These New South Whales share new single ‘Bending At The Knee’ + announce headline show this September

Photo by Lawrence McCrab
August 18 2022

PRAISE FOR These New South Whales

“No one’s doing things quite like These New South Whales”

The Line Of Best Fit (9/10)

“Absolutely irresistible blasts of insistent, art-punk brilliance”

Kerrang! (4/5)

“TNSW also make a TV comedy about being pathetic punks. Very meta, except the actual band are great: tight, no-frills, plaintive vocals, caustic guitar and thumping rhythms”

Mojo (4/5)

“The band is real, the TV show is a hilarious mockumentary”


“Very rowdy, enjoyable punk rock”


“Sydney’s most revered punk band”

triple j

“The best mockumentary since Spinal Tap”

Monster Children

“A punchy, infectious, and delicious piece of punk fun”

Nick Findlay (triple j)

‘Bending At The Knee’ is out now, buy/stream it here.

Thrilling punk outfit These New South Whales return with their first release of 2022, the caustic new single ‘Bending At The Knee’, alongside the announcement of a headline performance at The Curtin this September. LISTEN + WATCH HERE.

An art-punk masterclass, ‘Bending At The Knee’  is These New South Whales’ painting from the darker half of their palette – a calculating rage that dials the mood to Turnstile via The Garden, hitting  with the same punk je ne sais quoi that drives their hit TV shows, records and podcast; the same stuff that’s made them a once-in-a-generation proposition.

“This song came together very quickly in the rehearsal room one night,” said frontman Jamie Timony of the songwriting process. “Frank started drumming along psychotically to Will’s honkin’ bassline and we were off! I immediately felt like kicking a wheelie bin over—that’s when ya know it’s a good one. It’s also probably the most fun song to play live in our set, I reckon.”

‘Bending At The Knee’ is staunch-riffed bedlam undergirded by vintage Timony lyrics: a snarling call-to-arms that recalls the band’s politically-driven You Work For Us era. Jamie explains, “I was channeling the confusion and frustration I’d been feeling the last couple of years—I was kinda gobsmacked at the willingness of some to trust the government all of a sudden; albeit in a time of a crisis. What happened to rage against the machine ?!”

A sharp new blueprint for the harder reaches of punk rock akin to their contemporaries Amyl and The Sniffers to Violent Soho, today’s new release is everything that’s made These New South Whales  one of Australia’s most respected bands: punk royals and provocateurs for a decade and counting. Fitting, then, that the film clip, directed by Oscar O’Shea, might put the four-piece in a Victorian-era estate, a kilted Jamie Timony (vocals) cutting a brooding figure: hunched over a silver-cloched banquet; stalking grim halls; backlit in an iron-gated cellar.

‘Bending At The Knee‘ follows the group’s recent signing to Clowns‘ label, Damaged Records, and a string of sold-out appearances at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival earlier this year for their hit podcast, What A Great Punk, where the band made history once again, selling out all four dates within 24 hours.

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