“A bouncy ball being shot out of a cannon in a prison cell,” Press Club bassist Iain MacRae on frontwoman Natalie Foster

By admin • 苏州夜网 • 18 Jan 2019

GRITTY: Melbourne’s Press Club delivered a raw and visceral brand of garage-punk on their debut album Late Teens.PRESS Club bassist Iain MacRae likens his bandmate Natalie Foster to “a bouncy ball being shot out of a cannon in a prison cell where it’s got nowhere to go but keep bouncing off the four walls, ceiling and floor.”

It’s a spot-on description. Anyone who caught the Melbourne garage-punk band’s two Newcastle shows earlier this year supporting The Smith Street Band at the Bar On The Hill andRaave Tapes at the Cambridge Hotel couldn’thelp but be captivated by Foster’s stage presence.

Foster might be small in stature with a wild mane of hair, but she owns a booming guttural voice, which perfectly resonates with the frenetic delivery of the buzz-saw guitars.

“It’s really part of her personality,” MacRae said.“It’s not a stage persona.

“She’s pretty bubbly and a live wire as a human being. Her dancing around on stage as a mad thing is just an extension of that.”

Press Club’s constant touring blitz and the success of singlesHeadwreck and Suburbiahelped launch the band out of Brunswick onto the national stage in the past year.

Press Club – When You Were YoungLast month their performance of The Killers’ hitWhen You Were Youngfor triple j’sLike A Versionfurther cemented their live reputation as explosive performers.

The reception totheir debut album Late Teens, released in March, surpassed even Press Club’s ownexpectations.

“We didn’t know what to expect because we wrote it and recorded it before we started playing shows and then unleashed it on the world and didn’t know if it would get picked up at all,” MacRae said.

“What put it in perspective for me was on release day we’d already sold 88 pre-sales and I didn’t expect to sell 10 records in the first fortnight.”

LIVE: Press Club making their Newcastle debut supporting The Smith Street Band at the Bar On The Hill in March. Picture: Paul Dear

The songs on Late Teens were written shortly after the band formed in mid-2016and was recorded by guitaristGregRietwyk in early 2017, overa year before the album was released.

During their formative phase the four members bunkered down in MacRae’s mother’s house while she was away to write songs and rehearse five days a week.

About 40 songs were written, which MacRae said were eventually culled down to 15 that everyone was satisfied with.

It meant that when Press Club exploded onto the scene they already sounded like a fully-formed outfit, confident in their sound and direction.

“We thought if we could churn out a large volume of material at least some songs would be passable,” he said.

Press Club return to the Cambridge Hotel on November 24.

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