February 23, 2019




“Melbourne psych-rockers Money For Rope reach exuberant new heights

a strutting, lysergic-dappled effort from the fast-rising five-piece.” The Line of Best Fit

Melbourne’s Money For Rope have today shared the new cut, ‘Look’, taken from their forthcoming second album. Following a heavy period of international touring that saw them support their close friend Courtney Barnett on a run of dates and stop at Primavera Sound, Glastonburyand SXSW, Money For Rope will be releasing their new LP ‘Picture Us’ on March 8th 2019. As the release date draws ever-closer – and with a UK tour soon to be announced – the band are now sharing the latest single, ‘Look’. A piece of infectious garage-rock bliss clocking in at less than three minutes, the track rides a wave of wonky, lysergic guitars and offers a perfect insight into what Money For Rope do so well: jerking with ease between a youthful slacker nonchalance and raucous psych-tinged wig-outs.

Spawned from the same fertile Melbourne music scene which has fostered not only Barnett but also other friends including King Gizzard And The Lizard WizardThe Goon Sax and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever amongst others, Money For Rope are releasing ‘Picture Us’ on the back of a dogged touring habit which has kept them on the road near constantly for the last four years. Entirely self-produced, mixed & mastered by the five piece – comprised of Jules McKenzie (guitars, vocals), Rick Parnaby (keyboards), Erik Scerba (drums), Chris Loftis (drums), Ted Dempsey (bass) – ‘Picture Us’ was recorded over the course of a single summer in Victoria, Australia in a beach house next to the Southern Ocean.

A sense of the careering urgency of Money For Rope live shows – powered by a pummelling rhythm section of not one but two drummers – bears out on ‘Picture Us’, which seldom eases the pace across its lean 30 minute span. Throughout, the album is shaped by the volatile stretch of coastline next to which it was written & recorded but Money For Rope are also carried by the ebb and flow of tides far beyond their native Australia. Fittingly for a band who’ve previously released a collection of their 7” singles (entitled ‘Been In The Wars’) made available only in Spain, ‘Look’ was inspired by a brief break from touring on the Spanish coast. Perhaps the heaviest track ever written in homage to Horchata, the split-tempo of ‘Look’ unfurls into a skyscraper chorus, collapsing under the weight of a monstrous groove. 

Whilst everything Money For Rope does is buoyed by a freewheeling ‘Why not?’ attitude – including a mini tour across India, and McKenzie honouring various live commitments following a motorbike crash by performing from a wheelchair – don’t be fooled by that derisive band name. ‘Picture Us’ thrums with the promise of one of Australia’s most hard-working and charismatic new bands.

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