EP: The delicately beautiful ‘Creatures of Habit’ from Brisbane artist Aren’t is an exquisite triumph. Plus news of launch date.

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Premiere: Versari exclusively unveil for us their new EP Brûle: an epic filled with glorious edits and remixes casting a whole new light on the originals

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Meet: The Coral’s James Skelly takes us through the inspirations for the new album ‘Coral Island’, the magic of memories, and how The Coral are the Robbie Fowler of the music industry.

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The irrepressible dream pop/shoegaze queen T.G. Shand is back with another shimmering masterclass in fuzzy pop with ‘WAWO’. T.G. Shand is the moniker of Ōtautahi/Christchurch resident Annemarie Duff, formerly of the legendary Melbourne shoegaze band Miniatures (on the iconic Saint Marie Records label). We here at Backseat Mafia have been transfixed by her stream of jangling, sparkling singles over …

Back in August we were very honoured to bring you the single from Sydney auteur Maia Marsh, and the pleasure is doubled with an exclusive look at the new video from her band Motion Sickness for the track ‘This Body’. ‘This Body’ oozes with a delicious frisson of excitement: a snaky driving bass creates an …

There is a clattering, chaotic stately grace about the songs created by the legendary duo Dave Graney and Clare Moore: born in a rock’n’roll cradle of unadorned guitars and pattering percussion with a louche, fey, self-deprecating delivery. They create the most glowing and comforting aura as Graney states with a come hither tone that he’s …

Brisbane’s Harriette Pilbeam – as Hatchie – has just unveiled a new, darker slice of shoegaze dream pop in new track ‘Nosedive’, in the midst of her US tour. Out through label Secretly Canadian, ‘Nosedive’ pulls on a hoodie and pogoes with a degree of gothic-fringed menace and aggression – stabbing fragmented instrumentation drives through …

Sand Brothers have just released a jangling, sparkling slice of antipodean summer with their single ‘Adelaide’. Containing a genetic core that tips its cork-ringed Akubra hat at bands like The Go-Betweens and The Chills, with an added pure pop sixties-inflected guitar shimmer, ‘Adelaide’ positively glistens and trembles with a twelve-string brilliance and mountainous melodies. The …

I always say that the greatest challenge for instrumental music is to convey thoughts and feelings without words, and in the EP ‘Becoming’ by Naarm/Melbourne outfit Wish, they have done just that. A core instrumentation of just guitars , bass and drums delivers something quiet raw and evocative. Wish is essentially the solo work of …

We are very pleased to premiere the electric new single ‘The Winter Palace’ from Rodney Cromwell, the nom de guerre of musician Adam Cresswell, backed by the instrumental ‘Rod, Jane and Freddy’. ‘The Winter Palace’ is a rich and luscious track, opening up with an atmospheric Vangelis-like Blade Runner fugue before launching into an aquatic …

Legendary Liverpudlians China Crisis are celebrating 40 years together with an Australian tour in December 2022. China Crisis is a prime example of a band that is able to mix an inherent pop sensibility with intelligent lyrics and a danceable jet propulsion energy. From their very first single, the classic ‘African And White’, this band …

Sydney’s Jet City Sports Club have emanated radiant waves of jangle pop indie joy through their past releases, and in their new single ‘Feeling It All’ they have shrugged off all restraints and unleashed a day-glo bright pop blast that positively shimmers and shakes in the golden sunshine. The high stepping mountain scaling melodies and …

The brilliant Gena Rose Bruce has followed up September’s single ‘Foolishly in Love’ with another Bill Callahan (SMOG) collaboration, the beautiful track ‘Deep Is The Way’. This time Callahan not only throws in with songwriting, but he contributes vocals as well. This single is the title track to Bruce’s newly announced album, scheduled for release …