Flatiron b/w Stick Up Jack - feedtime (Sub Pop)
Here’s a single with a reason for living. Like all great 45s, it’s succinct and to the point. It belongs to feedtime, who were be the 1980s Australian underground’s most underrated band.
Revived on the back of a 2012 box set by Sub Pop after 20 years of inactivity, feedtime emerge from suburban Sydney anonymity whenever they feel like it. Obligingly, Sub Pop has released their this, their first recording in two decades.
“Flatiron” is a shuffling mutant blues, with acrid slide guitar and rumbling distorto bass - just like most of feedtime’s songs. The terse vocal is hard to make out amid the roar but it doesn’t matter much. “Stick Up Jack” is an aural mugging with lyrics about an armed robbery and every bit as great.
The ubiquitous Mikey Young recorded it so feedtime obviously have an ear to current sounds. Let’s hope it means an album is in the offing. Buy it at any enlightened record store (Repressed in Sydney would be one) or go the label direct via this link. It comes with a download code for the turtntable-bereft.