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Song You Need to Know: Step-Panther, ‘Bike Lock’

The first single from Step-Panther since 2018, “Bike Lock” is set to appear on Farmer & The Owl’s upcoming Family Values compilation.

It’s been a couple of years between drinks, but now New South Wales trio Step-Panther are back with their latest single, “Bike Lock”.

Throughout the first half of the 2010s, it was difficult to look at the indie scene without hearing a tune by Step-Panther. Serving up loose, garage-rock compositions, and delivering frenetic live shows, the praise that came their way was more than deserved.

However, following the release of 2014’s Strange But Nice, the band seemed to be put on the back-burner for a while, with only 2018’s “Sophomore Shrug” arriving in the time since. However, fast-forward a couple of years, and the group are back at it once again, this time armed with the fuzzy “Bike Lock”.

Set to appear on the upcoming Family Values from Farmer & The Owl, the track was written and recorded in lockdown, and will hopefully serve as the first taste of new music to come from the trio.

The tune also comes accompanied by a music video which helps to encapsulate the feelings of 2020, complete with housebound pacing, face-masks, hand-washing, and just a hint of boredom.

“Bike Lock” is the second taste of the Family Values compilation that we’ve been given, following on from The Pinheads’ cover of Elvis Costello’s “Pump It Up” last week.

Set to be released on September 25th, the comp features rare and/or unreleased tracks from artists such as Hockey Dad, Horror My Friend, Bad//Dreems, Tumbleweed, Bec Sandridge, and Totally Unicorn, with pre-orders available now.

Step-Panther’s “Bike Lock” is out now via Farmer & The Owl, while Family Values is released on September 25th, with pre-orders available now.