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In The Issue:

Reviews of releases from Terry, GL, Rachel Maria Cox, Two Steps on the Water, Baro and Remi, Suss Cunts, Sarah Mary Chadwick, BATZ, and Gretta Ray.

TEETH & TONGUE’S JESS CORNELIUS: Teeth & Tongue are about to be four albums deep. Give Up On Your Health is their most gregarious yet. This is a Jess Cornelius with a new lease on rhythm, a new sense of feeling yourself in the music led by the increasingly wild recent live shows where her and her band have, despite a catalogue slick with moody burners, upped the party every time. Over in New Zealand to tour latest single ‘Dianne’, Jess takes stock of the last two years between albums.

ALEX LAHEY’S LITTLE SECRETS: From Animaux to going solo, Melbourne’s Alex Lahey has been peddling pop to the indie kids for over half a decade now. Only recently, it’s begun to take off. Her second solo single, ‘You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me’, feels like it has all the makings to hit the Hottest 100, but by then that might be the least of her accolades. Her rubbery rock arrangements and penetrating lyricism has just been glued together in her debut EP, B-Grade University. She’s played Splendour. She’s getting ready to go international. The last year has been a whirlwind, but Lahey insists there’s no secret.

EILISH GILLIGAN IS IN CONTROL: The two singles Gilligan has released so far — ‘The Dogs’ and ‘All The Time’ — are brilliant showcases for the singer’s vocal talent and style, but they’re slight compared to what’s coming. She presents the listener with a portrait of wild emotion that’s sometimes uncomfortable but always compelling. I caught up with Eilish at Greensborough Plaza — the land that time forgot — to chat about nostalgia, her influences, and The Universe.

REBEL YELL: OUT FOR PERFECTION: So you wanna make heavy industrial dance music in Brisbane — one- or two-person synth stuff that goes hard as hell. Well you have to really want it, ’cause you’re gonna be pIaying at 8:30 on five-band lineups before your friends’ guitar bands, and you know it’s not gonna be loud enough or dark enough for the crowd to do anything except nod their heads and maybe tap one toe off-beat. Grace Stevenson (Rebel Yell) really wants it — and she’s got the necessary vision, and (close your eyes rock dogs) the ambition and organisational skills to make something happen.

From The Issue:

This month’s cover yarn spindles its way through Alex Lahey’s nascent career. A year deep on a solo run, Lahey’s already doing pretty well. Here’s an excerpt on her recent run-ins with triple j.

The first airplay ‘You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me’ picked up was from Bridget Hustwaite over at triple j Unearthed. Hustwaite met Lahey at least year’s BIGSOUND just after ‘Air Mail’ had come out. In the months after, Hustwaite was drafted into the Unearthed team, scouring uploads from the nation’s hopefuls to add to the digital channel’s playlist. That’s how she came across Lahey’s second single. Treweek and Dawson were proven right.
“I messaged Alex and asked if she had set anything up with any programs or presenters for this to be premiered on triple j — I instantly felt like it was a song that deserved radio attention and one that our audience in particular would love. It was just so fun — self-deprecating, but fun. Alex wrote back and told me nothing was planned for a premiere on any of our programs and gave me the green light to spin it during my mid-dawn shift that following morning, just after1am. Not the most ideal time slot as naturally, people are usually asleep at that time on a Wednesday morning, but hey, it was the best I could do in my position and she was really stoked for me to be the first person to play it on triple j, regardless of what time it was. It didn’t take long after that for shit to really explode for Lahey — she was already listed by triple j Unearthed as one to watch in 2016 two weeks prior, but soon enough the entire triple j team flocked online to Unearthed to review the track, she was added to rotation, and then it all took off from there.”
“Among people who haven’t had a relationship with triple j before, it’s almost like a conspiracy,” Lahey says. “There’s no secret trapdoor tunnel into the ABC office to give them your track. We literally just uploaded it to Unearthed. That’s it… I’m so guilty of thinking that when I was younger, that triple j have their Illuminati of artists and shit. Even the people I’ve met in the last few months… I met Meg Mac last week; she’s a normal chick. She’s fuckin’ awesome. People are just writing songs in their rooms. Wakin’ up and having their chewable Vitamin C tablets like the rest of us.”