HIEROPHANTS: Parallax Error: EP

From the same camp that brought you Eddie Current Suppression Ring, Total Control, Ooga Boogas, and Ausmuteants comes this wonderful slab of wax. The aforementioned bands give a nod in the direction these Aussies take, veering away from the traditional paths of “punk.” Fiercely individual, the album swings and grooves but also has a palpable nervous tension. Elements of The Fall, Squeeze, and any number of one-single wonders from the bleak English DIY scene of the late ‘70s. I love how the bands from down under have ignored the rules and just make arresting music. Fantastic. 

 –Tim Brooks (Aaargh! / Goner, goner-records.com)