Melbourne alt-rockers Press Club continue to wave the feminist flag on their cracking new track Behave. With a vocalist as uncompromising as Natalie Foster you’d be amiss to expect anything else.
Picking up where tracks like My Body’s Changing and Suburbia left off, Behave showcases a tongue-in-cheek standpoint on traditionalist gender roles. “Behave just like a woman” heard in today’s social climate is a well deserved dig at the regression mindset unfortunately still held by fossils in the music industry.
Press Club layer past with the present on their new video for Behave, the latest single from their sophomore record Wasted Energy.
The band have also popped out a visual accompaniment to Behave. They warn that the video has some intense visual elements. Viewer discretion is advised if you suffer from photo-sensitivity.
The clip takes a home movie shot from bassist Rufio MacRae’s parents while driving around Melbourne in the 80’s and layers it with recent live footage from the band’s explosive performances around the globe. The effect is a nice full-circle moment.
Seeing what’s come before, compared with what’s happening now, it’s almost easy to see what’s to come from Press Club.
Press Club have moved from strength to strength over the last 18 months. From the release of their debut Late Teens, to their dazzling Like a Version performance, to massive sold-out hometown shows and extensive international touring, the band continue to be one of Australia’s more exciting musical exports.
All of this potential has culminated in a refined sophomore effort, Wasted Energy, released just last week. The record gives listeners more of what they’ve come to expect from the band from Late Teens. Whilst not being a departure from the previously defined sound, why fix what isn’t broken?
The new record delivers on all fronts. Lyrically, Natalie and the crew have given their legion of loyal fans another 12 tracks to reflect on love and loss, their own place in society and where they want to head from here.
The band are taking their brilliant sophomore effort on the road this Spring, so be sure to catch them while they’re in town!
Wasted Energy Australian Tour Dates w/ Johnny Hunter
Thursday, October 31st – UC Hub, Canberra ACT
Friday, November 1st – The Lansdowne, Sydney NSW
Saturday, November 2nd – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle NSW
Thursday, November 7th – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne VIC
Saturday, November 9th – Hobart Brewing Company, Hobart TAS
Friday, November 15th – Torquay Hotel, Torquay VIC
Saturday, November 16th – Westernport Hotel, San Remo VIC
Thursday, November 21st – Lion Arts Factory, Adelaide SA
Friday, November 22nd – Pelly Bar, Frankston VIC
Friday, November 29th – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave VIC
Saturday, November 30th – The Zoo, Brisbane QLD
Thursday, December 5th – Dunsborough Hotel, Dunsborough WA
Friday, December 6th – Lucy’s Love Shack, Perth WA
More info here.