4ZZZ launched its glorious tradition of counting down listeners' 100 favourite songs on New Year's Day 1977. More than 10 years later, 2JJJ in Sydney (which employed many ex-Zed staff) began conducting its own Hot 100. Because 4ZZZ held the rights to the name Hot 100, there was a little bit of legal biffo when TripleJ became a national broadcaster, so they changed the name of their survey to the "Hottest 100".
Thirteen Seventy is a noise rock band from Brisbane, Australia. They combine unruly rock & roll, searing guitar noise and delicate atmospherics, with strong songwriting sensibilities indebted to early 90's Seattle as well as Australia’s rich underground music history.
Imagine the noise of a high-speed urban noise rock colliding with the angst fuelled post-grunge lorry, being driven by a shoegazer. You’re getting close to the sound of Thirteen Seventy’s debut album “Arrest The Slide”.
Recorded throughout 2011-2012, “Arrest The Slide” (produced by Jeff Lovejoy & the band) is a collection of songs that draw influences from all the usual sources (The Velvet Underground, The Rolling Stones, My Bloody Valentine et al), each song encapsulating a different mood in this band’s expanding sonic palette.
Kicking off with the double A-side releases of 'Labour In Vain' and 'Fuck Up Again', listeners are immediately introduced to the two extremes this band traverses. The straight up rock of 'Labour In Vain' is a stark contrast to the melodic, verse/chorus of 'Fuck Up Again’s fuzzed out melodies and haunting chorus. A thoughtful, and dynamic cover of Everything But The Girl’s 90s hit 'Missing' displays Thirteen Seventy’s ability to take an existing song, and breathe fresh life into it. In this case, taking a 90s dance track and turning it into a tender, almost unplugged ballad. 'Breathe' features the sultry, expressive vocals of Lucinda Shaw, who is usually found in front of the microphone for Silver Sircus, and her contribution here lends yet another tonal dynamic.
Live, Thirteen Seventy is essentially a rock & roll power trio, a dynamic explosion of sound, where immediately influences from Lou Reed, Temple Of The Dog and Sonic Youth are recognizable. The band plays honestly, never taking themselves too seriously, and with a sense of humour, characteristics which make their material all the more enjoyable.