Melbourne's Sex On Toast are a serious treat. The nine-piece collective, made up of members of a number of bands (including Hiaitus Kaiyote and Saskwatch), have become known for their 80s inspired power-ballads and eclectic live shows. Now, they turn their attention to celebrating the release of their debut, self-titled album earlier this week.
The album is overflowing with amazingness. I almost cannot believe it's not a collection of songs that were written 30 years ago. I find a lot of throwback bands to be very gimmicky, and while Sex On Toast clearly don't take themselves too seriously, their music is fantastic.
Current single "Hold My Love" is the perfect example of what these guys are about; a sensual pop jam which would make Prince blush (perhaps). If you think a track featuring trumpet solos, slick guitar riffs and talk-box synths sounds cool, these guys will be your new favorite band, guaranteed. There's even visual aids (see clip below).
One listen through, and this album has skyrocketed up my list of albums released this year. Grab it on the band's Bandcamp and take a trip back to shoulder pad territory with me.