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Couldn’t find a picture of The Pits so here is a couple of Bettong (L) and an Eastern Quoll (R) via http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/

“SHOUTING IN CAPS” by The Pits is another track from the excellent “Community 4” compilation album of Hobart Underground music. The song has the kind of Bored-Young-Dylan appeal of early releases by The Clean – and their Great Unwashed alter ego.

The song is about the minutiae and anxiety-inducing hyper-connected  (anti-)social-media world:

“Refresh the page again, refresh the page again, what’s happening?”

The  deadpan observational lyrics are simultaneously funny and heartbreaking:

 “SHOUTING IN CAPS again, SHOUTING IN CAPS again, to my 29 friends” 

To use the vernacular of the song, in my humble opinion The Pits are hashtag “Dunedin Sound” except they are trending from Hobart, Tasmania, in Australia so it’s probably called something else there.

They fit in the everyday story-telling-with-rambunctious-guitar-strum style of fellow Australians like The Twerps and Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, but hopefully Tasmania has it’s own descriptive labels for what The Pits do, rather than relying on those mainland Australian put-down genre names of ‘slacker indie’ slash ‘dole wave’.

Check out the rest of the “Community 4 – a compilation of Hobart music” album, and find out more about Bettongs and Eastern Quolls at the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife website.

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