Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Australian band Outrun offer up "Out Of The Ashes"


When you read that a new band is following in the footsteps of The Presets and Cut Copy you're bound to take notice (especially if it comes from a credible source, not a mixtape in your inbox lol). Outrun come from Britain's prison island (hehehe) so they are allowed inclusion of this Britblog...

Now I should probably address this because I make that joke every time we have an Aussie band on the site... here's why if you didn't already know (courtesy of Wikipedia):
"After sporadic visits by fishermen from the immediate north, and European discovery by Dutch explorers in 1606,[9] the eastern half of Australia was claimed by the British in 1770 and initially settled through penal transportation to the colony of New South Wales, founded on 26 January 1788. The population grew steadily in the following years; the continent was explored, and during the 19th century another five largely self-governing Crown Colonies were established."

Ok, now that we have that sorted, I think these guys are a nice addition to the stream of wicked dance rock that's come out of Australia. It's a dark instrumental with a smooth almost lounge-y vocal , the drums take a cue from "Blue Monday", and there's bright electro madness bubbling from underneath... take a listen for yourself!

Outrun- "Out Of The Ashes"

Here's some press...
Combining the infectiousness of The Presets, the pop sensibility of Tran Ams, and the new-wave soul of New Order, Melbournes Outrun are the most exciting new act to emerge from Australians burgeoning electro scene in 2008.

Beginning its incarnation in Torquay, coastal Victoria, Outrun evolved out of the shared ambitions of old friends and founders Dan Preston and Josh Armistead (TeamYes!, Slazenger). Initially bonding through early experimentation with fast drums and power synth riffs, as well as a shared love of Trans Am, Giorgio Moroder, and soundtracks from B-grade 80's videos, the pair would only form Outrun after coincidentally reuniting in 2006 while on separate road trips through Nevada. Resolving that upon returning to Australia they would reignite their sound machines, soon enough they were producing solid dance floor material, channeling influences as diverse as Daft Punk, David Bowie, Aphex Twin, Joy Division, Goblin, Kraftwerk, John Carpenter, Brian Eno, and Roxy Music. With bass player Mark OKeeffe joining the group to make a trio, Outrun have gone on to become regulars on the Melbourne/Sydney club scene, playing alongside the likes of Muscles, The Emergency, WOW, Young & Restless, Cassette Kids, Infusion, The Dardenelles, and The Phillips Sisters.

Brash and catchy with an unsuppressed affection for retro synthetics and icy italo ambiance Outruns debut album FutureNature is one of the years most exciting Australian debuts. Apocalyptic lead track Out Of The Ashes traces unpleasant times of burning out and messing up, only to be reborn a better and more powerful creature. The tightly-wired and somnambulistic Runnaround laments of a detached lover, while When The Light Goes Down is draped in cosmic chic. Others tracks, such as the anthemic Dirty Minds and Overdrive, are nothing more than straight-up, late-night party fuel.

Hypnotic, hip and wholly danceable, Outruns FutureNature is an explosive debut from a group who are set to follow The Presets, Midnight Juggernauts, and Cut Copy, as the newest stars of Australias thriving dance-rock movement.


Find out more at www.myspace.com/outrunmusic! Be back soon!

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