Be sure to pay close to attention to what Melbourne’s Phil Wolfendale is up to in 2018.
Last Friday, Melbourne-based and honest-as-fuck singer-songwriter Phil Wolfendale dropped his debut EP – ‘Dropkick‘. If you enjoy the solid output of fellow Aussie groups like Chasing Ghosts, Ceres, and Slowly Slowly – just as I myself do – then this new EP from the Melbourne newcomer will be right up your alley and bashing down your front fucking door with what its got to say.
Recorded back in late 2015 and finally seeing the light of day last week, the seven indie/folk-punk rock tracks housed on ‘Dropkick‘ shift between quiet, intimate acoustic moments (like on ‘Shoegazer‘) and plenty of louder, full band guitar-driven explosions (‘Floater‘ and ‘Bellyacher‘, for example). This debut offering is all about “Waking up in filthy lounge rooms” and bittersweet lyrical waxings of trying to get one’s shit together.
It’s a no-bullshit release full of earnest songwriting and heartfelt tunes, all with honest overloads of self-deprecating musings on life, work, love lives, friends, dealing with mental health, putting oneself out there, and on trying to be a better person. After all, there aren’t any prizes for figuring out that the “dropkick” referred to in the EP’s moniker is aimed directly at Wolfendale himself, and it’s that inwardly aimed mirror that so often makes for great art. Just like ‘Dropkick‘.
In light of this new EP releasing, old mate Wolfendale will be taking both himself and his full backing band on the road for his first ever tour throughout May. Suss out the lead single from ‘Dropkick‘ – opener ‘Flop‘ – below and check out his upcoming national tour dates after the drop.
Good things should hopefully be in store for this dude in 2018! Triple J Unearthed, where the fuck you guys at?
Phil Wolfendale ‘Dropkick’ national tour dates:
Sun 27th May
SYDNEY – The Record Crate 18+
(If you want more of Phil’s acoustic side, check out this awesome cover of Counterparts’ ‘The Disconnect’ from 2014 – shit rips).