Terry Return With New Album “Call Me Terry”
Due 14th April on Upset The Rhythm & Share New Single “Gold Duck”
Melbourne post-punk wags Terry return this Spring with their fourth album, Call Me Terry, due 14th April on Upset The Rhythm.
“Gold Duck” is the first single taken from the long-awaited new album, the new track is described as bringing you right up to date with their wobbly politico-pop.
The single is a class A toe-tapper that sees the band don fatigues and set their sights on the enemy. It’s a sure-footed bop of bounced keyboard lines and whirring guitar crank, the band’s gang vocal approach never sounding more resolute.
Terry’s Al Montfort says of the song, “Gold Duck is a song about how entitlement constrains change. Words are nice. Burn the flag.”
The attitude of Terry is captured in all its glory. Infectious beats and driving scales, layering the atmosphere with tweaks, turns, and this complex and unruly melody. The various vocal harmonies spark this inventive energy and help with the motion of this release and the various addictive elements that enthrall throughout. Terry combines this raw lyrical world with playful characteristics, and the chaos of the soundscape intensifies for the cathartic yet abrupt crescendo of the ensemble. When the ‘Gold Duck’ world erupts, the audience finds themselves desperate to be in the middle of a Terry track once more.
Terry is made up of pairs Amy Hill & Al Montfort, and Xanthe Waite & Zephyr Pavey who started playing together for the fun of it in 2016. Seven years, four albums and three EP’s later, Terry is ready to pick up the phone again. Over the past few years Terry have kept themselves busy – but not only with Terry things. On top of numerous releases with alternating side projects (Constant Mongrel, The UV Race, Primo!, Sleeper & Snake, Chateau, Rocky, the list goes on… ) members of Terry have moved interstate, undertaken studies, had children and started new fields of work.
Terry began sharing the demos for ‘Call Me Terry’ online with each other in 2020 – as we all did – before getting together in 2021 at their trusty rehearsal space to record the beds. Overdubs were completed at Terry’s homes over the following year. Lyrically, in true Terry fashion, the record wastes no time in scrutinising Australia’s corrupt, colonial history. They sing it loud and sprawl it across the jacket of this record, highlighting the greed, privilege and entitlement of white, wealthy “Australia” which they won’t stand a second for.
Musically, ‘Call Me Terry’ still has the classic Terry sound; the four vocals singing as one gang, sharp guitars and quirky, burbling synths, the rolling bass and drums, all amidst their clever, dancey pop songs. Since day dot it’s been hard to reference a band that really sounds like Terry, which is always amazing. Truly a sound of their own!
But the sugar on top here may just be some of their finest horn, string and piano performances to date – all of which never feel crowded, cluttered or over-involved. More just excellent, necessary melodies. Rest assured Al still gives his famed Fuzz Factory a workout – and throws his tremolo into the pedal chain. It goes off. Tremolo is the order of the day for Amy and Xanthe too who also embrace the wobble, whilst Zephyr keeps the pulse of their politico-pop anchored.
Terry isn’t afraid to call the shots and Terry isn’t afraid to point the finger. Listen to what Terry has to say. ‘Call Me Terry’ will be out April 14th through Upset the Rhythm.
3. Gold Duck
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