Repetitive and uninspired noise pop from Australia. I hear a lot of Fan Death Records in their sound, as well as some of the noisier aspects of the Nirvana catalog. There’s a pop sensibility to the execution, but there are no real hooks. While there are good things going on with the record, the band’s unwillingness to fully commit to anything (as in, full-out noise or true pop structure) shows a band that is taking too many steps to get to where they want to be, making it a chore for the listener to follow along. The lyrics meander but never find a cohesive point. I wouldn’t mind it so much if there wasn’t an overwhelming “cool guy” smarmy attitude around the whole thing (including a hype sticker that touts it as the “greatest noise punk record of recent years”). Pass.
–Ian Wise (Homeless)