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The Paddy Cakes bring authentic charm on new banger ‘Wasted On Me’

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Melbourne indie rock band The Paddy Cakes have been gaining fans rapidly over the course of 2019, and it isn’t hard to see why.

The Gippsland rock outfit has been having a red-hot year so far, being currently in the middle of a successful tour after dropping an outstanding EP Broken At Best two months ago, a release that earnt them comparisons to rock giants Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes.

Now, ahead of their upcoming shows in Sydney and Wollongong, they’ve dropped a new banger, ‘Wasted On Me’.

Working with Dylan Adams (of DMA’s, Skeggs and West Thebarton fame), The Paddy Cakes have come through with a track that gives them a larger sense of swagger; the production work done here giving them a lot more body compared to their previous EP.

Simple guitar chords set the stage for the track from the get-go, as the song gets started with simple, effective drums and warm bass. However, as lead singer Dalton Tripodi starts to sing about being stuck in a difficult situation, the guitars become smothered in reverb and distortion in the pre-chorus.

Finally, when that earworm chorus hits, it hits hard. The production becomes fuzzy and heavy, matching the optimistic lyrics as Tripodi admits that despite the situation, he should try his best to get out of it.

Then, a gorgeous guitar solo takes centre stage over fuzzy bass and drums to fill out the track.

‘Wasted On Me’ seems like the next perfect transition for The Paddy Cakes. The confidence the band exhibits suggest their biggest successes are still yet to come. Watch this space.

Album Premiere - Pearl The Girl gives an exclusive walk through her debut record ‘Just A Phase’

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Sydney-based indie-rock artist, Pearl The Girl, is set to release her impressive debut album ‘Just A Phase’ on Monday April 15. Today, we’re fortunate enough to offer up the first listen ahead of its official unveil, accompanied by an exclusive track-by-track put together by the songstress herself.

The records ten emotively charged and sass-infused tracks explore a raw and honest account of various themes, which span across love, loss, sex and challenging the conventional; all inspired by Pearl’s real life experiences. ‘Just A Phase’ offers up moments of solemn melancholic power-pop ballads to explosions of upbeat indie-pop sunshine, led by infectious jangly guitars and a steadfast rhythmic section.   

Dive into the below as Pearl walks you through the record and gives you the low down on each track:

Charms is a funny song. I wrote it about someone who had their head shoved so far up their own ass that they couldn't see the impact of their actions.  

Fuck Up is about challenging traditions. I wrote this song in Scotland after experiencing a very suppressed house hold, where parents enforced opinions and ways on those younger than them. Nothing was open for conversation. It was their way or the highway. 

Dead End Rd is about impulse dating, following your heart instead of your head. It was inspired by a conversation I had with Deena Lynch (Jaguar Jonze) for her Spectator Jonze art project expressing states of mental health in society.

Flaws & All is about cutting the crap and diving right in. 

Little Animal is about a one night stand. It aims to normalise one night stands for women, liberating them of emotional attachment. 

Take Off Your Shoes and Ode To Warrick were written in a similar vein. They represent expiration dating. Giving it your all knowing that the moment will pass. I wrote them while I was in New Zealand indulging in a holiday romance. 

I Hate You is not as obvious as it seems. It's about wanting something you can't have. It's hating that you love someone. 

She's Fine Now is about a child of divorce. Specifically mine. Your ideals and values change when everything you know does too. As a child of divorce it's easy to be selfish and when you're in the initial moment you think about how it affects you rather than what’s really going on for your parents. This song is about recognising that in hindsight, parents are human, we all make the same mistake, and it was for the best.

Mr Informative is an anthem for people who have been stuck in a relationship with a hopeless sack of meat. It's the song I wish I could scream in my ex-lovers face.

TOUR DATES

WED MAY 15 | THE GASOMETER HOTEL | MELBOURNE
WED MAY 22  | BLACK BEAR LODGE | BRISBANE
THURS MAY 30 | RAD BAR | WOLLONGONG
FRI MAY 31 | PARK HOUSE HOTEL | MONA VALE
THURS JUNE 6 | THE LANSDOWNE HOTEL | SYDNEY

Pearl The Girl’s New Indie Rock Bop ‘Little Animal’ Has Burrowed Its Way Into Our Heads

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If you dig infectious melodies, jangly indie rock guitar lines and hip-shaking grooves then look no further than the new tune from Sydney’s Pearl The Girl, ‘Little Animal’.

Full disclosure -- I met Pearl randomly on a boat a few weeks back. My mate and I were trying to take a selfie on the deck while the merciless Sydney Harbour wind was destroying our hair and Pearl kindly offered to take the snap for us. We got to chatting and discovered that we were both musos (she also told me a story about accidentally poisoning herself one time with some leaves off a random plant in her house that she accidentally ate after mistaking it for discarded salad, but that’s neither here nor there). Anyway, a few weeks later when a press release bearing her band name on it appeared in my inbox, I was coloured intrigued.

Needless to say the song attached did not disappoint (otherwise I wouldn’t be writing about it obvs).

‘Little Animal’ is an irresistible indie rock bop, with an upbeat bassline that rollicks playfully beneath Pearl’s bubbly Aussie-inflected vibrato, delivering honest lyrics about one night romances with equal parts heart and sass.

The tune has been sliced off the band’s forthcoming debut album Just A Phase (due out Monday, 15th April), which will see Pearl The Girl hit the road for an East Coast tour stopping in Melbourne, Brisbane, Wollongong, Mona Vale and Sydney.

Catch all the details - and take ‘Little Animal’ for a spin - below.

TOUR DATES

WED MAY 15 | THE GASOMETER HOTEL | MELBOURNE

WED MAY 22  | BLACK BEAR LODGE | BRISBANE

THURS MAY 30 | RAD BAR | WOLLONGONG

FRI MAY 31 | PARK HOUSE HOTEL | MONA VALE

THURS JUNE 6 | THE LANSDOWNE HOTEL | SYDNEY