Thursday, August 06, 2009

I Switch On I Switch Off I Switch On

Eddy Current Suppression Ring - Colour Television

I've got a new favourite band! Eddy Current Suppression Ring fucking rule. I am completely and utterly addicted, hooked, smitten - call it what you want - to 'Primary Colours' the second album by the Melbourne-based Aussie post punkers. When the album was released in Australia it reached # 6 in the national charts and recently won the Australian Music Prize (their equivalent of the Mercury Music Prize). I'm not surprised - it's brilliant, combining the primal, raw intensity of the Stooges ('Sunday's Coming'; 'Memory Lane'), the slipshod nonchalance and genius of early Fall ('Which Way to Go'; 'Colour Television'), metronomic Krauty grooves ('I Admit My Faults'; the instrumental 'That's Inside of Me') and simple, catchy singalong tunes ('Wrapped Up'). There's even a bit of the Stranglers going on when they bust out the melodic synths on 'We'll Be Turned On'. It comes across as being totally effortless, with songs seemingly flicked out with the same ease you or I would reserve for picking our noses, which just makes it even cooler. If there's any justice they'll be massive in the UK too, though with the Ashes going on, British love for our Antipodean mates perhaps isn't at it's highest... But that's cricket, and this is music!

Those very nice people at Melodic in Manchester are releasing 'Primary Colours' in a special edition with the band's eponymous debut (which I haven't got around to listening to yet as I can't stop listening to 'Primary Colours', but the band reckon sounds more 1976 than 1982) as a double CD package for the bargain price of £11 (or £8 for the download) which is an absolute bargain. The download is available now, the CD due on August 17th 2009.

Buy 'Primary Colours' from the Melodic website
There's loads of great clips of the band playing live, videos, free downloads etc on the band's official website
Eddy Current Suppression Ring MySpace
Ignore my inane gibberings and head straight for this far more cultured, considered and contextual review from Melbourne website Beat