Doing their bit to keep the vibrant Aussie rock 'n' roll scene alive, Martyr Privates present their self-titled new record, a collection of heavy rock tunes with indie and psych rock influences to their side. Martyr Privates have taken a bit of the recent garage rock obsession in their stride, but they cast a long list of inspirations, from Moon Duo to Spacemen 3.
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From the look of this record I thought it was going to be some sort of noise-punk business but it's actually something much more mid-paced than that. Just goes to show you can't judge a record by its cover...except when you can. What's going on here is a slow-paced indie pop full of crunchy distorted guitar, owing heavy debts to the likes of Spacemen 3, the Jesus and Mary Chain and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, but with quite a harsh gainy jangle to the guitars which has a hint of Antipodeans like The Clean about it. Influences range all the way "from Moon Duo to Spacemen 3" says our in-house DescriptionBot.
They're pretty good at it too, with a well measured mixture of strong simple hooks, fizzing walls of distortion and kraut-like repetition along with a sneering monotone vocal that's like a slightly punkier Ian Brown. It's a louche and uncluttered take on a tried and tested formula - less-is-more songwriting meets more-is-more tone abuse. When they do mix things up and drop the distortion on the sombre penultimate track 'Rope & Tarp' I just find myself thinking things have taken a turn for the Glasvegas and it's a relief to hear that familiar crunch back in full effect for closer 'Sores'. When they stick to their strengths, though, this is very enjoyable - simple fuzzy psych-kraut coated with a sticky sheen of grunge filth.
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