Darts are Ally Campbell-Smith, Paige X. Cho, Jessie Fernandez and brothers Angus and Andrew Ayres. The Melbourne five-piece have a melancholic, aggressive sound that feature loud-quiet dynamics that exhibit their unique tapestry of influences. One listen will induce flashbacks to early Modest Mouse, Pixies, The Breeders and Dinosaur Jr, all wrapped up in one frenetic punch that’s impossible to listen to without being totally absorbed. Below Empty & Westward Bound was mastered by Joe Laporta, whose pedigree of working the boards for the likes of Yuck, Wavves and Arcade Fire, leaves clear and distinct fingerprints across the albums textures and sensitivities. Recorded in a Melbourne bedroom, the album documents the bands experiences of mental illness, isolation in a new city and transition into adulthood, paralleled with anxious optimism. The band has been steadily building momentum since they won a triple J Unearthed competition all the way back in 2009, having since supported the likes of Wavves, The Drones, No Zu, Bored Nothing and Andrew W.K. They’re now poised to release Below Empty & Westward Bound out through Rice Is Nice on May 15. “Feel like I just got punched in the face by Frank Black… in a good way.” – Nicole Cheek, triple J “Frayed guitars, wailing vocals and dissonant keys form a rich collage throughout the single, edging in and out of complete chaos and serene moments which rise so beautifully. Basically, these guys fucking rule.” – I OH YOU “Aggressive beats and punchy yet melodic guitars set the tone — it’s fast and fun, raunchy and loud. If you’re a fan of Modest Mouse, you’re gonna love these vocals. And if you’re into old-school-indie-with-a-kick-up-the-ass, then you’ll love these rhythms. They’ve taken angst, sadness, and frustration, and spat it out in the best possible way. It’s a breath of crisp, pure, non-ironic air, and I love it.” – Indie Shuffle “2015 is destined to be their breakthrough year” – Rolling Stone