Press Club - Wasted Energy
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When Melbourne punks PRESS CLUB independently released their debut album Late Teens, it was received as a cacophonous battle-cry, resonating with fans far beyond their native Australia. Marked out 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 powerhouse live performances. Today PRESS CLUB announce their anticipated follow-up album, Wasted Energy, along with new single ‘Thinking About You’.
The band again opted to self-produce and chose the 1970’s Neve console at Woodstock Studios in Balaclava, Melbourne as their workbench. As with all of their recordings to date the tune was put to tape entirely live. Guitarist and principal producer Greg Rietwyk remembers: “It was 100% integral to the songs that we cut Natalie’s vocals live, there was just no way to elicit the same emotional response she has with the lyrics by overdubbing.”
PRESS CLUB’s sonic calling cards are all present on Wasted Energy; the fuzz-addled, kicked-in speaker bass of Iain MacRae, the thick guitar tones of Greg Rietwyk, the merciless drumming of Frank Lees, and the emotionally charged 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.
The album announcement comes as the band gear up to embark on their biggest UK headline tour to date, including performances at Reading & Leeds Festivals after an overwhelmingly successful maiden visit earlier this year that included sold out shows London, Zurich and Edinburgh as well as a bevy of festivals: Manchester Punk Festival, Liverpool Sounds City, The Great Escape and Belgium’s Groezrock.