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The eponymously-titled album by this Melbourne quartet is a real blast. It's one of those multi-faceted treats that come out of nowhere and begin to persistently beg to be put in the player whenever you pass within three feet even when you have loads of other things you really should be listening to. It's dominant and demanding to put it another way. The style errs towards propulsive tumbling drums, stark rhythms, weird electronics and clattering post-punk.
The CD opens with something akin to Nick Cave circa 'The Mercy Seat' spliced with ‘Heaven Up Here'-era Bunnymen. It fucking floors man. 'Revealer' sounds like early Pram crossed with Liquid Liquid with a passionate Australian man on vocals. Another track, the much-lauded, spacious and dubby 'Ghostwalking', captures names in my swirling mind such as This Heat!, Section 25 and Long Fin Killie but all compressed into a blissful sensual organic groove that really hits the spot.They're full of ideas too, I dig the stark poetry and distant rumbling oscillating noise of 'Felt Like a Memory' and I'm again dragged back into the world of a young Ian McCulloch by 'Slim Dandy', this time bursting with a more HTRK/Birthday Party psychotic tribal intensity. I'll leave you there to digest my words and consider sticking this in your cart. It’s one of my surprises of the year (along with this weeks' alarmingly good Daughn Gibson record) and hopefully it could be yours too - they've been called the best band in Melbourne right now, probably for good reason, this album burns rubber.
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