CLOWNS - NATURE/NURTURE
Melbourne punks CLOWNS have never been ones to conform. The five-piece started life in 2010 as a more-or-less straightforward hardcore punk act, but over the course of their first three albums - 2013's I'm Not Right, 2015's Bad Blood and 2017's Lucid Again - they have steadily evolved and mutated their sound in whatever direction they felt like. It has always been loud but has become more nuanced over the years. The upcoming album (and FAT debut!) Nature / Nurture continues down this snaking path - it's 11 songs swerving right and left abruptly, veering from frenetic punk to slower more psychedelic-tinged rock, all while remaining a cohesive amalgamation of their three previous albums. Over the last couple years CLOWNS have experienced an explosion in popularity - selling out the Corner Hotel in Melbourne, to playing in front of 56,000 people supporting Foo Fighters in 2018, to securing a coveted slot at the worlds biggest heavy music festival at Wacken Open Air.