Here’s ‘Straight For My Heart,’ the latest single from Dunedin, New Zealand-based shoegaze/alt-rock duo Astro Children (Millie Lovelock and Isaac Hickey). Some of you may be familiar with Millie from her One Direction inspired bedroom folk-pop project Repulsive Woman.

Millie and Isaac have been playing together for over half a decade. In that time, they’ve released several projects and performed up and down their home country to appreciative audiences. Along the way, Astro Children have cultivated an aesthetic where Isaac’s muscular rhythms play against Millie’s dirty, fuzzed-out guitars and half-sung, half-shouted vocals, in the process, recalling the lurch and menace of classic post-punk. ‘Straight For My Heart,’ sees them in fine form as ever, and points the way forwards their forthcoming new album Turnpike, recorded and produced by Jonathan Pearce.

Near the end of September, Astro Children were invited to perform a cover of ‘Getting Older’ by local indie-rock legends The Clean at The APRA Silver Scroll Awards in Dunedin, in celebration of their induction into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame. On the night, they performed ‘Getting Older’ in collaboration with Māori psychedelic rock guitarist Billy TK (a cult hero in guitar circles), and Lucy Hunter from fellow Dunedin alt-pop experimentalists Opposite Sex.

Watch Astro Children, Lucy Hunter, and Billy TK perform ‘Getting Older’ by The Clean.