Q&A Scene: Bench Press

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

‘Group Anxiety’ is our debut single leading into an album which will be out later this year with the help of Poison City Records. It’s about being a bit claustrophobic but not relenting to stress and bad habits, quick and tense but triumphant at the same time.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time? (your own or your group’s work)

This being our first release that a no brainer, this song! Play it loud!

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

The entire process of recording the album was one big excellent getaway. We spent three busy days working in an amazing space out country near Castlemaine plugging away in the summer heat. With the help of our pal Matt Chow on the desk everything just rolled on awesomely and we actually managed to get a lot more than we had originally hoped for down on tape or hard-drive or y’know. At night we were accommodated at our guitarists family home, right down to excellent home cooked meals awaiting us at whatever hour we packed up. Ten out of ten experience.

What, or who, inspires you?

Musically, a breadth of stuff new and old. Hopefully what comes out just sounds like Bench Press, but having said that, our newest song we wrote a few weeks ago was pretty directly sparked by listening to some early R.E.M.. Go figure.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Billy Idol’s ‘Hot in the City’.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

Like a cheap sausage. Made up of all kinds of odds and ends, some of them definitely questionable, but overall a damn satisfying experience. Also, bangers.

What’s next for you?

Following the single release party this Thursday 26th at the Grace Darling we’ve got a great line up of gigs which should have us in fighting form for the full album drop in a few months time. We couldn’t be happier with how it sounds and are just itching to get it out there; ten whole songs that’ll take you on a roller coaster ride from shirty to outraged and back again. Following that I guess we’ll finally branch out from being so Melbourne-centric and take the show in the road!

What’s your scene?

You’ll likely find us spending our time the Old Bar in Fitzroy, number one venue to both play and to see gigs! This place is a vital cornerstone in Melbourne music as far as we’re concerned; they’ve been of huge support to us since we played our first show there last year and is just full of excellent people. Support local music all the time.

About Bench Press

“…you’d be a drongo to not see them at least once.” Beat Magazine

Continuing a run of top notch recent releases from Batpiss, Cable Ties, TV Haze and Mere Women, Melbourne’s cult Poison City label is stoked to welcome Melbourne post-punk quartet BENCH PRESS to the family. The likeable foursome have a debut LP in the works, but for now they’ve drip-fed us a video for their single ‘Group Anxiety’ and a nice Melbourne launch show.

‘Group Anxiety’ chugs along with vibrant bass tones and bright, clean guitar sounds. Brash and brittle vocals. Propelled forward by a constant rhythmic groove, ‘Group Anxiety’ lurches between cool, simplistic restraint and an explosive chorus, with guitarist Morgan Griffiths injecting the perfect amount of chiming, loud-quiet-loud dynamic. “Hand in hand, back and forth, worse and worse.” This is a cathartic exercise. Lyrically, it revolves around the simultaneous surrendering and enabling of anxieties through the dynamics of share-house living. This microcosm extends to the increasingly claustrophobic, rapidly-expanding experience of modern urban living. This is reflected in the busy imagery of the video which premiered today via Noisey.


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