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Private Function, Australian pub-punk rockers have announced the release of their new album, Whose Line Is It Anyway? with a new video. The album is out next month on FOLC Records.

Private Function have been ripping up Australian bars for the past few years and have now announced that their second full-length album, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, is to get a European release next month on the excellent Spanish label FOLC Records.

A cavalcade of formidable punk-rock numbers and timeless pub-rock anthems imbued with Private Function’s trademark satire, Whose Line Is It Anyway? epitomises the grandeur of rock’n’roll in all its forms. Walloping hooks, thumping rhythm sections, and embellished guitar solos meld impeccably with overzealous, Spinal Tap-esque rock’n’roll theatricality, stadium-sized choruses, and the band’s characteristic oddball humour – while still maintaining the tumultuous looseness and tongue-in-cheek irreverence that Private Function are famous for.

Whose Line Is It Anyway? was always destined to be a success in the Australian market. Private Function had already gained attention amongst punk-rock circles after signing a record deal with Australia’s formidable punk outfit Clowns’ new label Damaged, and coupled with Private Function’s status as one of the country’s most chaotic and unpredictable live acts, news of a second album less than 12 months after the release of their widely celebrated debut LP, St Anger, was causing serious buzz long before it hit the shelves.

Private Function are notorious shit-stirrers, the type of band who persistently make a joke out of music culture as a whole, playing up all of rock ’n’ roll’s mythologies, clichés, and tropes we all know so well. And their fans are 100% there for it. So when Private Function kicked off the campaign, their fans were waiting with anticipation to see what tricks they pull out for the new release. They weren’t disappointed.

Sleep Paralysis is a fantastic driving slab of pure adrenaline-fueled rock ‘n’ roll. We’ll have a full review of their album very soon.

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Words by Nathan Whittle. Find his Louder Than War archive here.

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Nathan has been writing for Louder Than War since 2012. Before that, he wrote for Now living in Spain, he also writes for the Spanish magazine Ruta 66.


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