EXEK, The Seven Ups and other local independent artists that we love this fortnight


By Tom Walters

Hello and welcome to our bimonthly column on independent artists. Head here if you missed the previous episode, featuring The Psychedelic Freaks, Quivers, and Flimsey Lohan.

Every fortnight, we bring together the best new Victorian bands and artists who are making waves online, underground and on the air.

For those looking to keep a listening ear with top emerging artists, this column will cover you every two weeks with Victoria’s best.

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Continuing the carpet trend this fortnight, veteran post-punks EXEK, who are back with their first new music in two years – an LP of tracks that date back to the somewhat normal days of 2015. If Carpet Burn is a bushy worn burgundy rugs in a timeless shared living room, then EXEK are perhaps the slightly less hectic rugs in one of the bedrooms.

Their post-punk sound is dreamy, ethereal and somewhat ambient – but no less edgy. “The Theme From Judge Judy” wakes up like a computer booting up for the first time in years; Albert Wolski’s voice creeping as filtered by VHS tape and floppy disk. There is a real breadth of sound on Fortunately they tore the carpet, and those who like the weirder, more left side of punk – especially ambient and krautrock (there are some big CAN vibes throughout this LP) – will find a lot to like.

Good Thing They Ripped Up The Carpet is now available. They set the record at the Thornbury Bowls Club. More information here.

Burn Mat

If you like your DIY pop music with a touch of humor, look no further than Carpet Burn. The band members are no strangers to Melbourne’s indie scene, performing in bands such as Blonde Revolver, Permits and Gutter Girls to name a few, and making excellent, quirky pop music on their debut EP, I can’t believe this ain’t a carpet burn.

The track that stands out has to be “Butterfinger Hands,” an anthem about letting things fall to the ground for those who feel their mind is somewhere else thanks to the previous year. It’s a wonderfully catchy guitar-pop song that takes the sound of the C86 and puts it through a rather ominous post-punk lens. One of the best indie EPs of the year so far? We certainly think so!

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Carpet Burn is now available Spoilsport Records.

The Seven Ups

Have a nice day out to underground funk legends The Seven Ups, who are back with a brand new album, The old world. One of many new records supported by the City of Melbourne’s COVID-19 Arts Grant, The old world is a funky cinematic odyssey that is a more proggier, heavier take on the sounds of the 1970s that Surprise Chef recently explored on their LP, Summer time.

The first thing you will notice The old world is how important brass is. Trombone and trumpet dominate this record, especially on ‘Hold Fast to the Void’ – an epic journey of psychedelic percussion and jagged guitar solos that sounds downright like King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard in full jazz. It really is a transport trick and another exciting outing for Melbourne’s burgeoning jazz scene.

The Old World is now available via Northside Records. They will throw the disc at Howler and the Westwood Hotel in July and August.

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