Northeast Party House – The Haunted


Just the name of this Melbournian band holds so much promise. Who doesn’t love a house party? Starting out in 2010, this five-piece initially played at warehouse parties and local venues, where they quickly gained a reputation for their high-energy live shows (apparently the destruction of stuffed animals was involved in the course of one). Their big break came when they won Triple J’s Unearthed competition and played Pyramid Rock Festival in 2010. Since then, they’ve shared the stage with the likes of Ball Park Music, Kimbra, and Does It Offend You, Yeah?

This latest track comes off their upcoming debut album. Titled “The Haunted”, it starts with a pulsating drum beat, then an addictive bassline, slowly building the layers with attractive synth overlays, and of course, Hamilton Reeve’s simple vocal melody. His vocals lend an almost indifferent air to the song, while the instrumentals take the lead in driving the song. This layering of sound is repeated again, until a brief pause with Reeve’s vocals lingering on the phrase “You are the haunted”, before the energy the band is well known for is released. Although this song is perhaps a little more understated than their other songs, it’s easy to imagine things would get pretty crazy when this gets played live.


Hometown: Melbourne, Australia.
Upcoming EP: debut LP coming soon!
Sounds like:  Bloc Party, The Klaxons
Say what? According to an interview with Purple Sneakers, when someone from the band’s feeling excited about a track they’re working on, they’ll drop their pants. An interesting measure of success.


Happy Listening!

– Amelia


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