To hit play on a Reductors record is to enter a world of compelling contradictions; a world where sadness sits side-by-side with humour, bleakness with warmth, strange with familiar.
The Perth band began as a loose collective back in 2010 and has since honed itself into a slick four-piece outfit consisting of lead singer and guitarist Luke Nixon, guitarist Aidan Gordon, bassist Gareth Bevan and drummer Erin Gordon.
Through Nixon’s beautifully crafted lyrics, the band explores themes of social isolation, rejection, self-doubt and anxiety, set against a rich canvas of bleak – and sometimes playful – imagery.
Part post-punk, part retro, The Reductors inject their music with melodic hooks and well-balanced harmonies, backing up their lyrical mastery with musical finesse.
Alongside musical influences like The Smiths, The Kinks and The Velvet Underground, The Reductors cite literary and artistic greats like Philip K Dick, Man Ray, Dylan Thomas and David Lynch as having informed their sound.
The group stamped its mark on Western Australia’s indie music scene with the release of debut album Caboose in 2017, further cementing their loyal following through radio play and regular live shows.
The 2018 release of Practical Girl/Tremors marks a thrilling sonic evolution for the band.
Recorded at Poons Head Studio in Fremantle and produced by Rob Grant (Tame Impala, Queens of the Stone Age, Death Cab for Cutie), Practical Girl/Tremors is an edgy, abrasively textured dose of post-punk energy and biting social commentary.
A South West tour is also on the cards and with The Reductors’ reputation for energetic, offbeat and entertaining shows, indie rock fans would be wise to keep an eye out for upcoming dates.