Australia has always seemed to birth solid alternative acts over the years, and in Press Club, it seems that we have yet another.
The Melbourne based four-piece shot onto the scene with their debut ‘Late Teens’ – a record which only came out little over a year ago – turning a fair few heads, before their dynamic, pumped-up live performances really got people talking.
Now they’re back (although seemingly never even went away) and armed with their explosive second album, ‘Wasted Energy’. Despite its title, the energy found on the record is certainly far from wasted. Right from the lightning-quick ‘Separate Houses’, their typical brand of spiky indie-punk feels super-charged and unpredictable, and to nobody’s surprise, that tone stays the same throughout the entirety of the record.
One of the main pulls of Press Club‘s sound is Natalie Foster‘s vocal performances – the sheer raw power of her voice ramps up snarly punk tracks like ‘Dead Or Dying’, ‘Chosen Ones’, and ‘New Year’s Eve’, only adding to the instrumental angst already pent-up instrumentally.
Speaking of which, there’s barely a moment where that isn’t equally as relentless. Frank Lees‘ kit must look like it’s been kicked to shit after recording this one, while bass grooves ride fast beats and scorching, flame-like guitars burn high and bright, particularly on the aptly named ‘I’m In Hell’.
Lyrically, Foster cries for change in a world that’s becoming increasingly disillusioned rarely lacks emotive power. From ‘Behave’‘s “Behave, behave just like a woman”, to ‘Get Better’‘s desperate claw of “This has to all get better / We have to all get better”, the vocalist’s frustration is voiced, and, across such rage-entangled tunes, feels both relative and potent.
While ‘Wasted Energy’ is, without doubt, highly erratic and fuelled, there are still moments where a more indie tone is taken. ‘Obsessing’ and ‘Same Mistakes’ have moments where they’d slot into a more lo-fi punk tone, before bursting into life right at the death.
As follow-ups go, and considering the minimal time off between releases, ‘Wasted Energy’ serves as another intense outing for Aussie power punks Press Club, and one that keeps their fire well lit.