Full Power Happy Hour – Full Power Happy Hour
CBS010 – Out February 19, 2021
Debut Album – Limited Edition Emerald Green Vinyl.
Meanjin/Brisbane alt-country/indie-folk five-piece Full Power Happy Hour first captured hometown hearts with their heartfelt, high-energy live shows and now they’ve parlayed that momentum into their self-titled debut album, an enchanting collection of great depth and beauty based around the beguiling songs and bewitching vocals of singer-songwriter Alex Campbell. The band’s unique aesthetic mixes the intimacy and fragility of ‘60s folk singers like Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez with the ramshackle bonhomie of The Pogues, tempered by a more modern indie-rock sensibility akin to The Clean, with results that are purely and defiantly Full Power Happy Hour. Equal parts confident and vulnerable, these eight tracks demand attention with their impassioned lyrics, joyful instrumentation and heart-stirring harmonies, the perfect antidote to these turbulent times and a fitting reminder of life’s inherent beauty.
Adam Gibson – The Songs of Adam Gibson
CBS005 – Out May 29, 2020
Brand new 2-LP Vinyl “Best of” Adam Gibson, debuting at #1 on the AIR 100% Indie Charts. This new compilation ‘The Songs Of Adam Gibson’ collates on vinyl for the first time the cream of the epic Australiana conjured by Sydney wordsmith and poet Adam Gibson. ‘There’s a Name for this Feeling….’ has accumulated over the past 20 years, during his tenures with acclaimed outfits Modern Giant, The Aerial Maps and The Ark-Ark Birds between 2004 and the present day.
Dumb Things – Time Again
A new and assured take on the bedroom pop of their debut, the songs on Time Again caress the sensibilities like a cool summer breeze, their distinctive slacker-jangle owing a sonic debt not just to Queensland forebears like The Go-Betweens and The Apartments but also the next wave of Aussie bands who also mined that same fertile ground for inspiration like Dick Diver, Twerps and The Ocean Party.
SPIRAL STAIRS – We Wanna Be Hyp-No-Tized
The new tune – the first taste of the phenomenal new album We Wanna Be Hyp-No-Tized – is a brash and joyous number which nods to everything from The Fall to Iggy Pop to Roxy Music, laden with both horns and hooks as well as an infectious call-and-response chorus, Kannberg shouting inscrutable slogans over the enticing cacophony.
TAPE/OFF – Broadcast Park LP
CBS006 (yellow vinyl)
Tape/Off’s 2014 debut Chipper was long-listed for the AMP, and now four years later they return with an album that balances ire and introspection and ups the ante considerably in terms of songcraft, musicianship and production. Touring nationally for the release and have already received great traction with first two singles ‘Day In, Day Out’ and ‘Wake In Fright’. Comes in hand screen-printed cover with download.
THE GAMETES – The Astrological Calamities of Comet Jones
CBS007 (spum green vinyl)
The debut album from prodigiously-talented young space-punks The Gametes captures the manic intensity and rampant absurdity of their renowned live show on wax. Equally brings to mind the best of beloved heritage acts like Devo and The B-52s as well as more recent purveyors of cool like Parquet Courts and Uranium Club, all with their own unique slant.
SPIRAL STAIRS Pig City/Vultures Of Caboolture 7”
CBS004 (black vinyl)
Again harking back to the several post-Pavement years spent by Spiral Stairs living in south-east Queensland with his Australian wife and daughter, this Oz-only seven-inch contains two songs about Brisbane and surrounds, with ‘Pig City’ owing a distinct sonic debt to The Go-Betweens and ‘Vultures Of Caboolture’ being chiselled in the shape of Beasts Of Bourbon (Tex was a Brisbane boy once upon a time so that works too). Full-colour sleeve titled ‘Dutton Dressed As Lamb’ with download.
SPIRAL STAIRS – Doris & The Daggers LP
CBS003 (red/white/black coloured vinyl)
Spiral Stairs helped reinvent the musical landscape in the late-‘80s and early-‘90s as co-founder and mainstay of US indie rock legends Pavement, but his acclaimed 2017 solo album Doris & The Daggers owes a sonic and contextual debt to his many years living in Australia (with this limited edition Aus/NZ version being pressed on St Kilda-coloured splatter vinyl in honour of his beloved adopted AFL team).
SHRAPNEL – Tranceplanetsugarmouth LP
CBS002 (black vinyl)
Sydney dream-weavers Shrapnel’s debut album is built on a template of ‘90s indie rock, reminding of bands such as Guided By Voices, Pavement and Built To Spill but filtered through a distinctly Aussie lens. A batch of sonic journeys which throw the rulebook out the window with wild and unpredictable – but never less than spell-binding – results.
THIGH MASTER – Early Times LP
CBS001 (black vinyl)
Thigh Master’s debut Early Times is rife with an incessantly catchy brand of angsty, sun-dappled guitar pop, constructed in the share-houses of inner-city Brisbane. Thigh Master have shared stages with an array of top-notch acts such as The Clean, Guitar Wolf, Courtney Barnett, Ty Segall, Ariel Pink, Real Estate and The Coathangers and toured the nation relentlessly, these days splitting their time between Brisbane and Melbourne.