The Maggie Pills, The Stripp, Green Blanket and Vicious Blonde

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The Maggie Pills, The Stripp, Green Blanket and Vicious Blonde

The Maggie Pills are thrilled to be back at The Barwon Club to launch their debut album ‘Hope is a Risk’ on Saturday the 15th of July.

Fiercely swinging between the guttural rawness of grunge and the playful lushness of pop, ‘Hope is a Risk’ is the ambitious 14 track debut LP of Latin-Australian outfit The Maggie Pills. In its current form, the outfit serves as a cross-cultural vessel for any cathartic feelings to be explored holistically and leaving no feelings unturned.

The band was founded by Delfi Sorondo and Mario Perez closely after migrating to Australia and only months prior to the start of the pandemic, and the LP was mostly written within the anguish of lockdowns. The proximity of their personal experiences against the album themes on migration, minorities and global politics, give a very refreshing realness and authenticity.  Yet, what could’ve been an album purely fueled by gloom, pushes through the chaos and finds strength in a pop-fantasy type of feel, as the band imaginatively builds universes inspired by the otherworldly, western films, sci-fi sonic landscapes and William Blake levels of poetic ponderings.

The album reimagines punk through an emotionally visceral lens, jam-packed with vivid latin percussions, razor-sharp guitars, fuzzy bass lines, unhinged synths and gestural vocals that feel cinematographic and iconic. The result is an impressive self-produced album that masters the intersections between intuitive and mathematical, grunge and pop, gothic and colourful.

Self-produced by Perez, the album seeks a sound outside of indie-rock, with an atmospheric, wet and kaleidoscopic soundwall of cosmic proportions. Mastered by legendary sound engineer Joe Carra (Amyl & The Sniffers, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Courtney Barnett) “Hope is a Risk” is a unique addition to Australia’s indie-rock catalogue