NEWCASTLE emo four-piece Sleepeaser are a band that is rapidly progressing. So it's no accident that their debut EP Everyone You Left Behind is about shedding oneself of the past and looking towards the future.
"This EP has a pretty personal theme about it," Sleepeaser vocalist and guitarist Jake Hewish said. "Each song will represent a part of the process. It's about recognising bad behaviour traits in relationships and friendships and growing out of these traits and becoming a better person.
"Everyone you left behind is implying what you leave behind when you transform yourself as a person."
Less than two years after forming, Sleepeaser - who also features Matt March (guitar), Levi Dallen (drums) and Madeleine Jackman (bass) - have supported international bands Hundreth and Mooseblood and released five singles, including the anthemic Patterns.
The four-track Everyone You Left Behind was recorded by Rhys Zacher at Glendale's Spinlight Studio and features the first single Pain Relief.
"I've always tried to make our choruses pretty big and easy to sing along to," Hewish said. "It's that pop-punk influence that comes through there.
"As far as the content and the mood of the songs, I suppose you could call it emo, but it's anthemic and a big sound with soaring guitars. We've tried to sound bigger than we are."
Everyone You Left Behind is released on October 1 followed by a launch show at the Cambridge Hotel on October 5, followed by dates in Port Kembla and Sydney.
In the meantime, you can also catch Sleepeaser at The Badger's Lair on Friday and at Wallsend's Hiss & Crackle Records on September 28.
BOUND FOR GLORY
NEWCASTLE punk-rockers Trophy Eyes will be part of the inaugural Out Of Bounds festival at Campbelltown Athletics Centre on January 18.
The festival is the brainchild of I Oh You label boss Johann Ponniah, who was born and raised in the south-west Sydney suburb.
The Out Of Bounds line-up also includes Illy, The Rubens, Mallrat, Waax and Alex The Astronaut.
NEW TEARS OF IM
NEWCASTLE fans will be among the first to hear former X-Factor winner Dami Im perform her latest single Crying Underwater live.
Im drops the track on Friday, which will be her first original single since 2016. She co-wrote Crying Underwater with Michael Tan and it was produced by Vera Blue collaborator Andy Mak.
Catch Dami Im at Belmont 16s on October 26.
STEWART D'Arrietta has spent 27 years as John Waters' "piano guy" revisiting the music of John Lennon.
What's less known is his acclaimed portrayal of American singer-songwriter Tom Waits. Since 2005 D'Arrietta has been performing Belly Of A Drunken Piano, which includes classics like Martha and Hold On, plus a range of laconic Waits anecdotes.
Belly Of A Drunken Piano comes to Lizotte's on September 21.
COBBLE together that disposable cash because the bi-annual Hunter Record Fair returns to Kotara High School on Saturday.
Vinyl's rebirth might have begun as a hipster trend, but it's expanded to the mainstream.
The Recording Industry Association of America predicted this week that vinyl record sales will overtake that of CDs this year for the first time since 1986.