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Live Review: Phantastic Ferniture live up to their name with new video for 'Bad Timing'

16 July 2018 | 9:42 am | Max Lewis

Sydney alternative trio Phantastic Ferniture have dropped a goofy, ferntastic video for 'Bad Timing', ahead of their debut album due July 27th.

A Sydney live staple for years, indie-rock trio PHANTASTIC FERNITURE are finally set to drop their debut album on the 27th of July. In the lead up, they've shared a quirky video for their stellar cut 'Bad Timing', treating us to more ferns than we know what to do with.

Consisting of Julia Jacklin - well known for her solo work - Liz Hughes and Ryan K BrennanPhantastic Ferniture's sound is a mix of Cranberries-esque alternative rock with a dash of indie pop. As the name might imply, their vibe is carefree goofiness that doesn't betray the heavy riffs and ear-worm hooks seen in tracks like 'Gap Year' and 'Fuckin' and Rollin'. In celebration of their debut LP the trio have dropped headline dates for August, making the most of a record that has been many years in the making.

As if The Bends era RadioheadSlowdive and The Cranberries all got in a big blender and pressed the go button, 'Bad Timing' is unashamedly 90s. Underneath reverb soaked guitar chords and solid bass riffs, Julia Jacklin's vocals channel the late Dolores O'Riordan with a style that is catchy, unique and blends perfectly with the witty lyrics. Moments like the chorus where the track explodes with a wall of crunchy guitar chords and Jacklin's falsetto soaring over the top are utterly sublime, and a testament to the sheer talent on display with Phantastic Ferniture.

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The video, directed by Nick Mckk and Phantastic Ferniture, turns up the goofiness and fern worship to an all time high. The trio perform in a cramped, rustic house with potted ferns in front of their faces. While they play, the ferns are held by people hiding behind them, an absurdist and almost Brechtian goof that never wears thin. With languid camera work and snappy editing, the video is a perfect match of the trio's laidback vibe, but it also fits the warm intensity of the track like a glove.

In the lead up to their debut LP dropping July 27th, Phantastic Furniture are hitting up a few dates on their headlining tour. Check out the details below!



Fri 17 August - The Foundry (Grain Presents), Brisbane 

Thu 23 August - Grace Emily, Adelaide

Fri 24 August - The Gaso, Melbourne 

Wed 29 August - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney