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Money For Rope

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Melbourne psych-rockers Money For Rope will release their new album ‘Picture Us’ on the 8th of March 2019, following international tours which have previously taken in shows across Primavera Sound, Glastonbury & SXSW, alongside support slots for Courtney Barnett (also an early champion of the band). Details of a 2019 UK headline tour from Money For Rope in support of the new album are soon to be announced.

Spawned from the same fertile Melbourne music scene which has fostered not only Barnett but also other friends including King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard, The Goon Sax and Rolling Coastal Blackouts Fever amongst others, Money For Rope are releasing ‘Picture Us’ on the back of a dogged touring habit which has kept them on the road near constantly for the last four years. Entirely self-produced, mixed & mastered by the five piece - comprised of Jules McKenzie (guitars, vocals), Rick Parnaby (keyboards), Erik Scerba (drums), Chris Loftis (drums), Ted Dempsey (bass) - ‘Picture Us’ was recorded over the course of a single summer in Victoria, Australia in a beach house next to the Southern Ocean.

A sense of the careering urgency of Money For Rope live shows - powered by a pummeling rhythm section of not one but two drummers - bears out on ‘Picture Us’, which seldom eases the pace across its lean 30 minute span. Money For Rope teased the album earlier this year with advance track, the nervy ‘Earl Grey’. Informed in part by the abstract Richard Brautigan novel, ‘Trout Fishing In America’, which frontman & songwriter Jules McKenzie had come across, the track pays tribute to the roaring Bass Strait which separates Southern Australia and Tasmania. ‘Earl Grey’ arrived alongside a self-filmed video (also produced by Scerba) which captured the track’s air of menace - often boiling over into teetering washes of fuzzed-out guitar noise - with a blend of overhead & underwater footage in which the band play their guitars beneath the waves in the surf off Sorrento Beach in Victoria.

Throughout, ’Picture Us’ is shaped by the volatile stretch of coastline next to which it was written & recorded. Evidence of Aboriginal middens discovered nearby inspired the track ‘Trashtown’ - with a sound landing closer to psychobilly, it explores the wrestling of the area from its indigenous people and the changes wrought by the dominance of sea-freight & commercial fishing industries on the Southern Sea coast. Elsewhere, the slow-burn of bruised album opener, ‘Hold’, was built around a percussion track the band created by feeding the rattling sound of a box of old sailing boat parts through an old tape machine. Speaking about this kind of interplay, McKenzie says; “We wanted guitars to be keyboards, keyboards to be saturation, and drums to be folded over into themselves like tape worn away, like rocks eroded by the relentless southerlies blowing the ocean onto the land.”

Money For Rope are also carried by the ebb and flow of tides far beyond their native Australia on ‘Picture Us’. Fittingly for a band who’ve previously released a collection of their 7” singles (entitled ‘Been In The Wars’) made available only in Spain, ‘Look’ was inspired by a brief break from touring on the Spanish coast. Perhaps the heaviest track ever written in homage to Horchata, the split-tempo of ‘Look’ unfurls into a skyscraper chorus, collapsing under the weight of a monstrous groove. Elsewhere, other tracks sprung in part from British stints spent by the band in & around Seven Sisters (keyboard player Rick was so fond of London that he now lives there), whilst the insouciant surf-rock of blistered lead single ‘Actually’ was also hashed out on the road, during a Berlin heatwave.

Whilst everything Money For Rope does is buoyed by a freewheeling ‘Why not?’ attitude - including a mini tour across India, and McKenzie honoring various live commitments following a motorbike crash by performing from a wheelchair - don’t be fooled by that derisive band name. ‘Picture Us’ thrums with the promise of one of Australia’s most hard-working and charismatic new bands.