RVG & Gut Health @ Tanswells
RVG's third album, Brain Worms, may not be wholly new territory for the Melbourne post-punk band and its lyricist/frontwoman Romy Vager, but this time there’s a newfound radical acceptance glistening overtop everything. On Brain Worms, bandmates Reuben Bloxham (guitar), Marc Nolte (drums), and Isabele Wallace (bass) are flawlessly adept in bringing Vager’s songwriting to life. Recorded in London at Snap Studios with James Trevascus (Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, The Goon Sax), all ten Brain Worms tracks surge with lush sounds and clear intentions — and the magic of an acoustic guitar once owned by Kate Bush, given to her by Tears for Fears (who, legend has it, wrote “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” on it). Brain Worms is the most confident they’ve ever felt in RVG. They’ve moved past their influences, pushed themselves, and tried new things. And they made a record they can, by all accounts, call their best.
Don't miss RVG's Beechworth debut, which follows the band's 2023 appearances at Splendour In The Grass and Dark Mofo as well as previous support tours with Pixies, Faith No More and Kurt Vile. Supporting them in Beechworth will be rising post-punk stars Gut Health, last seen touring with Cash Savage & The Last Drinks. Tickets are $25 + booking fee or $30 at the door.
“The sound of a band at the height of their rock powers” -- Rolling Stone
“One of Australia’s finest” -- The Guardian