Dead Finks: Bitter Pill

Self-recorded and self-produced between two different sides of the world, Thirroul, Australia and Berlin, Germany, Dead Fink Era, the splendid first album by post punk act, Dead Finks, sounds as diverse as the places from which it originated. The band is composed of the core of Erin Violet and Joseph Thomas, while some of the recordings on the album also include an early iteration of the band with Jack de Lacy and Jai Love. Dead Fink Era is released through Urge Records in Australia and the US, while Sp├Ąti Palace has it available on tape for the rest of the world.

In just 25 minutes and eight songs the album wavers between discordant post punk, lighter new wave and power pop moments, while it deftly sneaks in elements from droning ambiance, dreampop and garage rock.

"At first I sort of thought I had ideas for several different projects that we would work on simultaneously, but eventually we realized that channeling them all into one band made the most sense and could end up sounding interesting," Joseph Thomas comments on the apparent diversity. "I have always been a fan of artists who go in a lot of different directions and maintain a sense of unpredictability so I guess I wanted to emulate that a bit. Stuff like Dirty Beaches, Dean Blunt, Cindy Lee, John Maus…"

Leading track, Bitter Pill, comes closer to the band's rougher side, and easily sparks the interest for the multifaceted strangeness that is the rest of Dead Fink Era.


Cover art by Patrick Doherty

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