tried To Quit. Full of unfiltered attitude, distorted bass and relentless riffs, this is the kind of song I would imagine being played at CBGB in New York in the late ’70s.

On the raucous new track, lead singer and guitarist Bec Callander says: “I was immersed in the punk scene [in Melbourne] and all its debaucherous indulgences: drinking, smoking, generally not giving a f-ck. I was a rebel without a cause, except that of my own destruction. I guess in a way, I tried to quit on myself and I just couldn’t do it.”

I say, show me somebody that hasn’t had a problem quitting a vice or a bad habit and I’ll show you a goddamn liar. (I still bite my nails sometimes, sorry Mum.)

If you want to catch the lasses out on the road, you’re in luck – Rackett are all over the place for the rest of the year. We’ve rounded up all the dates for you:

Saturday 6th October – Crafted Beer & Cider Festival, Broadbeach

Saturday October 6th – Outside Tribe Music Festival, Cornubia

Friday 12th October – Molo Live, Canberra

Saturday 13th October – Naraabeen RSL, North Narrabeen

Friday 19th October – Manning Bar, Sydney

Saturday 20th October – Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith

Sunday 21st October – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle

Friday 26th October – Workers Club, Melbourne

Friday 26th October – Saturday 27th October, Kyneton Music Festival

Saturday 10th November – OzAsia Festival, Adelaide

Saturday 17th November – The Factory Theatre, Sydney

29th – 30th November – Jungle Love Festival

Friday 30th November – Netherworld, Brisbane

Friday 28th December – Wednesday 2nd January – Lost Paradise Festival


Drunk Mums, Phantom Limb

Leather-clad punks Drunk Mums have burst back into our world with details of a new EP and a bollocking new single. Phantom Limb is the first taste off of Urban Cowboy (out November 9 via Pissfart Records). Rowdy and full of energy and filthy riffs, I can only imagine how this is going to transfer to the band’s renowned live set. We won’t have to wait long though; the Melbourne maniacs are heading around the country with New York punks Dirty Fences to celebrate the release of Urban Cowboy.

Friday 16th November – The Foundry, Brisbane

Saturday 17th November – The Northern, Byron Bay

Sunday 18th November – Miami Shark Bar, Gold Coast

Friday 23rd November – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

Saturday 24th November – Small Ballroom, Newcastle

Sunday 25th November – Rad Bar, Wollongong

Thursday 29th November – Barwon Club, Geelong

Friday 30th November – Karova Lounge, Ballarat

Saturday 1st December – Yah Yah’s, Melbourne

Sunday 2nd December – Cherry Bar, Melbourne


Max Quinn, Serotonin

Mental health is a national conversation that should be louder than it currently is; Sydney-based songwriter and Ballina poster boy Max Quinn’s newest track Serotonin is certainly helping augment that conversation. Anthemic but also full of wit and practicality, Quinn battles with the privilege of being alive, and the experience of your brain working directly against your will to live.

If you are struggling with mental health issues, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.


Ro, F**ked Up Over You

The second single from Melbourne’s Ro has been released, and takes off right where debut Diary left us waiting for more. While the track strums along instrumentally, the songwriter’s vocal tone and astute lyrics are what really make it pop, as she reflects on post-breakup anguish. If all of that isn’t enough to convince you, then the liberating final bridge will bring you around.


Candy, Validation

One of the big surprise packages of this year’s BIGSOUND was a couple of introspective performances from Melbourne’s Candy (Calum Newton). Fast forward a few months and we now have Validation, the yearning fourth cut of his debut album Under The Weather (out November 16). On Validation, Newton looks inwards and investigates his insecurities, diarising his desire for some positive reinforcement. Through its casual, swaying instrumentation, Validation is a steady reminder of the importance we all place in others.

As his long play’s release creeps up, Candy has announced a few dates to celebrate the release of Under The Weather:

Friday 26th October – Yah Yahs, Melbourne

Saturday 27th October – Golden Age Cinema, Sydney

Sunday 28th October – North Gong Hotel, Wollongong

Saturday 3rd November – Against The Grain Festival, Brisbane