When Melbourne punks Press Club released their debut album ‘Late Teens’, it was received as a cacophonous battle-cry, resonating with fans far beyond their native Australia. They were written up as “a band to keep an eye out for” very early on, their music was singled out for its honesty and integrity, and the band praised for their social awareness, calls for self-improvement and powerhouse live performances. Now, the band have announced their follow-up album, ‘Wasted Energy’, along with new single Thinking About You. Take a listen to the single via YouTube below.
Press Club’s sonic calling cards are all present on ‘Wasted Energy’; the fuzz-laden, kicked-in speaker bass of Iain MacRae, the full guitar tones of Greg Rietwyk, the punishing drumming of Frank Lees, and the emotional vocal deliverance of Natalie Foster. On new single Thinking About You, amongst the climactic clatter of the band giving it everything, is Foster recounting her experience with a stalker. Never one to shy away from what is uncomfortable, the song embodies a freak’s tongue, cooing unbridled down the phone line; abrupt, uninvited, and out of the blue.
In contrast to ‘Late Teens’, lyrically, ‘Wasted Energy’ approaches the microphone through a lens of extrospection. It examines the negative behaviours in the world around us and how we’re all learning to exist in today’s ever-evolving socio-moral landscape. ‘Wasted Energy’ is broadly about change, and life’s watershed moments that change its course. These shifts are laterally represented lyrically and sonically in many of its songs. Sweeping about-faces and musical departures are an expansion of the musical fibre that make up the Press Club repertoire.
Pre-order ‘Wasted Energy’ here
Don’t miss the band in August as they embark on their biggest UK headline tour to date, including performances at Reading & Leeds Festivals. The full list of upcoming shows is as follows.
Thu Aug 22 – The Parish, Huddersfield UK
Fri Aug 23 – Reading Festival, Reading UK
Sat Aug 24 – Leeds Festival, Leeds UK
Sun Aug 25 – Greenbelt Festival, Northamptonshire UK
Tue Aug 27 – Redrum, Stafford UK
Wed Aug 28 – Bodega, Nottingham UK
Thu Aug 29 – Surf Cafe, Newcastle UK
Frid Aug 30 – Broadcast, Glasgow UK
Sat Aug 31 – Night People, Manchester UK
Tue Sep 3 – Annie’s, Worcester UK
Wed Sep 4 – Bermuda Bob’s Hi-Fi, Norwich UK
Thu Sep 5 – New Cross Inn, London UK – VENUE CHANGE FROM THE BORDERLINE
Fri Sep 6 – Prince Albert, Brighton UK
Sun Sep 8 – Cinetol, Amsterdam NL
Tue Sep 10 – Haldern Pop Bar, Haldern DE
Wed Sep 11 – Sonic Ballroom, Cologne DE
Thu Sep 12 – Alte Hackerei, Karlsruhe DE
Fri Sep 13 – Dynamo, Zurich CH
Sat Sep 14 – Strom, Munich DE
Sun Sep 15 – Cross Club, Prague CZ
Wed Sep 18 – Stengade – Copenhagen DK
Thu Sep 19 & Friday Sep 20 – Reeperbahn, Hamburg DE
Sat Sep 21 – Vera, Groningen NL
Tickets are available now here