Bent: Mattress Springs 7"

Bent: Mattress Springs 7"


Tags: · 10s · australia · melodic · post-punk
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Angular, post punk trio hailing from Brisbane, Australia. Swift on the heels of their startling debut CD “Snakes and Shapes” (Emotional Response), the band have a cracking dynamic follow up. Four tracks of inspired and skewed pop - raw and beautiful. Comparisons are inevitable, though potentially lazy, masking the bands originality. (However, The Raincoats, Kleenex and early Slits may give you a suggestion of the bands sonic intent). Heidi’s vocals are joyous in delivery, almost primal in execution. Spacious drums, present a unique clatter and clang provided by Skye, freeing up the bass to provide rhythmic anchor. The guitar, (Glen), is remarkable; inventive and unhinged.

Our take: New 4-song EP from this Australian band. The label drops comparisons to the Raincoats and the Slits in their description, and I can definitely hear a lot of both of those bands in Bent’s sound. From the Raincoats, there’s the way that the songs seem to live in the interplay between the bass and drums, with scratchy-sounding guitar that sounds less like any guitarist you’ve ever heard and more like the Raincoats’ violinist. And then from the Slits, there’s Bent’s weird way of making music that somehow sounds like dub reggae without having a single thing you could point to and say, “that sounds like something from a dub track” (except, perhaps, for the way that the booming bass and drums dominate the mix). While these aren’t exactly pop songs, there’s a haunting, almost mesmerizing quality that keeps me coming back to these tracks. A really beautiful record.