Body Type release debut album 'Everything Is Dangerous But Nothing's Surprising', share new video for single 'A Line'.
Release day has arrived for the debut album from Australian band Body Type- Everything Is Dangerous But Nothing’s Surprisingis out now via Poison City Records. With the release, the band have shared a new video for latest single ‘A Line’. Recorded and mastered by Jonathan Boulet, and entirely self-funded, the album is exultant, effusive, playful, cutting, and maybe most significantly, incandescent in its fury. The album was awarded a 5-star review from NME Australia, who praise it as “one of the best Australian debut albums in recent memory.”
What makes Everything Is Dangerous But Nothing's Surprising such a thrilling debut is its ability to experiment without forfeiting indelible hooks. Across rollicking guitar chords, cathartic choruses, Body Type remain calm but sour, oozing with an inherent, subtle, 'don't fuck with us' cool that’s plainly understood without uttering a word. Break-up songs are coated in understated humour, unsolicited advice thrown away, and rage takes strange, new shapes. Simply put, with Everything Is Dangerous But Nothing’s Surprising, Body Type deliver.
Across 11 tracks, the album is about yanking back control, embracing abandon and purging despair, told through a boiling rock-punk hybrid. Joining the scorching 'Sex & Rage', peculiar jam 'Buoyancy' and stern 'The Charm', is the David Cronenberg inspired 'The Brood', a stimulant punk number about the depth of a woman’s anger; 'Flight Path', a woozy ode to L.A. inspired by the Chateau Marmont and a run-in with Nick Cave, Susie Bick and one insufferable, greasy-haired egotist; the recount of one’s great, gravitational pull on 'Futurism'; and the voyeuristic 'Couple Song', where the bedroom becomes the setting of a "night drama".
In the wake of back-to-back tours and releases, Sophie McComish, Annabel Blackman, Cecil Coleman, and Georgia Wilkinson-Derums regrouped in early 2020, to record their debut album in eight days – shortly before they would become separated by the pandemic. Born from a desire to bottle their restlessness that rose in wake of stifled creativity, of Everything Is Dangerous But Nothing’s Surprising's making, the band reveal,
"We were coming out of a period that felt quite suffocating and restrictive. We just kind of regrouped and re-energised and did it ourselves"
Everything Is Dangerous But Nothing’s Surprising sees the dawn of a new world for Body Type, regenerated through their sound, live show and sense of selves.
Highlighted today is the release 'A Line', of which Annabel Blackman shares
"I had an idea of hands drawing across the screen, cutting through different scenes but tying them together with a constant ‘line’ being drawn - but that was way too literal and kind of boring.
The visual image of the hand however reminded me of some work my wizard friend TV Moore had shown me of roving stick-hands on poles feeling their way around New York, where he lives
half the time.
He guided us through makeup and stylings over the phone, so it felt like a real collaboration with the band being hands-on slapping makeup on each other.
My favourite part about making this video was the makeup and outfits - I felt like a baggy Simpsons bro and was very content flopping around, and I think Cecil’s painted face cigarette might be
the most smokin' thing I’ve ever seen.
Sophie came alive as a pirate ska shredda and Georgia did her best lollypop bopping way out west."
Since first forming, Body Type have shared acclaimed EPs, EP1 and EP2 to global critical acclaim from the likes of KEXP, triple j, Apple Music’s Matt Wilkinson and BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders, for which they recorded a Maida Vale Session. In between support stages with Fontaines D.C., Big Thief, Cate Le Bon, POND, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Frankie Cosmos, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and more, the group have also performed across SXSW, The Great Escape, and headline tours in the US and UK, including a sold out show at London’s MOTH Club. Across the past month, the band has played main support to Wolf Alice and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard in Sydney.
Photo credit: Jack Saltmiras