HEART OF THE RAT RECORDS
NEW ALBUM 'THE WINDOW'
Most people first got to know Vincent Buchanan-Simpson as the voice of Hideous Sun Demon, the gloriously unhinged Perth band that crossed the country to claim Melbourne as their adopted home in 2018. But beyond that – and subsequent work in Perth’s Kitchen People and his punky solo outlet EUGH – Vin began recording sun-dappled jangle-pop under the name Terrible Signal.
Terrible Signal caught the ear of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard bassist Lucas Harwood, who released the project’s self-titled debut album in 2017 on his label Dusky Tracks. Once he’d settled in Melbourne, Vin expanded Terrible Signal from bedroom recordings to a proper live band, in the process evolving from sleepy-eyed Australiana to itchy, agitated power-pop.
'The Window' captures both sides of that equation. It revels in both high-arching pop melodies and scuffed garage-rock energy, while the recordings reflect both the band’s homespun origins (Vin plays most of the instruments on the album) and it's full-band development for live shows. It’s brisk and kaleidoscopic, soaring with pop hooks without ever cleaning up its act entirely.
Recorded at a house in Aireys Inlet with Casey Hartnett (King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Sweet Whirl) before being finished at King Gizz’s Flightless Studio and mixed by Mikey Young, 'The Window' slots happily into the proud lineage of Flying Nun jangle (especially The Chills’ baroque melodicism) and 1980s American college rock (from The dB’s to Game Theory). Vin was equally influenced by lush ’60s pop (Brian Wilson, Burt Bacharach, Glen Campbell) and ’70s English folk (Nick Drake, Pentangle, Fairport Convention).
'The Window' comes out October 2 (digitally) and in November (12" vinyl) on Heart of the Rat Records.
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