EXHAUSTION: Phased Out: 12”

From Melbourne, Australia, this band has ex-members of some of my favorite Aussie bands, notably The Onyas, Ooga Boogas, and Witch Hats. It’s a good thing that I’m not a gambling man, because if I had to bet my life savings on what a band with the above lineage would sound like, I would have lost it all. On this record, the sound is primarily stark, with electronic-based, dark songs that at times ride the fence between noise rock and dark, minimal synth-sounding tunes, slogging along and dragging everyone with them. Of the abovementioned bands, the closest reference point would be if the dark and noisy Witch Hats went on a synth-based bender, but this is unique enough to really stand on its own. 

 –Mark Twistworthy (12XU)