The Steinbecks

The Steinbecks


I was planning to have a break after a song-a-day-May for NZ Music Month. Time to catch up with a backlog of new albums. Turned out most of them were from Australian bands. It’s been years since a lot of Australian albums found their way into my collection. It started me wondering ‘do they have an Australian Music Month?’ Seems a bit unfair for NZ to have a music month and no-one else. They do – these crazy nationalistic music months are not unique to NZ – and November is Australian Music Month. So I’ll probably post a few Australian songs in June.

Anyway, here’s The Steinbecks first up with ‘We Cannot Hope to Compete With Such Colours’ from their brand new album ‘Kick To Kick’.

While I hear echoes of the Go-Betweens at times throughout the album, this particular song is eerily reminiscent of ‘Too Hot To Be Cool’ by NZ psych-pop legends The Puddle – the B-Side of their 1993 Flying Nun Records 7″ single ‘Thursday’.

The Steinbecks are from the state of Victoria. Here’s some brief background:
“The Steinbecks emerged from the ashes of The Sugargliders after the ’gliders had released ten 7” singles, including six for legendary English label Sarah Records. The Meadows brothers write emotionally honest pop songs about the world as they experience it. They record them with multi-instrumentalists Matt Sigley (Earthmen, Daytime Frequency), Joseph Bromley, and Jerry Rinse. ‘Kick to kick’ with The Steinbecks is the band’s first album since 2007’s ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’.

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