Bad//Dreems vocalist Ben Marwe has adopted a freakish “Pop” guise (from one of Australia’s most notorious films) in the clip for the Adelaide alt-rock band’s first new music since 2020.

Mansfield 6.0 is an absolute corker of a track, and though its bow is strung with the sounds of IDLES and Shame, Bad//Dreems still set your skin trembling with their unmistakably Adelaidian brand of post-punk. The track’s lyrics – “Dancing on the West Gate having a beer, waiting for the show/ Next thing – whaddaya know? Mansfield, six-point-oh” – refer to a particularly bloody bizarre moment of September last year. As the ‘hi-vis riots’ begun by anti-vax construction workers spilled onto Melbourne’s massive West Gate Bridge, Victoria suddenly experienced its largest earthquake in 50 years (which originated in Mansfield, and logged a 6.0 on the Richter scale).

Meanwhile, the clip is loosely based around the characters and events of 1993 film Bad Boy Bubby (after Bubby dons his father’s outfit, if you know what I mean), and features a brilliant performance from Marwe.

If you keep your eye out, you’ll even spot a cameo from an alarmingly realistic prop named Gladys…

Watch below, and keep your eye out for more news on the fresh LP.

Read our review of Bad//Dreems’ last album, 2019’s Doomsday Ballet.