Melbourne modernist trio AM Reruns announces its debut self-titled LP, due out on 9 August and, on vinyl, from 23 August. Conceived by guitar player and singer Andy Campbell, AM Reruns’ 10 tracks of mod guitar music marry classic pop intros to the hyper-compressed structures of Red Bird 7″s: each song is brief, thrilling, noisy and vital. The result is an idiosyncratic take on ’70s L.A. punk rock with a sliver of Northern England drama.
Formed in December 2016 as Lip Sync Chicks — a nod to the Replacements — the band took its cues from iconoclasts Johnny Marr, The Only Ones, and The Plimsouls, with a dose of heady escapism from teenage dramas Buffy The Vampire Slayer and The O.C. Opening with its defining statement, the midnight pulse of “Looking For A Victim” — a Marr-tinged riff tapping into a rich vein of ’80s post-punk — the album shows off the band’s eclecticism, skirting proto-punk on its latest single, “Vicious”; Mats-esque romance on “Bad Time Child”; and L.A. power pop on “Dial-in Static”. The LP includes appearances by Baby Blue’s Rhea Caldwell (“Slow Learner”) and MAGNETS’ Siobhan McGinnity (on the Everly Brothers-inspired “Formal Night”). At 31 minutes in length (the same running time as A Hard Day’s Night), AM Reruns’ is a timeless sound: a new-wave, rock’n’roll rush for a new generation.
The LP follows the band’s debut 7”, Looking For A Victim b/w Bring That Boy Back, included in Erica Dunn’s “Best of 2018” rundown on PBS FM’s “Mixing Up The Medicine”. To kick off 2019, Capitol Records and L.A. rock-scene veteran Bruce Ravid added “Looking For A Victim” to the playlist of his syndicated U.S. radio show “Go Deep With Bruce Rave”.
AM Reruns are: Andy Campbell on guitar and lead vocal (best known as guitarist with Melbourne staples Jim Lawrie, Nat Vazer, and Box Rockets); Daniel Parsons-Jones on the bass guitar and harmony vocal; and, since February 2019, Shauna Boyle on the drums (from iconoclastic punk rock group Cable Ties, Jackson Reid Briggs & The Heaters, and Customer).
1. Looking For A Victim
2. Slow Learner
3. Thrill Me
4. Dial-in Static
5. Campaign Against Moral Persecution
7. Winding Down The Dream
8. Bad Time Child
9. Formal Night
10. Bring That Boy Back
Tickets at the door on the night.
Thu Sep 12
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm