These Brisbane indie heavyweights have always been one of this country’s most-loved bands, capturing the hearts and ears of music lovers everywhere with their blissfully noisy pop-rock. Now they’re back, better than ever, with a new album on the way.
But first, some history. They’re one of those bands you grew up with, whose songs are imprinted into the DNA of every music-lover who came of age in the 90’s and 00’s. A band of eternally-youthful fuzz-pop darlings who, however improbably, have continued to play together for over 20 years and somehow have not only gotten better, but have become even more respected.
Screamfeeder’s debut album Flour came out way back in 1992, and they followed that with five more scorching albums including the undeniably-classic Kitten Licks in 1996. From around 2005, they took a break from recording and touring, but continued to play shows when they felt the urge. Their records have continued to sell, so much so that their first five albums were re-released in 2015 and 2016 by Poison City Records on vinyl.
They toured to support the re-releases, and it was a revelation – rooms filled with punters singing every word as testament to the abiding quality and ongoing love for the band. It was apparent that plenty of people still wanted to hear their music.
That time spent on tour snowballed into brand new songs being written and recorded, and those sessions have resulted in a new album, due for release in the first half of 2017. The first couple of singles – Alone In The Crowd and All Over it Again – have been gaining airplay across the country. What better reason than to come out of hibernation?
“(their) ragged, infectious spirit evokes all kinds of glories: classic soul records, the early Who singles, the fire and fun of bands such as the Jam and the Replacements.” – (Courier Mail)
They’ve toured Australia too many times to count, as well as the US, the UK, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, France, Germany, Switzerland and Spain. Live, they’re a non-stop whirlwind of high-energy heavy riffs, caterwauling feedback and pulse-racing bass, Tim and Kellie entwining their vocals around the music, all anchored with the explosive power of Dean’s drumming. They’re raw, grungy, fiery, effortlessly skilful yet loose at the same time, an exuberant and joyful wave of music filling every space in the room with pure radiant youth.
Screamfeeder still believe in writing good songs, and performing them like their lives depend on it. Who’s going to argue with that?
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