Bent – Bless You

• “Bless You” set to a picture of the housing EP cover. Thanks to Bent – Topic.

8.7 “Excellent Post-Punk from Australia”

From their EP “Mattress Springs” (Emotional Response ER-45) released in April, 2017.

Bent were a 3-piece from Brisbane who existed for several years from 2011. For the last few years they were: Heidi Cutlack (vocals, bass), Glen Schenau (guitar), Skye McNicol (drums), all in their mid 20s when this, their final release, came out. Heidi now fronts Brick Brick, another 3-piece from Brisbane.

All good things must come to an end I suppose, but this is a real gem and I’m very glad to have found it. Seeing your crush is like sneezing; the human heart skipping a beat is likened to being dislocated by an achoo. Very poetic.

This is what the presser had to say about the EP:

Angular, post punk trio hailing from Brisbane, Australia. Swift on the heels of their startling CD Snakes and Shapes (Emotional Response), the band have a cracking dynamic follow up. Four tracks of inspired and skewed pop – raw and beautiful. Comparisons are inevitable, though potentially lazy, masking the bands originality. However, The Raincoats, Kleenex and early Slits may give you a suggestion of the bands sonic intent. Heidi’s vocals are joyous in delivery, almost primal in execution. Spacious drums, present a unique clatter and clang provided by Skye, freeing up the bass to provide rhythmic anchor. The guitarist, Glen, is remarkable; inventive and unhinged.

There’s a very nice interview with them at the dusted and social blog in 2015, some excerpts below:

Heidi: When the three of us come together we’re an unusual lucid dream team.

Skye: The tug and pull is so central to our dynamic (musically and as whole humans) that I’d be unsettled if we started playing crisp, tight, cemented versions of our songs. I know I sometimes fail to play the same thing twice. We’re all quite intense people and I think we’re at our best live when we meld all that energy into a taut band, and then twang it and let the bendy spasmatic droplets fly.

Glen: Being in the unique position of guitarist in a bass led three piece band, I guess I’m expanding from the Psy Ants template I was a part of a few years ago. Bent don’t need a feedback wizard, so I stick to little post-it guitar notes all over Heidi’s songs. ‘Ten fly partners in a rotten chicken cup’, ‘did I do that?’, ‘click clack’, stuff like that.

Bless them.

Heard on Lee Adcock’s June 2017 show on Dandelion Radio.

Get it at Bandcamp.

2019-09-19

Bent (l to r): Glen Schenau, Heidi Cutlack, Skye McNicol

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