Sydney band Bellwether are purveyors of the most satisfyingly vibrant brand of indie rock – tinged with a quiet/loud ethos and mountain range high melodies. In their news ingle ‘Charade’, layered vocals provide a melodious sheen across the syncopated thundering rhythm section and stabbing guitars. We have already been impressed by their single ‘Shortsighted’ (reviewed here) and the new release is evidence that there’s something quite special about the band.
There is a fascinating story behind the lyrics. Lead guitarist and songwriter Heath Joukadar explains:
‘Charade’ is based on / inspired by the character Knives Chau from the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World movie and comics. The song is told from her perspective, and is directed towards the titular Scott Pilgrim as she expresses her feelings towards him, having been dumped for Ramona Flowers.
The result is a thoroughly satisfying track:
‘Charade is out now and can be downloaded and streamed here.
Astonishingly, Bellwether will be playing their debut show on Saturday,18 December at the AM//PM EMO Night @ The Burdekin in Sydney, tickets here.