Here’s to the folks who scour the internet for hidden beauties like this album from Melbourne, Australia’s Glaciers! Living Right is a fine piece of jangly goodness that deserves a wider audience. It came out last year on bandcamp, but has recently been released on vinyl by new Spanish label Meritorio Records.
The eleven songs on Living Right evoke the Railway Children and early records by their fellow countrymen the Church. The songs have an easy, mellow vibe that is slightly melancholy but brilliant and breezy. With only one record, these youngsters have plunked themselves right into the long lineage of shimmering jangle pop bands, many of which are long forgotten by most folks. Thankfully there are bands in far off corners of the world who still make this beautifully sublime kind of thing and others who feel it necessary to press it onto vinyl.
Buy a download or record of the Glaciers’ Living Right from Meritorio Records.
In Australia a goon sack is the membrane inside box wine. Box wine not having the reputation for quality, gets purchased not to be appreciated, but to get wasted and conveniently after you’ve drank it all the sack can be used as pillow. The Goon Sax are a Brisbane trio of underagers that probably have to get their older friends to buy box wine for them or maybe they get paid for gigs in box wine.
Funny in-joke name aside, the band have some other qualifications like their songs and Robert Forster’s son Louis is a member. He and his buddies James Harrison and Riley Jones may be young in years, but they make a sublime catchy racket that belies their age. Obviously fans of Jonathan Richman, the Lucksmiths, Feelies and the Pastels the Goon Sax debut album is full of jangly fun that could only be created by a bunch of kids young enough not to know better. In a few years they’ll probably be too self-conscious to write songs about getting a haircut to look like Roger McGuin, Edwyn Collins and David Byrne or worrying about holding sweaty hands.
Knowing that the progeny of a Go-Between is in the band will have you comparing a song like Susan with Karen or Lee Remick, and you’re sure to find some similarities. After that’s caught your attention though, the Goon Sax have more than enough qualities that set them on their own path like their sweet naivety, Harrison’s touching little anecdotes that are part Jonathan Richman and part Paul Kelly, and their ability to write a chorus that will stick with you long after you’ve taken off your headphones.
The Goon Sax Up To Anything is out on Chapter Music in Australia.
You kind of knew when you heard This Many Boyfriends‘ song I Don’t Like You (Cos You Don’t Like the Pastels) that they were a band with a geeky sense of humor, an ear for a good slogan and had spent a good amount of time in record stores digging for lost classics. Having spent time getting to know the classics has given the band an indelible songwriting ability to emulate them without repeating them.
Their debut album that came out earlier this month on Angular over in the UK is a heart on the sleeve fan letter to all of their favorite bands and the indiepop culture that surrounds them (They are named after the Beat Happening song This Many Boyfriends Club). Tons of bands are name checked in their songs, but the one that isn’t may be their biggest influence. Instead of scratching that band’s name on his arm with a fountain pen, instead singer Richard Brooke scrawls Tina Weymouth across his t-shirt in permanent black marker.
All of the previous singles (Young Lovers Go Pop & Communist) show up on the record including a re-recorded version of their afore mentioned Pastels tribute. The Cribs‘ Ryan Jarman produced the record and his added emphasis to a meatier guitar sound improves on the demo versions of Number One , I Should Be a Communist, That’s What Diaries Are For and I Don’t Like You which all first appeared on their Getting a Life With EP that came out on SPC two years ago. I’m sure many will write This Many Boyfriends off as a joke band but there are far too many classic sounding pop songs like Number One and Starling to make that a valid argument. This record is fun to listen to and balances fun pop with funny pop. I just hope people go beyond the funny pop eye candy of their easily identifiable slogan songs and crunch on some of their stronger everlasting gobstoppers.
stream: This Many Boyfriends – (I Should Be A) Communist (from their self-titled album on Angular)
Video: This Many Boyfriends – Number One