Take Two Maggie Pills And Risk It In The Morning
The debut long player by Melbourne based outfit The Maggie Pills comes after a period of instability in the Australian music scene, but diving into it’s diverse range of alt-rock encompassing sounds makes it a record well worth it’s time spent being meticiously written and recorded.
With the main-brains of the band Delfi (vocalist) and Mario (drummer) hailing from the South American counties of Argentina and Venezuela restpectfully, their musical beginnings are already well versed through the realm of punk, metal and doom. However, relocating to Melbourne just before the pandemic hit offered them an insight to the ‘cosmic explosion’ of the contemporary Australian accented sound that now is scattered through on their first full-length album Hope Is A Risk.
A celebration of rock n’ roll through the lens of 90s grunge, Hope Is A Risk explores and shifts effortlessly through playful goth pastels, slabs of frenzied distorted guitars, barreling drums, jangle inclined progessive noise-onslaughts and authorative yet emotional vocals. It’s not a completely hedionistic trip though, as through this album the band tackles global dispossession, western imperialism and the double standards of sexism in the punk rock – all while the underlying current of yearning for liberty within the migrant experience carries us across fourteen tracks.
Ahead of their Sydney launch show on the 15th September, Delfi and Mario of the band took some time out to chat on The Band Next Door on 2SER about getting their start in the Melbourne music scene, sticking to their grand plan, and letting their latin roots shine.