Melbourne Band Announces That It's Illegal To Sell Their Forthcoming Album In SA

30 January 2023 | 11:32 am | Mary Varvaris

Is this funny? Is this concerning? It's hard to say!

(Pic by Robert 'Squid' Collins)

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Melbourne band Private Function have posted an entertaining yet concerning clip on social media, with vocalist and primary songwriter Chris Penney claiming that the band's forthcoming to-be-announced album is banned from being sold in South Australia.

Is this a publicity stunt? Is this a genuine attempt at censoring a group already known for making raucous punk music? Who can say for sure?

"So this might be an Australian music industry first," the band begins on Instagram. Private Function's record label, named after their ever-present slogan, Still On Top, "isn’t legally allowed to sell the new PF album in South Australia," the band claims.

They add, "This isn’t a joke either. It’s illegal to sell, it’s illegal to distribute and ~apparently~ it’s illegal to own the new Private Function record in South Australia lol. It’s the dumbest thing ever. You’ll find out why real soon." Check out the video below.

Private Function haven't announced the follow-up to their 2020 album, Whose Line Is It Anyway, but hinted that it would be out early this year after dropping a clip last Halloween.

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On Halloween, Private Function returned with Seize And Destroy, a frantic number that might be the toughest number in their expansive discography.

Chris Penney said that Seize And Destroy is the third instalment of a "Destroy" trilogy: "As a teenager, I found it weird that the Stooges had a song called Search and Destroy, and Metallica have a song called Seek and Destroy, so I wrote part three, Seize and Destroy, which marks the finale of those two songs." The track is indeed a love letter to both the Stooges and Metallica, invoking the attitude and fury of '80s thrash metal. Hell yeah.

The track was recorded with Chris Wright (A Swayze and the Ghosts) and mixed by Matt Duffy (Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Bench Press) to concoct a vicious atmosphere of blood-curdling vocals, electrifying shreds, and epic bass lines.

The video is not for the faint of heart - the band members jam in bone-shivering woodlands as they slowly realise that Bananas In Pajamas are hunting them. Seize And Destroy features on Private Function's upcoming album, to be released soon, showing how effortlessly the band switches between genres.