"The waitress brings a taste plate she calls True Love Cuisine / When it's done we are still hungry and we know what she means."
Melbourne Cans specialise in painfully wry observations like the one above, and that's just the surface of 'Wolves of the Diner Mile,' the single from their incredibly consistent Moonlight Malaise LP. With any luck, the rise of Courtney Barnett will spark a renewed interest in Australian independent music and Melbourne Cans will get the exposure they deserve.
Like Nick Cave singing over the Twin Peaks house band, they offer some gallows humour among a purposefully retro aesthetic. Strolling through the Shangri-Las and the Jesus and Mary Chain to Pavement, yet still arriving at something distinctive and individual, Moonlight Malaise was one of my most enjoyable discoveries of 2014.