Cool Sounds: Cassandra & Five Other Girls
Cool Sounds are a new Melbourne outfit fronted by maths whiz Dainis Lacey and featuring members of much-loved local bands including The Ocean Party, Ciggie Witch, and No Local. Their forthcoming album Cactus Country marks a shift towards country and ’70s soft rock, both of which are evident on first single ‘Cassandra’.
“It’s a different take on ‘Mrs. Robinson’,” says the band, “with snare drums and a bit more of a bellyache.”
To celebrate the cliche of naming songs after women, bassist Nick Kearton curated a playlist about five more girls and how he “met” them.
Teeth & Tongue
I was working at The Tote and Teeth & Tongue were playing upstairs for some reason, maybe it was a warm-up for another show? I was stocking the upstairs bar while they were sound checking and the melody of this song stuck in my head for ages. I walked around humming it all night not knowing what the track was and unable to remember where I’d heard it. I assumed I’d just written a smash hit melody, but sadly Teeth & Tongue had already written it.
It took me a long while to work out that this band wasn’t the Melbourne band
My girlfriend Rose’s mum and dad are in The Bats. I learned her dad’s bass line from
For a long time, I knew I was supposed to like Todd Rundgren, but when you buy his records second hand, it’s a total lottery. I thought everyone was faking affection for him at first until I got Something/Anything. It’s now apparent to me that he rules and most of the contemporary ’70s soft rock style music that people are into is just a Todd tribute. Go Todd.
Local music identity Tom Lyngcoln once said that everyone in my family have “cold dead shark eyes” and that the singer from The Walkmen also does. I was stoked to hear that because it’s obviously totally badass and I love The Walkmen.