Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop


Sounds like

stephen malkmus, Pulp, talking heads


band members

Ian Powne - lead vocals and guitar, Pascalle Burton - keys/synth, Jane Elliott - bass, Phil Usher - drums


Influences

The Fall, Dave Graney, talking heads


Bio

Described by Time Off as a 'criminally underrated band', The Stress of Leisure, originally a nom de plume for Ian Powne's home recordings, began somewhere in the afternoons of 2003. Since then, four albums have been released; The Stress of Leisure (2006), Hour to Hour (2008), Soft Approach (2010) and Cassowary (2012); as well as the 7" single Sex Time (2011). The sound is definitively antipodean, however changeable depending on mood. Commentators have written of a Flying Nun influence, Talking Heads twitchiness, David Bowie voicings, Pavement and Go-Betweeny sounds, Pulp emotings, Mark E Smith spit, King Missile derivation, Lou Reed posture, Postcard Records and post-punk this and that. Lloyd Cole has even been mentioned. The Stress of Leisure is heavily influenced by the weather specific to their small part of the world in isolation: tropical, suddenly violent, sunny, full of ripe sunsets, sometimes damn uncomfortable. We like music like that too. Also hard wired personnel like Mark E Smith, Dave Graney and countless other fanatics who stay true to their cause and keep making music.

Review

Reviewed by Steph Hughes Steph Hughes

29 May 2012

Triple J
40

Laidback local pop with the cleverness and nuance! Feeling some Malkmus in this one but you guys work fairly diversely on the thought-out pop spectrum. This one's been underlined on my special music list today, thanks guys!

Laidback local pop with the cleverness and nuance! Feeling some Malkmus in this one but you guys work fairly diversely on the thought-out pop spectrum. This one's been underlined on my special music list today, thanks guys!