A perennial favourite for lovers of literate indie pop, Melbourne’s Split Seconds come roaring back with stacks of energy and a searing dose of honesty. ‘Relocation Blues’ is the first single from the band’s much anticipated second album, three years in the making. A statement of intent, it’s one of the most lyrically forthright songs in recent memory and marks a new beginning after a tumultuous time for the former Perth band.
Heading across the Nullarbor in 2012 on the back of their highly touted debut album You’ll Turn Into Me and in search of a new start, Split Seconds, led by multi WAMI award winning vocalist Sean Pollard, were bright eyed and bushy tailed. Three years later they were two members down, waist deep in a home studio renovation project and three quarters through an album that was beginning to feel more and more like their Chinese Democracy. Then, in a hungover moment of clarity, came ‘Relocation Blues’ – a blow by blow account of the process of upping stumps and switching cities.
With tongue firmly in cheek, Pollard takes us through the process with nods to local promoters, responsible service of alcohol, heading home for Christmas, Centrelink and much more. He sums it up best in the rollicking hook as he laments: “Nobody knows me at home anymore. Nobody knows that I’m here…” but finds fist pumping redemption as he brings it home concluding “at least we stuck it out, at least we’re still here mates.” It’s a hell of a trip.
Reborn with the addition of guitarist Barrie Wilson (formerly of UK based Rough Trade alumni Milk White White Teeth), and with their second full length record due in June, Split Seconds are poised to re-join the likes of Courtney Barnett and Dan Kelly as guardians of lyrical fortitude in Australian music.