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Excess and Expenditure (single)

by Ov Pain

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It Records is excited to release a brand new track from Dunedin/Melbourne experimental darkwave duo Ov Pain (Tim Player/ Renee Barrance). ‘Excess and Expenditure’ is the first taste off their forthcoming sophomore album The Churning Blue of Noon due for release in 2021. Building on the cold wave, post-punk sound of their debut album, ‘Excess and Expenditure’ sees Ov Pain wade deep into heavier territory enveloping the listener in a languid wave of gothic drone. Barrance’s deadpan vocal radiates in incantation above a dense wall of humming synth and echoing drums, later accented by Player on sax.

Inspired by both the slowness and heaviness of doom bands but without the presence of rock’s holiest instrument, the guitar, Ov Pain weave a soundscape thick and heady. The lyrics spell out a cryptic, largely first-person narrative, that plays the dystopic off against the uplifting. This is a tactic the band makes good use of, on this track, throughout the album and especially performing live. ‘Excess and Expenditure’ distils this tacit experience and presents the tonic in a pop-form bullet. The experience is cathartic rather than depressing. Keeping the listener suspended, floating, not knowing if they are slowly (so slowly) falling or rising.


released November 20, 2020
Renee Barrance: Vocals, Synths
Tim Player: Drums, Saxaphone

Recorded by: Simon Maisch
Mastered by: Forbes Williams
Cover Art: Josh Watson


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Ov Pain Dunedin, New Zealand

Comprised of partners Renee Barrance (Élan Vital) and Tim Player (Opposite Sex), OV PAIN have been working out of Dunedin, New Zealand, for the past 12 months and are currently touring in Germany. they lay waste to that imbecilic notion that new possibilities within rock and roll are destined to be staid bloated rituals engineered in pursuit of a cheap buck or a quick fuck. ... more

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