• Steve Jenkins

Bench Press Announce New LP & Single


Melbourne post-punks Bench Press will release their debut, self-titled album via Poison City Records on August 25th. Today, the band release single 'Burning Up' which is a sparse and irresistible insight into their LP. 'Burning Up' is a slow-burner, a gurner, all heavy bass and sharp, striking clean guitars. It is pared back in the most confronting way, but no less mesmerising or catchy for it. The occasional call-and-response vocals are haunting. Meandering lead parts exasperated yet powerful. An appeal to reason. Don’t lose your cool! Just build up!

Watch and listen to the new track below:

Recorded and mixed over the summer of 2017 by Matt Chow and mastered by Mikey Young, Bench Press's debut album straddles the sound of classic post-punk while translating as exciting and youthful. Vocalist Jack Stavrakis muses, "lyrically this album is all about introspection - looking closely at yourself and being honest about your own situation in an attempt to better understand how you feel - to learn from this and to be the best you can be.” With the release of tense first track 'Group Anxiety', Bench Press picked up a tidy across-the-board RTR Radio add. One observant music director declared 'sounds like Cosmic Psychos doing early Talking Heads.' We're inclined to agree, loud-quiet-loud. bold, brash and brittle. Catch the band as they get on the road through August and September, including club shows with Batpiss, Gareth Liddiard and a slot on the huge Brewtality Festival line-up.

Pre-order debut LP 'Bench Press' now:

Physical LP/Vinyl - https://poisoncityestore.com

You can catch Bench Press at the following tour dates:

Saturday August 5 The Bendigo, Melbourne Brewtality Festival Appearance Friday August 25 The Tote, Melbourne With Batpiss, Gareth Liddiard Friday September 1 Karova Lounge, Ballarat With Batpiss Saturday September 16 Weekender Fest, Melbourne With Clowns + Wet Lips + The Pink Tiles + Hoodlum Shouts + more! Saturday September 23 The Old Bar, Melbourne (Album Launch Date!) With Horace Bones + TV Haze + Local Coward Friday September 29 Polyester Records, Melbourne Free/ All-Ages Instore


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