When Melbourne punks Press Club released their debut album Late Teens, it was received as a cacophonous battle-cry, resonating with fans far beyond their native Australia. Marked out as a band to keep an eye out for very early on, their music was singled out for its honesty and integrity, and the band praised for their social awareness, calls for self-improvement and powerhouse live performances. Today, the band announce their anticipated follow-up album, Wasted Energy, along with new single Thinking About You.
Press Club’s sonic calling cards are all present on Wasted Energy; the fuzz-addled, kicked-in speaker bass of Iain MacRae, the thick guitar tones of Greg Rietwyk, the merciless drumming of Frank Lees, and the emotionally charged vocal deliverance of Natalie Foster. On new single Thinking About You, amongst the climactic clatter of the band giving it everything, is Foster recounting her experience with a stalker. Never one to shy away from what is uncomfortable, the song embodies a freak’s tongue, cooing unbridled down the phone line; abrupt, uninvited, and out of the blue.
In contrast to Late Teens, lyrically, Wasted Energy approaches the microphone through a lens of extrospection. It examines the negative behaviours in the world around us and how we’re all learning to exist in today’s ever-evolving socio-moral landscape. Wasted Energy is broadly about change, and life’s watershed moments that change its course. These shifts are laterally represented lyrically and sonically in many of its songs. Sweeping about-faces and musical departures are an expansion of the musical fibre that make up the Press Club repertoire.
Don’t miss the band in August as they embark on their biggest UK headline tour to date, including performances at Reading & Leeds Festivals. The full list of upcoming shows is as follows.
Full tour dates are below
Thu Aug 22 - The Parish, Huddersfield UK Fri Aug 23 - Reading Festival, Reading UK Sat Aug 24 - Leeds Festival, Leeds UK Sun Aug 25 - Greenbelt Festival, Northamptonshire UK Tue Aug 27 - Redrum, Stafford UK Wed Aug 28 - Bodega, Nottingham UK Thu Aug 29 - Surf Cafe, Newcastle UK Frid Aug 30 - Broadcast, Glasgow UK Sat Aug 31 - Night People, Manchester UK Tue Sep 3 - Annie's, Worcester UK Wed Sep 4 - Bermuda Bob’s Hi-Fi, Norwich UK Thu Sep 5 - New Cross Inn, London UK – VENUE CHANGE FROM THE BORDERLINE Fri Sep 6 - Prince Albert, Brighton UK Sun Sep 8 - Cinetol, Amsterdam NL Tue Sep 10 – Haldern Pop Bar, Haldern DE Wed Sep 11 - Sonic Ballroom, Cologne DE Thu Sep 12 - Alte Hackerei, Karlsruhe DE Fri Sep 13 - Dynamo, Zurich CH Sat Sep 14 - Strom, Munich DE Sun Sep 15 - Cross Club, Prague CZ Wed Sep 18 - Stengade - Copenhagen DK Thu Sep 19 & Friday Sep 20 - Reeperbahn, Hamburg DE Sat Sep 21 - Vera, Groningen NL Tickets are available now HERE
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