Garage rock duo Jake Robertson and Billy Gardner thrive off a backbone of furious guitar-drum exchanges, some truly juvenile synths and super saccharine vocals that make them Ty Seagall's twee equivalent. A collection of sparkly clean punk exercises for the most part, 'Order of Operation' presents a gleefully silly band making well-calculated pop hooks.
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"Ty Livingston Seagull's twee equivalent" says whoever wrote the somewhat dismissive item description for the latest offering from Aussie post-punk garage rockers Ausmuteants, who probably have a lot more in common with Segall's west coast garage predecessors A Frames or a ramshackle DIY punk take on Devo's jerky automaton pop, with some tracks taking on a party-time post-punk feel that's reminding me of Les Savy Fav and UV Race and Heavy Times.
This band does feature the talents of a certain Billy Gardner, though, whose underrated work with his other band The Living Eyes was going to get a mention here before I even realised he was in the band. That explains that similarity. Suffice to say I'm enjoying this album a lot. It's got that same gnarly mixture of tension and abandon that made the first Total Control album and the most recent UV Race one such addictive listening. If gnarly antipodean post-punk with synths is your poison, this is up there with the aforementioned and therefore one of the best things you'll hear all year.
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