Married Man’s debut LP
After a busy 2018 playing a series of blistering and blissed-out live shows with the likes of The Goon Sax, Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys, Spike Vincent, Gregor, Davey Lane, Rocket Science and Jess Cornelius, Sydney all-girl post-punk trio Married Man are set to release their debut album Hard Bargain, produced by Straight Arrows’ Owen Penglis and mastered by Eddy Current Suppression Ring / Total Control’s Mikey Young, the dynamic recording/mixing duo behind Royal Headache’s classic first LP.
Released via Lesstalk Records, and recorded all-analogue and live-to-tape at Penglis’ Goliath Professional Recording Studio in Sydney, Hard Bargain is a nocturnal tangle of late nights, bruised hearts and aching regrets. Mostly though, it’s about survival: the ways in which we hang on to hope and find ways to dig out moments of love and joy even when we’re buried under a mountain of bullshit.
Formerly the solo project of Sydney singer and guitarist Sarafina Pea, Married Man transitioned to its current three-piece form when bassist Kim Sukit (Photogenic) and drummer Marnie Vaughn (NO DOZ) decided Pea needed some company on her mystical musical journey, the pair adding some extra muscle to Pea’s heady mix of daring dream pop and wiry post-punk.
Swooning one minute and searing the next, Hard Bargain covers a lot of emotional and sonic terrain over its tight set of nine songs: there’s title track ‘Hard Bargain’, a pummeling “fuck you” to fuckboys the world over; the jagged guitar pop of seedy late-night tale ‘Someone’s Got Your Number’; the soaring, ascendant dream-pop of ‘In This Room’ and the haunting, piano-led lament ‘Knowhere’.
Married Man are set to drive their Hard Bargain even further in 2019 for live dates both announced and yet to come, giving fans and new converts alike the chance to see one of Sydney’s best-kept secrets bring their dazzling debut album to life.
From Monday, 7th January 2019, Hard Bargain is available to stream and download from Married Man’s Bandcamp page: https://marriedman.
bandcamp.com, on Spotify and iTunes.
The 12” vinyl of the album is available now for pre-order from Bandcamp, shipping from late January, and will be available at select record stores from then, also.
Stream Hard Bargain: https://marriedman.
Key songs are the title track Hard Bargain and Someone’s Got Your Number.
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Sydney Album Launch: Saturday, 23rd February at the Union Hotel, Newtown with Soot (Brisbane) and Place Holder
Thursday, 24th January at Freda’s, Chippendale with Joan Banoit and the S-Bends – https://www.facebook.com/
Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane launch shows TBA.