Melbourne indie-punk outfit Mount Defiance are gearing up for the release of their debut album, 'Everything's Always Been Perfect', next month by sharing a taste of it in the form of new single 'The Pits'.
With lines like 'going off like a prawn in the sun', 'The Pits' features that classic, nasally Aussie accent, with jangly, rambunctious guitars that has an '80s vibe but feels ultra modern with a twist of DIY - think somewhere between Jebediah, The Go-Betweens and The Smith Street Band.
After honing their songwriting with two self-released EPs, 'Learning Derb' (2016) and 'Yankee Flat' (2017), the album demonstrates the band's mix of indie, punk and emo.
Singer-guitarist Ed Tripodi paints intricate pictures drawn from personal experience, delivered in his signature Australian sneer. "We recorded the album over a week at Homestead Students in Mount Helen (paradise)," Ed says.
"We did the last EP there, but making the album was a different ball game. There's a lot more guts in the middle of these tunes and we really knew what we wanted sonically going in. We are rapt with what we've made.
"'The Pits' is a song about a friend of mine, who battles with anxiety, experiencing highs and lows," continues Ed.
"At their worst they feel small and helpless. At their best they feel like the champion of the world; pride of their goddamn hometown."