Why launch one record when you can launch two? This was the hard-to-argue-with logic facing Perth folk rock artist Davey Craddock and Melbourne new wave guitar slingers Lip Sync Chicks who have decided to join forces and both launch shiny vinyl discs upstairs at the Gasometer on Friday October 12. They’ll be ably supported, musically and spiritually, by Sledgehammer and DJ Tess Monaghan.
Lip Sync Chicks present Looking For A Victim, the first single to be lifted from their debut LP, due in 2019. Looking For A Victim is a pulsating dose of new wave guitar music, a midnight hooligan burnout through suburban paranoia, taking aim at false fears and colliding with truths far scarier. As Triple J’s Dave Ruby Howe so aptly described “you'd almost swear that Johnny Marr was doing session guitar work and Martin Hannett was behind the boards”. The limited 7" release is backed with "Bring That Boy Back," a melancholic torch song in honour of Friday nights spent in. Both selections were recorded and mixed by Robert Muinos (Saskwatch, Dorsal Fins) in Melbourne, 2017-2018. Lip Sync Chicks formed in December 2016 to play a reduced, stylish brand of guitar music, bringing back snappy intros, songs structured like 1960s 45rpm singles, and tight arrangements. The result is an idiosyncratic take on '70s LA punk rock with a sliver of Northern England drama.
band of WA musical luminaries Davey write albums - how twee. These carefully-wrought collections of interlocking songs and characters have seen him consistently lauded by important people who are into that kind of thing. Rhythms Magazine have called One Punch “superb”, Paul Gough of Radio National fame called it “one of the absolute rippers of 2018” while Stuart Coupe, 2SER presenter and former manger of Paul Kelly, has declared it “astonishingly impressive”. Earlier this year, Davey and his band shared the stage with Augie March for two double album launch shows at North Fremantle pleasure palace Mojo’s Bar. His national tour includes stops at boutique festival delights Dashville Skyline and Out On The Weekend as well as intimate songwriter haunts right up and down the eastern seaboard. While his debut album City West saw Davey chronicle a boom town growing too fast and busting at the seams, One Punch is a more global record. Boofheaded masculinity, war mongering and surreal world events are all picked apart on songs that swing from dystopian Bad Seedsy rumbles (The Bomb From Broome) to classic jangly Australian pop (Holiday).