Track: Melbourne’s BADGERS ask if they were ‘Supposed To Know’?, but the incontrovertible fact is they’ve unveiled another jingle jangle triumph.

Those shoegaze merchants of sonic bliss, BADGERS, have unveiled a new track ‘Supposed To Know’ and it is another fine example of the thrilling jingle jangle sound that defines them. With a rolling thunderous guitar onslaught supporting a delicate vocal delivery, ‘Supposed To Know’ has a chemically-induced fugue about it – mesmerising and transfixing while reverberating around the mind.

Think, if comparisons must be made, of an antipodean Brian Jonestown Massacre with a touch more tangibility and accessibility, but the same swagger, attitude and a careless insouciance. It’s a jingle jangle joy.

Front man Michael Badger says of the track:

‘Supposed To Know’ was one of those tracks where pretty much every instrument was laid down in one take as we were writing it. I’d been at an outrageous kickons a couple of days earlier and there was this guy called Jim freaking the hell out of everyone and he was so drunk he walked head first into a glass door. We tried to pull him aside and I remember him saying “Was I Supposed To Know?”

The single is accompanied by a video by Rick Clifford (rcstills) which exudes the kind of bucolic mist that emanates from the track – the trio floating gently down the Yarra River in Melbourne, part performance and part indulgence, trippy, blissed out and floating in the ether. Sunlight on the Yarra? Surely a treat as rare and beautiful as the song:

‘Supposed To Know’ is out through UK’s Strong Island Recordings and available through all the usual download/streaming sites here.

Badger has worked extensively with fellow Melbourne juggernauts King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard on the likes of modern-classics of theirs such as ‘I’m In Your Mind Fuzz’ and ‘Nonagon Infinity’ as well as the scuzz-punk-riot of a band Amyl & The Sniffers.

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