Written by Josh Sudman
The Australian coast is not unlike the California coast - constant sunlight, eternal warmth, and waves for days. The similarities are not only in scenery but in scene; surf rock has arrived in Australia. Over the past decade, the post-punk revival movement in Australia has transformed into a hub of power chords and jangly riffs. “Drove Down”, the first track off of Full Ugly’s LP, Spent the Afternoon, exemplifies the singular tone Australia has developed.
With the release of their LP through Bedroom Suck Records, Full Ugly has become a unique voice among Australian DIY bands, pairing misunderstood angst with upbeat instrumentals. Although the music draws from the surf rock of the United States and United Kingdom, the echoes of reverb and twang on “Drove Down” have resonated just as strongly in Melbourne music communities. Full Ugly and fellow Australian bands, including The Stevens, have even begun releasing music on 7” Records as a testament to the vinyl age. It seems the Australian garage scene has metamorphosed, now in full embrace of a surf rock vibe in harmony with the natural beauty of the Gold Coast.
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