Australia’s These New South Whales are many things: a band, a TV show, an experience, a phenomenon. Taking influence from punk, metal, new wave, and goth, the foursome formed in 2011 earning an early reputation in Sydney’s underground punk scene as an obscenely compelling act.
Live, they wore nipple tape and coughed up sonic hell-scapes with deeply-pitched vocals, jarring loops, and screaming guitars. All against a backdrop of smoke machines and hammering strobe lights.
In late 2017, the band released their debut album You Work For Us. The record raised eyebrows for its assertive sound and thoughtful and candid lyricism. FBi named it their Album of The Week, Rolling Stone called the record “restless and raw”.
These New South Whales kicked off 2019 with a run of summer festivals in Australia and a headline tour of the UK, featuring festival appearances including Hit The North, Live at Leeds and The Great Escape. The touring was accompanied by the release of their first new music since 2017, including singles Nerve 2 Reverse, and In The Light of Day. These infectious and punchy tunes show yet another development in songwriting and a slightly sunnier sound for the band—or as they put it, “We’re interested in growth. It’s punk but it’s not punk.” With season three in the works, and more music including their latest record, I Just Do What God Tells Me To Do, released in late 2019, These New South Whales’ future is looking set for good things.