Today Melbourne group, PRESS CLUB release their second full-length album, Wasted Energy.
Press Club’s sonic calling cards are all present on Wasted Energy; the fuzz-addled, kicked-in speaker bass of Iain MacRae, the razor sharp guitar tones of Greg Rietwyk, the merciless drumming of Frank Lees, not to forget the emotionally charged vocal deliverance of Natalie Foster.
Two singles have been taken from the self-produced Wasted Energy so far. ‘Get Better’, and ‘Thinking About You’, in which Foster recounts 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.
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.
“From the writing and recording to the design and video making… I couldn’t be more proud of every single part of this album.” Natalie Foster
Wasted Energy follows on from acclaimed debut album, Late Teens, which thrust the group into life on the Australian and European touring circuits. Its reception to blame for their appearance at dozens of festivals around Australia (Falls, Yours + Owls et. al) and Europe (Groezrock, Great Escape, Manchester Punk Festival, Stag + Dagger). The sold out first pressing ofLate Teens was shifted rapidly thanks to a swathe of high-profile support slots (Japandroids, DZ Deathrays, Joyce Manor), radio play at the community and national level, and a bevy of media support both online and in print.
Today’s album release is coupled with the announcement of a massive Australian tour slated for later this year which will see the band play shows in NSW, VIC, ACT, QLD, SA, TAS and WA. Enigmatic, Sydney quintet, Johnny Hunter – whom in their own right seem inexorably flung towards a crowd-wrenching career – join Press Club in what will be one of the most powerful tours of homegrown, showpersonship this year.
“We can’t wait to hit the road again with a brand new bunch of songs in tow. This tour will also mark our first headline shows across the Nullarbor.” Greg Rietwyk – Press Club guitarist.
With a hard-earned reputation for relentless touring, Press Club celebrate the release of Wasted Energy by performing the album start to finish in a one off show at Oh! Jean Records, Melbourne. Two days later Press Club embark on their second assault on Europe and The U.K for 2019. The band descend on Reading and Leeds Festivals, Reeperbahn Festival and 25 of their own headline dates across ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, THE NETHERLANDS, GERMANY, SWITZERLAND, CZECH REPUBLIC and DENMARK.
“For some reason being on the road is a tranquil place for us. We’ve all always been pretty intrepid people. To be able to spend another stint in Europe this year, after the first one was so flattering is brilliant. Everything is different from place to place. New cities, new people, new music scenes that operate in completely foreign ways. The one thing that seems to be a unifying constant is music. I can’t wait to hit the tarmac again.” – MacRae
“make no mistake, where there’s a new directness to Press Club, there’s still plenty of warmth, colour and personality. Opener Separate Houses feels like sticking your thumb in the mains – in a good way” Kerrang!
“Wasted Energy is wholly gripping. It’s a force to be reckoned with. It’s 12 huge tunes that you didn’t know you needed until now.” The Music
FRIDAY 16 AUGUST – PRESS CLUB INSTORE
@ OH JEAN RECORDS, NICHOLSON STREET FITZROY FREE ENTRY
PRESS CLUB “WASTED ENERGY” AUSTRALIAN ALBUM TOUR with special guest Johnny Hunter
THURS 31 OCTOBER – UC HUB, CANBERRA ACT
FRI 1 NOVEMBER – THE LANSDOWNE, SYDNEY NSW
SAT 2 NOVEMBER – THE CAMBRIDGE, NEWCASTLE NSW THU 7 NOVEMBER – THE GASO, MELBOURNE VIC
SAT 9 NOVEMBER – HOBART BREWING COMPANY, HOBART TAS FRI 15 NOVEMBER – TORQUAY HOTEL, TORQUAY VIC
SAT 16 NOVEMBER – THE WESTERNPORT, SAN REMO VIC THURS 21 NOVEMBER – LION ARTS FACTORY, ADELAIDE SA FRI 22 NOVEMBER – PELLY BAR, FRANKSTON VIC **
FRI 29 NOVEMBER – SOOKI LOUNGE, BELGRAVE VIC **
SAT 30 NOVEMBER – THE ZOO, BRISBANE QLD
THUR DEC 5TH – DUNSBOROUGH HOTEL, DUNSBOROUGH WA ** FRI DEC 6TH – LUCY’S LOVE SHACK, PERTH WA
(** Johnny Hunter not appearing)
UK/EUROPE TOUR DATES
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
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