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Hard Rubbish

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1. Work In The Morning
2. Strange Beast
3. Dirty Flowers
4. Nullarbor
5. Grass
6. Friends Wait
7. How Low Can A Punk Get
8. White Walls
9. Close Enough

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Includes debut album 'Mean' originally on cassette as extra. Fire Records delve further in to the Australian underground with the signing of Melbourne-based four-piece Lower Plenty. Their transfixing LP 'Hard Rubbish' was voted Album of the Year 2012 on Aussie indie bible Mess + Noise. Named after a Melbourne suburb, Lower Plenty are comprised of some of the city's most talented musicians, the quartet of Daniel Twomey, Jensen Tjhung, Sarah Heyward and Al Montfort hail from various other bands such as Deaf Wish, Total Control, UV Race and The Focus. A departure from the harsher sounds of their other projects, Lower Plenty create beautifully melancholy, suburban-country music that's made (and often performed) while sitting around the kitchen table. Raw and delicate, 'Hard Rubbish' was recorded on eight-track reel-to-reel tape, often in just a single take. Their folk-tinged indie rock is flecked with experimentation whilst retaining a firm hold on some fantastically memorable melodies. With a non-traditional set-up of two guitars, drums and processed percussion with four vocals - Lower Plenty are set to take us on a very exciting ride. Both formats include the debut album 'Mean' released only on cassette in 2010. '... a whispered twilight haze that sets the record firmly in its realm of late night depressions, early morning blues and aimless heartbreak.' Mess'n'Noise // 'Hard Rubbish is unrelentingly bleak... But it's undeniably beautiful too. Cripplingly so.' The Vine

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Stripped-down indie-folk that's intimate, atmospheric, and haunting 5 April 2013
By Jack Tripper - Published on
Format: Audio CD
(This review is for the 9-track version)

Although originally released a year ago, 'Hard Rubbish' is just now becoming more widely available outside of Lower Plenty's native Australia, and hopefully more people will soon discover just how excellent it is.

The music here seems stripped to it's very essence, with the four members playing their mostly acoustic instruments in an odd, off-kilter way that's both eerie and inviting, depressing and blissful. The occasional male-female harmonies seem slightly off as well, giving the whole album a very dark, haunting atmosphere that makes for a captivating--if a bit bleak--listen.

"Strange Beast" is a good example of this haunting vibe, with it's lyrics, "Loneliness is the biggest killer of them all," perfectly encapsulating of the overall vibe of the album, a vibe that's not too unlike early Leonard Cohen, in that the darkness and weary, downbeat nature is somehow beautiful at the same time. The languid "Nullarbor" is another highlight, detailing a girl's long night on the town after leaving her boyfriend. The story is told in an off-the-cuff way that still maintains its poetry, with the minimal, shuffling instrumentation providing a mellow and intimate soundtrack.

While 'Hard Rubbish' may be only 23 minutes long, it's an emotional journey that's well worth hearing for those looking for something different. I guess it would be considered folk, but it really doesn't sound like anything I've ever heard. It's sort of the sound of a deep, meaningful conversation with a stranger late at night, the sound of driving home at 3 a.m. after a long night, and the sound of the next miserable morning all rolled into one. And it's a sound I definitely want more of.
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