“But make no mistake, where there’s a new directness to Press Club, there’s still plenty of warmth, colour and personality. Opener ‘Separate Houses’ feels like sticking your thumb in the mains – in a good way.” – Kerrang!
Press Club’s sonic calling cards are all present on new album, Wasted Energy: the fuzz addled, ‘kicked-in speaker’ bass of Iain MacRae and guitar tones of Greg Rietwyk harmoniously interlacing one another symbiotically, the merciless drumming of Frank Lees that seems it will stop at nothing, and the emotionally charged, truthful vocal deliverance of Natalie Foster. Two singles have been taken from the self-produced Wasted Energy so far. ‘Get Better’, and ‘Thinking About You’ which scored an addition at Australia’s triple j radio and landed on a bevy of Spotify playlists (New Music Friday in US, UK & Aus/NZ amongst others).
Wasted Energy follows on from acclaimed debut album, Late Teens, which thrust the group into life on the Australian and European touring circuits. Press Club have garnered a reputation as one of Australia’s heaviest touring bands. They have tormented their home country’s infamous burden of distance by playing over 200 shows in every Australian state and territory in just two years. The band built a foundation at home by playing alongside contemporaries in the formidable new wave of Australian rock and roll, WAAX, Slowly Slowly, Ceres and DZ Deathrays. Not to mention gracing the stages at some of Australia’s most reputed festivals – Bigsound, Falls Festival, Festival of the Sun, NYE On The Hill, Melbourne Music Week, Yours & Owls and Fairgrounds.
The band embarked on their maiden run of international dates in April 2019. Their sold out shows in London, Zurich, Glasgow and Edinburgh and were punctuated with festival additions across the continent (The Great Escape, Belgium’s Groezrock, Liverpool Sounds City, Manchester Punk Festival & Glasgow’s Stag and Dagger Festival). And the band’s appearance at Reeperbahn rounds out 5 weeks of touring the UK and Europe which kicked off with Reading and Leeds Festivals.
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 19
Hakken (Clubhaus St. Pauli)
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 20
THE AUSSIE BBQ Reeperbahn Festival