Beef Jerk have been keeping a low profile on the fringes of the Sydney, Australia underground for some time now, quietly lurking about since their formation in 2012 finding time here & there to practice & sometimes record some tunes. The band’s self-released “Schooners” single popped up in 2013, a (very literal) ode to drinking beers & mucking about, but greater things were afoot. The band set about polishing up old demos into what would become their debut LP “Tragic”, self-released in a small run by the band in 2015 & re-released for a deservedly wider audience by Trouble In Mind in 2016.
The band often get lumped in with the Australian “dolewave” scene - a joke title referring to bands of the jangling pop variety (Dick Diver, Twerps, Stevens, Woollen Kits, Bitch Prefect) whose lyrics often touch on the more mundane aspects of modern life in Australia. Beef Jerk’s principal songwriter’s Jack Lee & Mikey Branson certainly write tunes that seem to fit that mold, but upon further investigation & attention, reveal an intelligent, deeper, & poetic understanding of working class culture in Australia.