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Soft Rubbish – Wasted  (Self Released / Bandcamp)


Out now

Australian outsider/underground artist Julie Montan goes under the intriguing name Soft Rubbish, on this stark one-off release. Enjoy, or wallow, as you see fit. Ged Babey does a bit of both. 


The reason this piqued my interest was the fact I have  been listening to the forthcoming  ‘To the Outside of Everything’ compilation (Post-Punk 77-81) and i had reacquainted myself with … And The Native Hipsters, Family Fodder and Ludus (among others.)  In that time-frame, arty, smart women (and men) had free range to bring out all manner of quirky, unusual and delicate  music – and there was an audience for it.  Usually via John Peel it has to be said.

Nowadays, there are so many outlets and blogs and radio shows… the outsiders are in danger of being left on the outside. Louder Than War tries to bridge that gap…

Based in Melbourne, singer/songwriter Julie Montan  is also a member of Lovers of the Black Bird and  Richie 1250 & The Brides Of Christ. Her own songs are ‘bare, unpolished ruminations on the fragile nature of life’. Of ‘Wasted’ she says…

Death, obsolescence and love feature heavily in this song. I wrote it when I was very depressed; low, bleak, mouldy. The kind of torpidity that grows from a single-celled thought, that seems harmless enough at the time but then grows into an insidious, impenetrable slime of the mind.

The video is cool and evocative of old home-movies recalled in a dream where the you of the present wanders the past.

The piano is recorded as if on the other side of the room from the microphone, giving it the feel of an empty room.

It’s just a cool, sad song. But it marks the point where you say to yourself; ‘Right, I’m getting my shit together now.

Wasted wasted my life on this
Sugar wasted in cups of tea
Shoulda exercised my body more regularly
Broken mirror of my vanity
Ripped every page of my diary
Sunny days wasted in doors
Shoulda done a few less chores
Climbed more trees watched more birds
Shoulda listened to my sisters cutting words

There are literally thousands of women making music whether within or on the outskirts of the music business, trying to express themselves, but Soft Rubbish seem to have captured a moment beautifully and simply.

It is not of course a song which you will hear on the radio or see topping the charts… but a song which needed to be sung.


I had a look through the videos to Julie’s previous bands and found this; the complete opposite in mood and feel – but a work of left-field pop genius with a cool, fun-for-all-the-family video  from six years ago.   Richie1250 and the Brides of Christ -the Whippet Walk.


They too have a Bandcamp and a string of releases to their name  which i urge you to investigate – I will when I have time…


Soft Rubbish have the following Socials

Facebook  and of course the Bandcamp where you can buy the track. 


All words by Ged Babey



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Ged Babey is 56. from Southampton, has written since 1985 for Sound Info, Due South, various fanzines and websites, contributed to Record Collector magazine and was sole author of 'Punk Throwback' fanzine -the name of which was taken from an insult hurled at him by the singer with a young band he managed for a while. Ged believes that all good music and art has a connection with punk rock.


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