06.10.2015 — “Safety Matches” by Deafcult


If you only listen to one song today, make it “Safety Matches” by Deafcult (2015, from the Deafcult EP).

Deafcult is a shoegaze/noise pop sextet from Brisbane. They formed in January of this year, and their members have come from other Brisbane bands. Most notably, vocalist Innez Tulloch comes from the glorious shoegaze outfit Roku Music, who released my favorite Australian album of 2014, which was also my overall #11 favorite album of the year.

Not long after their formation, Deafcult released their self-titled debut EP on May 18. They’ve turned a lot of heads and a lot of people are ecstatic that another shoegazing band has come out of Brisbane to interrupt the long parade of Australian shoegaze torchbearers from Melbourne. I’ve certainly written about a bunch of those. To be fair, I’ve also already written about a bunch of Brisbane shoegazers.

I don’t know anything else about this band. I learned about them just today because of an email newsletter I’m subscribed which focuses on Australian indie music. If you’re not already subscribed to Happy, you should be. They’ve been an invaluable resource for me and a conduit to loads of good Aussie and Kiwi music that I would have otherwise never known about.

Every song on Deafcult is amazing, and there’s really no reason that I chose to highlight this one instead of any of the others. Here it is:

“Safety Matches” by Deafcult

Everything about this. Yes! It’s got all the fuzz and the dreaminess and the coed vocals. It’s clear that there’s some heavy influence from Slowdive. There’s a very delicate way of hitting us with total sonic annihilation while making it feel like a gentle blow. Like a NERF sledgehammer.

There’s a slower, softer instrumental bit that runs from 1:15 to 1:58, and I really like it. It’s gentle, and lovely, and wrapped in bubble wrap, and floating in space. Then everything comes back in and the fuzz and delay get heavier, and you don’t even realize how much noise they’re making.

Above all, though, it’s the coed vocal harmonies. It’s quite a bit like Halstead and Goswell. For me, those harmonies are the star of the show. The glorious noise is an added bonus.

Hopefully this newly formed band has a lot more like this in the future. For now, you can get a digital download of Deafcult at Bandcamp by naming your price here.

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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