The debut album from Melbourne, Australia quintet Possible Humans has been a long-time coming. Since forming in 2012, the band have self-released a "live improv" cassette and a two-song 7-inch on Sydney's Strange Pursuits label while periodically teasing a forthcoming full-length and burning up live venues across Australia. Everybody Split arrived on April Fool's Day of 2019 on ex-Twerps drummer Alex MacFarlane's excellent Hobbies Galore label. Thankfully, it wasn't a prank and the edition of 200 LPs sold out in a week. Trouble In Mind is proud to re-release Everybody Split worldwide in a more substantial pressing in hopes of getting this amazing album into everyone's ears. All five members shared songwriting duties on Everybody Split, and the album's nine tracks jangle and clang with that urgent, nervous energy felt in some of the best DIY / underground rock from the past three decades, R.E.M., GBV, Feelies et al, but also absolutely of the NOW, swooning with a smoothed, amber patina of melancholy and longing (see opener Lung of the City, or Nomenclature Airspace).
There's a palpable crackle emanating from the tunes on Everybody Split, throwing sparks thru a myriad of interesting melodic / lyrical twists and turns, like the earworm riffage on The Thumps, that hotwire solo on Aspiring To Be A Bloke or the stutter stops / breakdown in the raging Stinger. Stick around for Born Stoned, the album's undeniable highlight, packing its near-12 minutes with nods not only to the aforementioned R.E.M. and Feelies dark jangle, but also the smoke and velvet solos of Heyday-era Church or Blue Oyster Cult. Yes, it's really that good. Everybody Split was recorded by MacFarlane himself & mastered by Oz-legend Mikey Young for maximum oomph.
LP - Black Vinyl.
LP+ - Limited Red Vinyl.