Recorded throughout 2010 and 2011 by Josh Bach, James Tulczyn and Thomas Mendelovits in various studios and living rooms around Melbourne, Zingers realises the dreams of deep, cosmic production hinted at on earlier Milk Teddy releases (Going to Sri Lanka 7” on Knock Yr Socks Off Records and the Extra Texture cassette on Totem Tapes).
At times recalling Lou Reed, The Feelies and Television Personalities, Zingers runs through the first-wave punk inflections of the title track and the blissful new wave of ‘Suburbs Mystery’, while ‘Michael’ hints at doo-wop and the album's closer ‘Come Around’ at acid-fried futures. Throughout, the album is filled with anti-confessional songwriting and the soulful, curious and high-reaching playing of Milk Teddy’s five in-tune members.
Zingers delivers swatches of flange, phase and other secret sonic treats, while Thomas’s thoughtful, euphoric tenor vocal is pushed to the fore and backed by the band’s trademark strains at classic underground guitar pop.
1) Zingers 2) Suburbs Mystery 3) I Can Hear It When You Sing 4) Going to Sri Lanka 5) Porcelain Skin 6) XTC 7) Secret 8) Michael 9) Night Worker 10) Come Around
Knock Yr Socks Off Records started life way back in 1997 as a tape label. It progressed to releasing records courtesy of
affordable small run lathe cuts by Peter King. Finally, after putting out more lathe cuts and CDRs, it made the jump to quality pressed vinyl in 2007 and that is where it stays focussed today....more