Street Legal – “Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow”


The debut single from Adelaide-based five-piece Street Legal, “Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow” hooks with its delightful build — traversing from post-punk minimalism and playful synth injections to a rousing rock pull.

Releasing ahead of an Australian tour in October, “Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow” sounds like an introduction from a band that will be on quick ascent. They describe the debut as “a bittersweet paean to the nostalgic days of the late 1980s, the wistful yet doomed childhood crushes shared upon movie starlets and the ultimate realisation that the slow march of time waits for no-one.”

The track’s escalation from new-wave/post-punk engagement into a hooky modern rock punch is particular evidence of the band’s songwriting chops, worked on alongside Colby Robertson (Interim Studios), who recorded and mixed the effort. A title-touting vocal line converges with added guitar distortion and glistening keys for a replay-inducing appeal, with an assured suaveness enveloping throughout.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of April 2023’ Spotify playlist.

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Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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