We all know the score by now - coronavirus cancellations and closures have hamstrung the local music community. Things do not look great, but a lot of people are doing what little they can to help, and in dire times a little can go a long way.
For one thing, Bandcamp are temporarily waiving their usual cut for purchases made through their site. For a full 24 hours, 100% of the dollars you drop there will land your fave band’s back pocket, so if you have a little something to spare and were thinking of grabbing a shirt or some vinyl or just a digital release to show your support, today until 5pm AEST is the day.
We’re not going to tell you how to spend your money, and we’re sure you’ve got your own ideas about who’s slinging the best gear, but here’s an in-no-way-exhaustive list of some very good options just to get the ball rolling.
Pinch Points' shirts are less merch than a uniform - pop one on and join the PP family. They’ve also strongly hinted on their socials that they’ll be dropping a new release tonight once the fee waiver come into effect. Silver linings? Please and thank you.
DREGG are clearly from another planet. Buy their shit and maybe they’ll invite you there when this one carks it.
Pre-order and the Sydney noise duo's new album Pray For Party Dozen comes with a limited edition shirt and a "hand poured soy/coconut wax prayer candle to enhance your listening pleasure". We’d have bought it anyway but we do very much appreciate solid perks.
Girlatones new album dropped today. It’s called Horn If You’re Honky and the cover is a cartoon roo wearing speed-dealers and driving a red muscle car. So you could listen to it or you could just hang it on the wall and let it bring some joy into your life.
Did you know the composer for breakout indie game Hollow Knight is from SA? Well, he is, and Bandcamp’s got his OST on vinyl. It got a wonderful, wistful high fantasy vibe that’s great for staring out the window for a little bit - and the boss battle tracks add some real drama to making a cup of tea.
Times are heavy, sometimes you want a soundtrack and wardrobe that reflects that. Dyssidia’s new record is so effective at melting faces even the deer on the cover has a flayed, smoking skull for a head. Dread Bambi takes pride of place on their Ts too, so that’s that covered.
Zoe Fox & The Rocket Clocks
Zoe Fox’s groovy retro-futurist pop is very end-times friendly. Direct statement from the artist: "I thank you dearly for purchasing my life's work for the price of a breakfast during these dire times."
Big fan of the wobbly ink stroke font. It's almost calming to look at. While you're putting your order in for the T you should pick up a copy of Amber Fresh aka Rabbit Island's vinyl re-release of Songs For Kids as well. They're intimate kitchen table recordings that are 'for children' the same way Aesop's Fables are.
Eliza & The Delusionals
Another great band with a brand spanking release out today. Most definitely buy A State Of Living In An Objective Reality and play the hell out of it in preparation for the Gold Coast rockers’ live Insta set as part of ISOL-AID over the next two days.
For more information about how COVID-19 is impacting the music industry, follow the link here.