Photo: Sia Duff
Words: Linn Branson
Little Indie was planning on making one track from the new album by Australian pop-punk band Horror My Friend a Track Of The Day; the only problem being, which one? As we couldn't decide between two, we have thrown the rules out and elected to do a feature instead and highlight both.
Tom Gordon, Josh Battersby and Sam Kolesnik are the three Adelaide-based 'Horrors' - although they look quite sweet to us: they certainly sound pretty darned lush - who have just put out their debut full-length 'Stay In, Do Nothing' on January 22 (via Poison City Records).
Take a listen to 'Stay In' and you soon see why they have been building up a name on home turf (they've already supported the likes of Swervedriver, DZ Deathrays, Violent Soho and The Cribs) - and why hopefully it may not be long before they make the long trek over to Europe and UK.
The upbeat rock melody vibes filled out with Dinosaur Jr influences, are shot through with more guitar hooks than you could dangle a fishing line at.
Our second can't-stop-listening-to track 'Mazes' appeared last year and was an early taster from the long-time-coming album. Opening on a sublime guitar riff, it bursts into a catchy flow of jangly rhythms, fuzzy guitar stabs, and Josh Battersby's vocals striking just the right note: grounded in punk, yet filled with the infectious zest of youth. This really needs a UK release.
Horror My Friend are currently on an album launch tour: see remaining dates on poster below. In addition, they will be special guests on Grenadiers Oz tour - dates as follows:
10 Brisbane Crowbar
11 Sydney Brighton Up Bar
12 Melbourne Shebeen
18 Adelaide The Jade