So I’ve been a big ol’ fan of these boys for a fair bit. Since they first started a couple of years ago, through to last year’s signing to I OH YOU, to say that Melbourne’s City Calm Down have progressed a bit would be a freakin’ understatement. They’re still doing the moody, live dance vibe, but man, everything is so much more confident and tight.
At first, I was a little unsure about this new tack ‘Speak To No End’, but man, it really does have everything you’ve come to expect from a CCD track. That massive euphoric chorus, that slick slick slick bass line, and Jack Bourke‘s amazing vocal tone. And I love how the end isn’t just a big old jam out of the chorus. I like all that distortion that finishes the track, that manic distorted line that echoes Jack’s rather manic yelling.
The track is the first of two singles from the band’s debut full length. The second single, ‘Pavement’ is due out early next year.
As I heard it described a couple of days ago by maamf mate Nick Clarke over on the Poncho podcast, these guys are a career band. And, I think i’d have to agree. They do do that party dance stuff, but they create room in each release, so as to suggest a longer, more sustainable career than a lot of those other party bands.
I’lls are a great little Melbourne band doing some killer moody layered pop. The guys have just signed to Yes Please and are set to release their new EP, A Warm Reception on May 21. The first cut from the release, ‘Plans Only Drawn’ sounds like some excellent Radiohead-styled weird noise guitar gem. It’s an incredibly warm bit of production too, and strangely uplifting.
You can stream ‘Plans Only Drawn’ below.