We are extremely honoured to premiere the new single ‘Close Friends’ from Naarm/Melbourne outfit Kitschen Boy: a positively shimmering jewel that soars celestially on wings of chiming, crystalline guitars and sweet melodies. With jingle jangle sound that would make Johnny Marr nod in appreciation, an anthemic melody so bright and vivacious it would make an undertaker swoon, this is classic post punk new wave fare.
You can detect in its genetic make up a C86/Postcard Records era gentle exposition, with the added pleasurable melodic blend of bands like The Smiths, Gene and the like. Infused with a delicate melancholic air, this is wonderful indie pop of the highest order.
The band says of the single:
‘Close Friends’ is the story of a protagonist unsure of how to read romantic signals through their Instagram and social media interactions. The storyteller waxes on trying to untangle the implications and insinuations of their interactions with a romantic partner in a plea for clarity and surety in either direction. The song speaks of the intricate unknowns of love in the digital age and how overwhelming it can be to find and perpetuate a relationship within these confines.
The sound might be joyously familiar but the delivery is unique with an antipodean freshness that places Kitschen Boy amongst a host of bands like The Go-Betweens, The Apartments and The Chills.
‘Close Friends’ is out tomorrow (Thursday, 11 May 2023) and can be downloaded and streamed here.
This is an exciting band on the upward trajectory. Kitschen Boy will be embarking on an East Coast headline tour, performing at venues such as Black Bear Lodge, Waywards and The Curtin. This comes off the back of selling out their debut EP tour, reaching capacity at The Evelyn in Naarm/Melbourne, Bootleggers in Eora/Sydney, O’Skulligans in Meanjin/Brisbane and Lowlife Bar in Tandanya/Adelaide.
Tour details are as follows, and tickets will be available here from 10am Australian Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, 11 May.
Friday, 30 June | Black Bear Lodge, Meanjin/Brisbane Qld
Saturday, 1 July | Waywards, Eora/SydneyNSW
Saturday, 8 July | The Curtin, Naarm/Melbourne Vic