12 O'Clock Track: Holy Balm, "Take It" | Bleader

12 O'Clock Track: Holy Balm, "Take It"


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Australia's Royal Headache were in the States for a handful of dates last week—they played at the Burlington on Thursday, and I was lucky enough to share the stage with them on Friday in Madison, Wisconsin. Their spirited sets of Guided by Voices-leaning soul-pop were just another reminder that pretty much all the punk coming out of Australia right now is fucking excellent—the jangle of Eddy Current Suppression Ring, the twisted postpunk of Total Control, the down-and-out damage of Kitchen's Floor. Today's 12 O'Clock Track is from fellow Aussies Holy Balm, whose new full-length, It's You, comes out next month on R.I.P. Society Records, the label that's home to most of the bands I've mentioned.

"Take It" is a cold, dreamy electronic jam whose tempo falls somewhere between plodding and dancey. It plays out kind of like an awkward, herky-jerky version of a classic New Order number. Holy Balm are a far cry from their guitar-heavy scenemates, but their drum machines and synths communicate the same sort of freshness and attitude that makes all those Aussie bands so great.

Not Not Fun Records is handling the North American distribution for It's You.


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