Launceston's Slag Queens release debut EP

The debut EP from Launceston's Slag Queens was launched in Hobart this month.

The debut EP from Launceston's Slag Queens was launched in Hobart this month.

It could be said that the epitome of DIY home recordings is the unintentional incorporation of street soundscapes that make a listener feel like they are sharing a room with the artist. 

Local post-punk heroines Slag Queens welcome listeners into their home and have embedded their debut EP, Sad Things You Find on the Street, with the wistful sound of cars zipping along Launceston’s Invermay Road. 

The record’s final track is a seven-minute long podcast that reflects on the quality of take-away shops along the Invermay strip and incorporates impromptu vox pops from residents that add colour to contrast the Twin Peaks-vibe of a low-fi, instrumental backing track. 

Tracks including Sister and Weight are straight-up garage-punk bangers but Nasty employs gauzy vocals to add edge to the album’s ballad. 

Slag Queens are vibrant live performers and trade instruments and vocal responsibilities like a well worn second-hand jumper. 

Their songwriting touches on themes of religion, sexuality and inequality without coming across like a current affairs program that divorces the listener from inner-reflection. 

Overall, the album is a prime example of how isolation and desolation can be utilised as a strength rather than a setback for bands based in regional areas.

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