Listen: Love of Diagrams - Story Up
Beloved Melbourne band Love of Diagrams release their first track in six years.
When I was in my first year at uni in 2004, Rough Trade Shops' Post-Punk and Counter-Culture Compilations were my listening bibles, and would provide an introduction to every band I’d go on to listen to on repeat for the next year. A few years later, I remember being stoked to come across an Aussie band, Love of Diagrams, using that kind of English post-punk tunefulness in their music; mixed with Melbourne underground garage scene feels. The trio, consisting of bassist/singer Antonia Sellbach, guitarist/singer Luke Horton and drummer Monika Fikerle, seemed to defy a lot of the worn-out Aussie rock out there with their inventive sound. For a good time I was all about their angular guitars and call-and-response vocals; their 2007 album Mosaic became a firm favourite… replaying the opening guitar riffs of Pyramid just now brought back aaalllll of the emotions.
They kind of fell off the scene around 2009, but now they’ve popped up today with a track, Story Up, with the announcement of an album, Blast, coming out March 6 on Bedroom Suck Recordings (tracklist below). Huge! Story Up was recorded in Chicago (the band have been based in the States on and off for a while now) and mixed in Melbourne with John Lee (Lost Animal). LOD’s talent is as undoubtable as ever with this simple, melodic, and raw track: guitars make a soaring ascent set to driving drums and rich bass. Just casually awesome.
Listen to the track below, along with a live performance of Blast-featuring track How You Run from PBS Drive Live last week, which shows Antonia's PJ Harvey-esque sedated vocals as strong as ever.
How You Run
In My Dream