It happens only every now and then: a band surfaces whose intoxicating display of musicianship, song writing ability, and undeniable allure makes one question why on Earth more people haven’t twigged. Staking their claim amongst the Australianasoaked rock and roll that has defined a generation, this is Melbourne-based six-piece Money For Rope, set to tour the country in August, 2013. Money For Rope’s trademark soul-inspired rock instrumentation is as much a homage to the electrifyingly gritty aesthetic of Radio Birdman, The Vasco Era, and Franz Ferdinand as it is to the rich, heady tones of The Black Keys, The Vines, and Fraser A Gorman. The band’s debut self-titled LP released in April, 2012 on the fresh-faced Thornbury Records label is truly a force to be reckoned with. The production skills of Steven Schram (Cat Empire, Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes, Little Red, Devastations) pay homage to Money For Rope’s clever blend of gritty soul and rock and roll.