Having finally reached the golden milestone of 15,000 views on Slumped, I decided to reward myself with a day off yesterday. I figured that there is no better way of celebrating people visiting your blog than by alienating them and failing to provide new content. After a wild celebration that included Diet Pepsi and Jacob’s Crackers I’m back from the wilderness to present you with a pretty unique brand of Britpop inspired Australian indie.
Antonio Paul have, unbeknownst to me, been around for quite a while. The Bunbury-based duo have two EPs to their name, both filled to the brim with delicious feel-good pop music. This week sees them featured on Triple J’s Unearthed station and brought to the attention of their domestic and international fan base. Today’s track ‘City Dreams’ comes from the band’s ‘Treasures’ EP.
There is something quintessentially British about Antonio Paul’s sound. Whether it is the almost Northern twang in Marc Antonio’s voice, the scratchy guitars or just the general indie demeanour of the band, there is certainly more than a hint of The 1975 et al about them. ‘City Dreams’ encapsulates this during it’s four minute journey of jumpy pop complete with garage-rock backing chants. There is a rawness in Antonio Paul’s sound, a legitimacy that manifests itself through the imperfection in their production, it may not be the cleanest, crispest song you hear today but you don’t want that from these two, or the genre as a whole. You want to revel in their love for music and the energy it creates and as any of their tracks will prove, it creates a whole lot. Dreamy keys and harmonious vocal help soften the pumping drums and aforementioned guitars, leaving a lovely balance of likeability and intensity. Antonio Paul are without doubt one of my favourite finds since Slumped started nearly a year ago and I can’t wait to hear what they come up with next.