Artist info

Genre

Electronic, Indie


Sounds like

toro y moi, Bonobo, how to dress well


band members

Justin Walkden Shane Lock


Bio

When Problems released their debut EP For The Ages in 2014, they arrived with something to say. They defiantly refused to stick to the status quo of post-Flume electronic music, and those in the know took notice. 12 months on and the fire is still burning bright. ‘Titles’, the first taste of their follow-up EP, simmers more than it sears, but the message is still clear:

“’Titles’ is a narrative on life through the eyes of a middle-class hipster, wading through the infinite barrage of first-world problems whilst providing ambiguous observations on the intricate balance of interactions between friends and acquaintances (which are of little consequence), all set over up- and down-beat electronica with elements of pop and world music, the kind that you can listen to while riding the bus to work, doing the washing, or laying on the couch with ur iPad, trawling ASOS for ur next 'on sale' fashion purchase which saves you 40% on the RRP while demonstrating your ability to stay on point.”

Cynical words, but then these are cynical times.

The new single arrives after a flurry of activity for the Adelaide duo, who recently shared stages with the likes of Safia, The Griswolds and Tkay Maidza, following an appearance at the 2014 Electronic Music Conference in Sydney.

With tour dates in the pipeline to accompany their sophomore EP release, Problems will be aiming to make a firm mark on 2015. In the meantime, they have some final words of advice:

“Listen to Problems' new biz by any means necessary, indulge those overpriced, oversized, coloured headphones and embrace the moody radiance, show ur peers that ur online networks lead u straight to that underground sound that makes them envy your social pedigree.”

Listen to ‘Titles’ via Soundcloud:

Praise for Problems:

“When artists make music in the empty bandwagon of a passed genre trend, they’ve usually got something interesting to say. That is definitely the case with Problems and the late-2000s genre trend of choice, chillwave. They’ve got some space to themselves here, and they are owning it.” – In The Mix

“To simply file them along the ‘sounds like’ lines would do them a disservice – there’s a clear intellect and philosophy that accompanies their music, and it’s a mission statement that they’re not ashamed to shy away from.” – Purple Sneakers

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby ...

22 Jul 2014

Triple J
40

Strongest one yet from Problems. Got a really nice deep bass throb to it and some echoing guitar lines that leave it feeling sparse and airy.

Strongest one yet from Problems. Got a really nice deep bass throb to it and some echoing guitar lines that leave it feeling sparse and airy.

Review by Dom Alessio Dom Alessio

11 Mar 2014

Triple J
35

It's an intriguing mix of sounds and samples.

It's an intriguing mix of sounds and samples.