Iowa – From the Melbourne Underground

Emerging from Melbourne’s fertile independent underground scene, Iowa’s music is a union of contradictions: lo-fi but widescreen, balancing tight-as-a-drum songwriting with expansive solos, hanging sheets of noise on surprisingly hummable hooks. What comes naturally is a sound that draws on the distortion-drenched dynamics of forebears like My Bloody Valentine and Sonic Youth, but remains very much Iowa’s own. The band is also made up of a bunch of my favourite musicians from various other bands that were kicking around Melbourne when I was out a gigs every night….

The band’s initial studio sessions have already borne plenty of fruit with the impending release of a double A side 7” on their own label Desert Mouth Records. The recordings were made with rising super producer Jack Farley, a man who’s had his hands all over just about every great record that’s emerged from Melbourne’s underground scene in the last couple of years, including releases by Beaches Love of Diagrams, St Helens and Spider Vomit. Farley plugged straight into the band’s aesthetic, capturing the sound of the trio in their natural environment playing live and loud with every song recorded start to finish in a few short hours.


AVAILABLE NOW – On sale at shows and online at

You can catch Iowa’s new wave grunge at Revolver Monday November 1st at Speaker TV’s Lucky Dip.

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