Artist info

Genre

Indie, Punk, Rock


Sounds like

Wire, Public Image Ltd, Eddy Current, B-52's, Gang of Four


band members

Dale - Vocals Nate - Drums Chris - Guitar Yorey - Bass


Influences

Mindsnare


Website

Bio

On April 14, Sydney-based Life After Football launched “Top Order Collapse”, the harsh, but delightful first single from their self-titled, second EP.

Produced by Fletcher Mathews (Dear Seattle, Clews, Blue Velvet), the EP sees the four-
piece explore harsh light and shade, compared to their straight-forward 2018 debut EP. “Top Order Collapse” shows more restraint from the band than on the Goanna Eggs EP...until it doesn’t.

Although the sound has evolved, the dynamic of the band remains the same uncomfortable puzzle. The set-your-watch rhythm section continues to hold down the steadiest beat in New South Wales, while the bratty guitars and vocals fight for breath between jarring, infectious choruses.

“Top Order Collapse” is a pop song at heart, but gives a deliberate nudge to the hardcore
classics that the band members cut their teeth on. The pop layering of the song speaks to the musical nous of the band, yet has an immediate energy that feels like it could have been knocked out in 20 minutes.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Life After Football song without the hooks, bittersweet tone, and sharp lyrics that poke fun at things like the embarrassment of sleeping on your guitarist’s couch for five weeks while your life is upended, to beg the question of whether “Top Order Collapse” was the best summer ever, or just bloody miserable?

For fans of Eddy Current Supression Ring, Bloc Party, Gang of Four and Hatebreed... I guess?

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

26 Apr 2019

Triple J
40

you fit a heap of attitude and brawn into 2:35 without having to go too turbo, goooooood one.

you fit a heap of attitude and brawn into 2:35 without having to go too turbo, goooooood one.

Review

Review by Zan Rowe Zan Rowe

23 Apr 2019

Triple J
40

Balancing a sense of urgency with total control. Boom, you did it.

Balancing a sense of urgency with total control. Boom, you did it.

Review

Review by Gemma Pike Gemma Pike

18 Apr 2019

Triple J
40

Propulsive post-punk. This cuts harder than Gilchrist on the back foot.

Propulsive post-punk. This cuts harder than Gilchrist on the back foot.