Premiere: ‘I Just Knew Her As Ma’ – The Great Emu War Casualties confess a greater need for maternal contact in a brilliant funky pop blast.

One of our favourite antipodean indie outfits, Naarm/Melbourne band The Great Emu War Casualties (now a four piece) are back with a bit of bang with their new single ‘I Just Knew Her As Ma’, which we are absolutely proud as punch to premiere this morning.

‘I Just Knew Her As Ma’ is a brilliant, shimmering, bouncing slice of infectious pop furnished with a sort of disco bop that positively shines with vitality. Inflected with a dose of good humour, this is a snaky piece of funk with its ambulant bass and splashing sparkling guitars – think Talking Heads with a touch of Orange Juice or Haircut 100 and yet a little dash of Hunters and Collectors (early period). If you know, you know.

The bands says of the song:

‘I Just Knew Her As Ma’ is a pessimistic self-examination and cynical self-portrait in song form, and an acknowledgement that I need to visit my Mum once in a while.

The anthemic chorus augments what is essentially a dance floor filler complete with brains, humour and an arched eyebrow:

‘I Just Knew Her As Ma’ is out tomorrow (Friday, 25 August 2023) and will be available though all the usual download and streaming sites.

To accompany the release, the band will perform a one-off launch show at Naarm/Melbourne’s Mamma Chen’s on Saturday, 9 September 2023.

Don’t forget to have a listen to last year’s EP ‘Quiet Bat People’ (one of our favourite Antipodean releases of the year):

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