‘Calm Down’, the lead single from upcoming debut EP of the same name from Sydney’s Hot Spoke, speaks to those years spent honing their craft. For six years now, Hot Spoke has been quietly building momentum, receiving glowing praise on Triple J’s Unearthed last year, and picking up high profile support slots for the likes of The Preatures and Olympia.
Oasis-esque chords lead into Vanessa Quinn’s arresting, bruised vocal as she takes aim at the men who try and tell her how to feel. “There’s such a stupid view that women are just hysterical and not in control of their emotions, which I just resent with every fibre of my being,” she says. “In my experience I find that if a woman is outspoken or passionate or emotional about anything, people generally think that they are being hysterical or vulgar, so it means that a lot of the time women suppress what they are feeling or thinking or dumb themselves down just to keep the peace.”
Damian Enemark on bass provides a grounding throughline for these sentiments, while guitarist Seb Bartels sets the whole thing ablaze with smoky reverb.
Produced by the legendary Steven Schram (between Linear and Jungle Studios in Sydney’s inner west), it’s a stunningly assured piece of work; the sound of band ready for a spotlight all on their own.