Premiere: Soaked Oats share new single/video Don't Chew ahead of EP release

Premiere: Soaked Oats share new single/video Don't Chew ahead of EP release

The Dunedin indie-rockers will share their new EP, Sludge Pop, via Dot Dash on June 14th.

Over the last few years, there's been a distinct rise in this light-hearted indie-rock sound paraded by musicians like Mac DeMarco; charading often dark themes and strong songwriting in this happy-go-lucky and somewhat casual approach to music that feels a bit more relatable and personality-driven than anything else. It's been reflected in the wave of Australian surf-rock - think Hockey Dad, Dune Rats and Skegss-esque bands - and it's catching on across the Tasman in bands like Soaked Oats, who add a distinctly New Zealand twist to this sound to deepen it even further. Over the last two years, the Dunedin band have really grown alongside this sound; their percussive, guitar-backed sound finding its own lane as they cover LCD Soundystem's Dance Yrself Clean and chant odes to stoned fruit (their 2017 EP Stone Fruit Melodies features seven fruit-related tracks including Avocado Aficionado and Apricot Jam).

Signing to Dot Dash/Remote Control Recordings for the occasion, their forthcoming EP Sludge Pop - out tomorrow - is bound to further showcase Soaked Oats' charming sound as they experiment and evolve in sound, something teased in the EP's singles thus far - DriftworldShuggah Doom and Coming Up, now joined by one last EP tease, Don't Chew. Premiering today with its official video clip, Don't Chew is a moment more down-tempo and subdued, channelling acts like Kurt Vile as a pacing percussive section forms a slow backbone for the single's minimalist guitar melodies, which only really heat up in the chorus. It's something a bit different, but it caps a round of singles that have seen Soaked Oats continually deepen their sound and present something different each time, pushing them forward as one of New Zealand's most versatile and multi-faceted newcomers.

The EP is out tomorrow and there's a bunch of Australian tour dates planned through June which you can find below, but in the meantime, dive into Don't Chew and its Jake Munro-directed clip below:

Tour Dates: 

Wednesday, June 26 - The Bearded Lady, Brisbane
Friday, June 28 - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Saturday, June 29 - Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne

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