Deaf Wish prove that Sub Pops ear for great Australian rock remains sharp.
Deaf Wish prove that Sub Pop's ear for great Australian rock remains sharp. Ela Stiles

Melbourne, Australia's Deaf Wish follow in the storied tradition of noise-rock bands who value melody and nuanced dynamics as much as they do dissonance and aggression. So, you may hear echoes of Sonic Youth, the Scientists, and Bailter Space in Deaf Wish's deceptively moving songs, proving that they're in lofty company and possessed of savvy instincts. This is another example of Sub Pop flexing excellent judgment when it comes to rooting out hard-rocking bands from far-flung places who display a firm grasp of controlled chaos.

"FFS"—an initialism I personally have been using often since November 9, 2016—is a highlight from Deaf Wish's fifth album, Lithium Zion (released July 27; it was mixed and mastered by Mikey Young of Total Control). The rusted-chrome cascades of guitar, adrenaline-spiking rhythms, and guitarist Sarah Hardiman's defiant, Patti Smith-esque vocals cohere into a widescreen anthem worthy of Daydream Nation. You can catch Deaf Wish live at the Highline on Tuesday, September 18.