click here to sample the entire album!

track listing:
1. don't like the way click to listen
2. dream planner click to listen
3. open click to listen
4. free sherry click to listen
5. broadway click to listen
6. learning zone click to listen
7. collage click to listen
8. please leave click to listen
9. same old click to listen
10. out of control click to listen
11. love bite click to listen

New Estate Considering...
released June 2005.

It's a new millennium, and everything is new. Being a new band that didn’t get to playing in one room together until February 2004 - New Estate are a new phenomenon. Whereas everyone in the group has been in other groups, this is the group for all of them. The songs - written by guitarists Mia and Marc, and sung by Marc, Mia and drummer Larry - are fast, rocking, emphatic, some might even say searing, and the playing is enthused and epipolistic. The group’s debut Considering… was recorded over a couple of months by Mia at her house in West Brunswick, Melbourne, with a few overdubs added in during the mastering phase of the album.

The group is not ‘about’ that rock revival rubbish we have heard so much about and they don’t sound ‘like’ the megastars of retro-rock (a pinch of no-new-wave, a touch of blues explosion). They have a sound a style that is unique.

A historian of the year 3003 who wanted to know what life was like in an age when war and desperation gripped the world but when people grappled with the horror of it all with humour and bravery would understand it all from watching Pop Idol with the sound turned down and listening to Considering... A few prize moments: drummer Larry G’s tour de force, co-written with guitarist Marc, Out of Control is a mastodon of a song, breaking all barriers of how much pain and glory can be encapsulated in one hit track in the vein of The Beatles’ I Want You/She’s So Heavy or Johnny, Russell and Molly’s The Real Thing. Marc’s Learning Zone mows down the listener unsympathetically, but still leaves room for applause, as breathtaking and caustic as Dylan or N.Young. Mia’s Broadway is yet another pop masterpiece, and her Free Sherry declares death to mediocrity in a way that The Pretenders’ Private Life or Blondie’s Rip Her to Shreds did a quarter of a century prior. Mia and Larry’s Open is one of those songs that some Belgian d.j. will play obsessively, leading to a domino effect until eventually it will be a world-wide number one.

Maybe it’s time to start Considering…


"the melbourne-based indie supergroup of sorts (members' previous bands include sleepy township, fur, huon, jaguar is jaguar), who formed less than a year ago, offer up ten superb tracks of intelligently crafted, slightly fuzzy and energetic indie-rock. vocal and songwriting duties are shared between all four members, which ensures there's no danger of songs sounding stale or same-ish. the urgent 'open' is a real highlight, as is the Cure-sounding 'dream planning' and anthem-like closer 'out of control'. and you can't go past lyrics like "you're busy making preparations for letting yourself down" ('learning zone'), delivered in typically lazy indie-rock fashion. it's difficult picking favourites though - each listen brings another lead guitar line, drum roll, vocal trade-off or bass run to admire."
--nick coppack, time off magazine

"i don't know if new estates in australia look much like the one i grew up in, but certainly the cover painting for "…considering…" looks familiar, looks like it could be troon or melbourne or anywhere. new estate themselves sound like they could be from anywhere also: they possess the kind of effortless placelessness that the best bands manage so effortlessly. what's easier to do is to place them in a cultural geography. so imagine the land of early boo radleys' melody and mayhem, where swirlies swoosh and where children are lulled to sleep by my bloody valentine when they still wrote songs (so, you know, there's an understanding here that MBV lost their way when they started work on loveless and that in fact if we're being honest the best MBV record is 'you made me realise' and that the best album is the aptly titled ecstasy). throw in a delicious occasional reference to life without buildings, the jean paul sartre experience and straitjacket fits and you know you're living in a pretty special place."
--alistair fitchett, www.tangents.co.uk

"this is not what i typically like, but it’s a sound like i've never heard before! i love it. it's not a clone of some other band, either. androgynous vocals with heavy bass lines really bring it all together. it reminds me of sunday mornings. these kids are young, but they also know how they want to sound. the grade: A"
--eric adkison, tlchicken.com

"i am really going to date myself here, but alas we all have our references. i remember a time, when we called "indie rock" "college rock" and a band that looked bookish and like they dressed no different for photo shoots or shows than they did at home was the domain of the modern lovers, the feelies, and beat happening. to hear music made by people that looked and, one assumed, acted like you was a rare and mysterious thing in those scary 80's. new estate maintains that same aesthete. listening to this cd i was reminded of sunny days driving to college listening to early throwing muses or salem 66. not a nostalgia band, this is just good, murky indie pop. where the mics sound hot and they sound like they just might lose control of the whole thing at any moment. songs like "free sherry", "broadway" and "out of control" really re-affirm my faith in the greatness of little indie labels like kittridge. "
--eric adkison, magnaphone magazine

"this is a thinking mans album. it’s full of imagery and great lyrics that require careful examination. this is the kind of album you find yourself enjoying several times a day. i would highly recommend this to anyone. "
--drums & wires

"everybody shares the songwriting credits here, so the sound is pretty varied throughout the record. i find that i seem to prefer mia's songs (particularly "collage" and "don't like the way"), but the bats-ish "learning zone", written by marc regueiro-mckelvie, is one of the album's highlights. the closing "love bite" (a bonus track not on the original australian issue) is also a highlight, written by marc and larry gorman musically, i'd say a good comparison is the mad planets, who share the same style, mixing indiepop songs with noisy guitars and sounds. the album's sound is pretty lo-fi, but it suits the songs well, masking them in a haze of fuzz and distortion."
--chris mac, indiepages.com

"new estate plays enjoyable indie pop, sparked by fuzzy guitars, dual boy-girl vocals, and short, upbeat songwriting. the vocals shift gears frequently, moving from subdued to spastic to deadpan. despite a few missteps where songs need some beefing up, considering... shows promise, trying to reinvent itself at every turn, but not straying too far from new estate's accessible rock."
--punk planet

"imagine a toned down punk rock album. with all the raunchiness of elvis and the beastly stateliness of john spencer, new estate is one of those bands from australia that you should probably hear about but for whatever reason don’t seem to. plenty of their songs seem carved straight from the lo-fi turkey but if you discount the fuzzy distorted dissonance you’d have yourself a pretty dandy indie rock album."

"warm, tuneful songs that start, continue until they're over, and then end. fuzzed guitar that weaves in and out of the music. rough edges? sure, "considering..." has a few, but this is plain, honest music. do yourself a big favor and head over to the kittridge records web site. look up the page with song samples. there's a nice long, one to two and a half minute sample from each song on the album. You'll easily be able to tell if you're going to like it (and you will, if you have any soul at all). take a good look at the album cover while you're there. the cover art is a painting by mia schoen, who is featured on this month's art seen page. so do yourself another big favor, follow the links and check her paintings out. they're also very cool."
--tone & groove

"the quartet shows up with 11 songs that recall the earliest, fuzziest incarnations of the apples in stereo, guided by voices, and superchunk... there's something charming about the way these musicians stumble through the door-- the slurred guitar chords, off-key guy/girl vocals and foggy sense of rhythm-- that makes you want them to stay."
--magnet magazine