HIEROPHANTS: “I Don’t Mind” b/w “The 16th”: 7”

What is it about the Southern Hemisphere? Why are Aussies and their neighbors so good at post-punk and jangly garage stuff? Is it because they never overdo it; the guitars and drums propulsive but never aggressive? Is it because they know organ is something you should add to every song? Should we all work towards eventually living in a place where it is summer in December? Hierophants are convincing, good-time party people on side A and convincing, gloomy realists on side B. I just read an interview with one of the band members and he said that mohawks, studs, and tardiness are the most unpunk things ever. Sold.

 –Matt Werts (Goner, goner-records.com)