“Do you believe in karma? Do ya? Do ya?”
The first words we hear from Body Type are accusatory, playful, coy. They dare you to look them in the eye. To pay attention.
These words come that came from ‘Ludlow’ seem too good to be true. It makes a racket while staying astonishingly controlled; the vocals sound more like a sample from fifties cinema than anything recorded in this decade, so deliberate and devastating in their delivery.
Follow up single ‘Silver’ brought a second killer in the bag for the ascendant four-piece. It’s more wistful than what we’ve heard from the band so far. “Everyone you know is turning silver,” sings Sophie. It’s about ageing, and change, but ‘Silver’ isn’t a sad song – it’s pretty and complex and filled with joy.
‘Arrow’ (recorded and mixed by Antonia Gauci and mastered by Jess Cooper) followed. The song immerses the listener with dreamy distorted guitars, infectious bass-lines and angsty vocal lines to deliver their self-described “pop-rock tantrum.” It’s a song about the prick of love. It’s about being stung and the pleasure and pain that accompany being struck by cupids arrow.
‘Palms’ came next. A song of chance, luck and fate, the track premiered on The FADER, was named by DIY Mag as brilliantly fun and full of character and made waves with airplay across Beats 1 from Matt Wilkinson, BBC Radio 1 by Jack Stephens and triple j’s Declan Byrne.
Tracks ‘Teeth’ and ‘Dry Glass’ round out the 6-track self-titled debut EP - produced by Konstantin Kersting at Airlock Studios in Brisbane and out October 19 via Inertia Music/Partisan Records - toeing the line between unadulterated dream pop and rumbling raw instrumentation, cementing Body Type’s distinctive take on Australian lo-fi garage music.
Live, Body Type exceed the expectations set by their singles. All four members – Sophie & Annabel on vocals and guitar, Cecil on drums, Georgia on vocals & bass – are vital. They are, on a musical and emotional level, inexorably linked, each member’s importance going beyond musical skill or personality.
It makes sense that the four members have this almost elemental connection – the story of the band’s inception gives the sense that there was something cosmic involved. It goes like this: Sophie, after a period living in New York, found herself in Sydney with a handful of Garageband demos needing a beat. Enter Cecil – drummer, old friend and fellow Perth native – who had also decamped to Sydney. They met Annabel soon after, and were completed when Georgia, another Perth survivor, joined on bass.
The quartet played their first show in late-2016 and have since played main support for cult heroes Japandroids, opened for luminaries like Frankie Cosmos, Big Thief and The Coathangers and played festivals such as Gizzfest, Sydney Festival, Bigsound, Electric Lady Festival, Sugar Mountain, Fairgrounds and more. The band continued to run laps around the country, playing main support for psych heavyweights POND, Alex Cameron and Rolling Blackout Coastal Fever across their national album tours to roaring reviews.
Winners of FBi Radio’s SMAC award for ‘Next Big Thing’ and ‘Best Live Act’, Body Type have leaped into 2018 as one of Australia’s most promising young bands. You won’t be watching them disappear any time soon.
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