All the way from QLD, Tim has wired us his 5 Tunes selections using only a coconut and a safety pin. This week we’re featuring Ali Barter, Charlie Collins, Bleach, Tess Guthrie, and The Chats!
Ali Barter, Ur A Piece Of Sh-t
Ali Barter has always reminded me of the cool older sister I wish I had, and with the release of her newest song, I now have a reason to write this on the internet.
The Melbourne favourite has dropped her first track in a minute, following up from her critically acclaimed debut album A Suitable Girl in 2017 (our review of which you can read right here). The beautifully-titled Ur A Piece Of Sh-t maintains Barter’s razor-sharp edge; it’s a scuzzy, nostalgic pop-rock anthem with an equally sassy film clip to boot, solidifying Barter as one of Oz’s brightest rising stars.
She says: “Ur A Piece of Sh-t is an ode to my best friends. It’s about the things we went through as teenagers and how they’ve affected us in adult life, and how those experiences have bound us together. I also invited my girls into the studio to sing on the song. So, you can hear them all in there: my little Piece Of Sh-t Choir.”
Barter is playing some very special headline shows to celebrate the release – dates below, and get tickets here.
APRIL 5 – MELBOURNE, HOWLER with guests BABY BLUE & HANNAH KATE
APRIL11 – SYDNEY, LANSDOWNE HOTEL with guests SUNSCREEN & GOOD PASH
Charlie Collins, Space Between
We first fell for this Tamworth crooner as she made her way around the country supporting Gang Of Youths’ record-breaking tour last year. Since then, Charlie Collins and her impressive band have completed a lap around the country with Laneway Festival, and wrapped on her debut album Snowpine, out May 31 via Mirror Music (which you can pre-order at JB right now).
To prepare us for the big release day, Collins has released another track – the enchanting Space Between – to hold you over for another few weeks. “I got the inspiration for Space Between from people around me that were feeling trapped and lost in their relationship,” Charlie explains. “It’s about falling in the depths of fake emotions whilst tearing each other apart.”
You can catch Collins on her debut headline tour from tonight in Sydney.
Friday 22nd March – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th March – Worker’s Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 30th March – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Bleach, It’s Mine
Perhaps the most underrated band in the country is Mornington blues outfit Bleach. They’ve quickly gained momentum rolling through Melbourne over the last year in their infancy as a band, proving time and time again that they’re one of the very few groups around today still slinging the devil’s music straight from another era.
The snarling It’s Mine is the lead single from their debut album Ol’ Blues Bug Juice and the whole album plays out as if the barkeep slid a glass of whiskey down the bar into your hand after a tough day: a bit rough, but exactly what you need to put a fire in your belly. This is music for the soul.
Tess Guthrie, WUTO
It feels like her debut single has been a long time coming for Tess Guthrie, but it’s been worth the wait as the Melbourne folk artist releases WUTO – honest and refreshing, and anchored by Guthrie’s brooding, powerful voice.
Keep an eye out for some mid-year east coast dates if you want to see this up-and-comer in the flesh.
The Chats, Pub Feed
People say Australia doesn’t have culture. Sweetie, please.