credit: Chiara Gambuto
Play it by the rules, stay on the cusp, ride against the tide, collide only when you’re exactly on the verge of precipitating… is it your daily routine or just a dream? Smalltown kids always strike back and this time they are ready for the city, wide-eyed, weary and nervous.
Qlowski's first tape released in 2016 (in Bandcamp’s best of the year) already showcased an uncommon post-punk sensibility, propulsive rhythms, a modern spin on kiwi-pop and a weird combination of dark punk, noise rock and flower pop. Something is shifting now, there’s a low thump rumble, a certain restlessness you can’t always wrap your finger around that permeates their new batch of songs, noise is creeping in, circular bass patterns laying down a foundation for echoes and feedbacks that highlight the growth and anxiety in Michele and Cecilia’s gut-wrenching vocal delivery. These kids man, I tell ya, talk about a knack for writing pristine songs… Television Personalities, Hannett’s production style, The Clean, Killing Joke, Aussie Punk? I give up, I’m gonna start calling them concrete-punk.