Underground Lovers

 Melbourne has long been the epicentre of indie and progressive music in Australia, and for much of the 1990’s and 2000’s, local band the undergroundLOVERS pushed sonic boundaries in a manner that made them cult favourites.

Formed in1989 by high school friends Vince Giarrusso and Glenn Bennie, the Un-dies experimented with different styles and line-ups prior to1990’s breakout self-titled album. The success of singles like ‘Looking for Rain’ won the group the ’92 ARIA for Best New Band.

The band’s fortunes rose again in ’94 with the release of a third album Dream It Down. While this LP maintained the pulsating electro soundtrack of its predeces-sors, popular singles like ‘Losin’It’ suggested a push more into the mainstream, taking out a spot in the Triple J Hottest 100 that year. Whilst live performances

The Undies’ creative output con-tinued though, as evidenced by 1997’s Ways T ’Burn followed by ‘99’s Cold Feel-ing.

Underground Lovers seventh album, Weekend was released in April 2013, created with longtime collaborators Wayne Connolly (recording engineer), Tim Whitten (mix engineer), Don Bartley (mastering) and a new addition to the production crew, Tim Prince (recording engineer).

2017 added to that impressive discography, with Staring At You Staring At Me apt-ly paying homage to the band’s hometown of Melbourne. Like all good Undies albums, Staring At You Staring At Me defies singular analysis. Elements of pop, shoegaze, synth-rock and pounding bass feature throughout, but rarely at the same time.

Those old enough to remember 1994’s Dream It Down will know one thing however: Staring At You Staring At Me showcases the Undies’ varied talents at their greatest.

 

- Tom Elliot / 3AW