The dust had barely settled from their 2018 EP; Wet Brain before the itch to release new music kicked in for Melbourne based party cowboys, Auntie Leo & The Backstabbers.
Despite it only being six short months since their last release, it’s safe to say those months were arguably their most action packed and included some of their most memorable moments. From picking up support duties for the likes of Amyl & The Sniffers, Regurgitator, Tired Lion, Nai Palm (Haitus Kaiyote), Drunk Mums, Mesa Cosa and The Bennies, to selling out their own headline show at Melbourne’s iconic rock ‘n’ roll institution Cherry Bar, playing their first ever festival show at Civic Sounds as part of Melbourne Music Week and not to mention jumping on stage just about every other weekend in between. Having quickly established themselves on the Melbourne circuit, the signs were starting to show that maybe this town wasn’t big enough for the five of ‘em.
But that aforementioned itch turned into a full-blown scratch and before they knew it, they were back in the studio and putting the finishing touches on their latest release (the first of a two part release planned for 2019) entitled Roaches, and boy is it a cracker. The A side reps the title track, an up-tempo surfy, garage banger and certified party-starter that was inspired by an ill-fated trip to the beach that saw an unusually high volume of dead cockroaches wash ashore and ruined what had otherwise been a pretty nice day. Flip over to the B side and you’ll find ‘Down’, a slower, country-blues number that’ll have you wanting to slap on a pair of cowboy boots for an impromptu hoedown, belting out the chorus all summer at the top of your lungs and almost certainly guaranteeing you’ll piss off just about everyone that’s within earshot.
This time around they’ve enlisted the help of rising superstar artist, Minna Leunig to give the record her signature treatment and as usual they’ve opted for a run of wax, this time including a super limited edition yellow press, capped at just fifty records. Yee-Haw!
With the realization that Melbourne wasn’t big enough for five unruly delinquents such as themselves and hearing the ever-increasing demand from far and wide across our great nation meant the time felt right to embark on their first national tour, clocking up twelve shows across four states at some of the country’s most iconic live music hot spots on what has been dubbed ‘The Roaches Tour’.
So, buckle up your saddles and head into your local saloon, because this is your chance to dust off ‘em cowboy boots and come hear that bullwhip crack like thunder on a six string from the Wild West’s favourite sons. Giddy Up!