★★★★ Future Me Hates Me CARPARK. CD/ DL/LP New Zealand indie-poppers’ promising, angst-ridden debut LP.
Prime mover Elizabeth Stokes’s confident voice is so full-throttle, so commanding and all over it, half the time you’d think this was a onewoman band. You know it’s not, when the gruff baritones of her three male cohorts undercut her lacerated lyrics with their sympathetic/threatening harmonies. Stokes used to be a folkie, thought she couldn’t deliver the angsty stuff she really cared about. Surprise: this hyped-up, tender-trashy open-heart surgery – a new Breeders, or Elastica, and not a million miles from Courtney Barnett – is urgent, whip-smart and solid with addictive hooks. From the title track (“Wideeyed nights spent lying awake/With future cold shakes from stupid mistakes…”) to the Ramones-y crash ‘n’ burn of Uptown Girl and the vortex of distorted chaos closing You Wouldn’t Like Me, this is taut, Blondie-cool guitar-pop with a finger on the self-destruct tab.