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Party Dozen Reveal New Single, ‘The Big Man Upstairs’ + Announce New Album

Sydney duo Party Dozen are back with a bang, releasing their new single The Big Man Upstairs and announcing their upcoming album, Crime In Australia. The album, set to drop on September 6th, follows their 2022 Australian Music Prize finalist, The Real Work, which featured Nick Cave on Macca The Mutt.

The Big Man Upstairs marks a fresh and exciting turn for the band. With a nod to vintage shoegaze, the track showcases a softer, sweeter side to their usual noisy antics. Accompanied by a gripping video, the song uses documentary footage to tell the story of Joh Bjelke-Petersen, the controversial Queensland leader whose oppressive regime inadvertently fuelled a punk rock revolution.

Party Dozen, made up of Kirsty Tickle (saxophone) and Jonathan Boulet (percussion), created Crime In Australia in their Marrickville studio. The album’s theme emerged naturally, reminiscent of an old cop TV series soundtrack, split into two contrasting halves: order and disorder. The first half is surprisingly melodic and orderly, while the second half descends into chaotic, noisy brilliance.

Fans can pre-order the album now on Bandcamp, with a special limited-edition hand-painted clear vinyl available. Don’t miss out on what promises to be one of the most unique and captivating releases of the year.

Written by John Zebra