Overseas Hype Watch: Royal Headache, Pond, Jezabels
News posted Wednesday, April 4 2012 at 11:00 AM.
Related: Royal Headache, Jezabels, Pond.
– Sydney’s Royal Headache have cracked Spin’s list of the five best new artists for April. The band, who topped M+N’s Readers Poll with last year’s self-titled debut, were included alongside the likes of Baltimore rock band Roomrunner, London singer Maya Jane Coles, New York rappers Children Of The Night and London sister-duo 2:54. Spin described them as approaching “the hooksmanship of '70s power-pop with sore-throated, sweat-spackled kinetics that's fully in step with their hardcore roots”. Royal Headache will be released in the US in May following a deal with What's Your Rupture.
– UK hype-merchants NME have lavished praise on Perth’s POND. The band have received a staggering, but not entirely unexpected 9/10 for their fourth album Beard, Wives, Denim, which we described as “a sunbaked sprawl that’s part classic-rock homage and part chortling piss-take”. NME described them as a “big bowl of fun”, saying, “If MGMT (with whom Pond have toured) had followed this path and made this album and not Congratulations, they would be the most adored band on the planet.” They also said it was “miles better than” Innerspeaker, the debut album by sister band Tame Impala. Read our interview with drummer Jay Watson, also of Tame Impala, here
– “A record that I loved so much that I immediately commissioned myself to review it for Rolling Stone in America,” so said David Fricke of The Jezabels Prisoner in a wonderful speech delivered at the Australian Music Prize (The AMP) in Sydney last month. That review has finally materialsed, with Fricke – who was sent a copy of the AMP-winning album by his goddaughter – giving it four stars and comparing it to “Björk leading a young U2”. Full review here.