Stevie Jean

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Review by David James Young David James Young

24 Mar 2020

Super Reviewer
35

Yeah, this is fucking COOL man. Stevie's got some sass on her, that snare has some serious crack to it and I can feel that bass-line in my chest. This one gets downright mean at points, and that's exactly the kind of vibe that you want. Roots-rock revival for 2020? Why not!

Yeah, this is fucking COOL man. Stevie's got some sass on her, that snare has some serious crack to it and I can feel that bass-line in my chest. This one gets downright mean at points, and that's exactly the kind of vibe that you want. Roots-rock revival for 2020? Why not!

The Flock

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Review by David James Young David James Young

24 Mar 2020

Super Reviewer
20

This is played very competently, there isn't a foot out of place and it's one of the most concise, tidy rock songs I've heard in a while... so why is it that I feel next to nothing when I hear this? There's no urgency here, there's no grand statement to be made with the lyrics and the execution ultimately feels unremarkable. This is a sandwich with the crusts cut off - ...

This is played very competently, there isn't a foot out of place and it's one of the most concise, tidy rock songs I've heard in a while... so why is it that I feel next to nothing when I hear this? There's no urgency here, there's no grand statement to be made with the lyrics and the execution ultimately feels unremarkable. This is a sandwich with the crusts cut off - the taste is still there, but it feels entirely too safe.

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Harding's House

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Mar 2020

Super Reviewer
25

This feels really underdeveloped. I understand that it's trying to soundtrack a hangover, but the dragging rhythm and lackadaisical delivery doesn't warrant any intrigue or investment. It feels more like a poor Horrorshow impression than something singular or identifying. There's ability present, it's just not being realised the way that it should be.

This feels really underdeveloped. I understand that it's trying to soundtrack a hangover, but the dragging rhythm and lackadaisical delivery doesn't warrant any intrigue or investment. It feels more like a poor Horrorshow impression than something singular or identifying. There's ability present, it's just not being realised the way that it should be.

Tiarnie

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Mar 2020

Super Reviewer
30

Pleasant and not too demanding with a nice little bit of subtle lead guitar and a sweet vocal. "I'm Fine" indeed. That said, I did like the lyrical sting in the tail that came with the titular reveal. Good luck out there.

Pleasant and not too demanding with a nice little bit of subtle lead guitar and a sweet vocal. "I'm Fine" indeed. That said, I did like the lyrical sting in the tail that came with the titular reveal. Good luck out there.

Plovers

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Mar 2020

Super Reviewer
35

If your dad is into The Mark Of Cain or Blacklevel Embassy or anything else that's mean, muscly and working class, and he reckons "they don't make 'em like this anymore," send him Plovers' way. He might not trust them, being millennials and all, but this is burly noise-rock with much more brawn than you might have anticipated.

If your dad is into The Mark Of Cain or Blacklevel Embassy or anything else that's mean, muscly and working class, and he reckons "they don't make 'em like this anymore," send him Plovers' way. He might not trust them, being millennials and all, but this is burly noise-rock with much more brawn than you might have anticipated.

UNI/VS

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Mar 2020

Super Reviewer
30

I've been sent a lot of heavy Australian stuff lately, and a lot of it is fine but nothing has well and truly wowed me in a long time - especially in the "one guy screams, the other guy sings" department. I wish you guys all the best, but I really hope you find something fresh to do - being complacent won't get you anywhere beyond the opening slot on the bill.

I've been sent a lot of heavy Australian stuff lately, and a lot of it is fine but nothing has well and truly wowed me in a long time - especially in the "one guy screams, the other guy sings" department. I wish you guys all the best, but I really hope you find something fresh to do - being complacent won't get you anywhere beyond the opening slot on the bill.

Starve

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Mar 2020

Super Reviewer
30

This is fine. It's entirely serviceable. It's adequate. It's very clear what you're going for, and it's done respectfully enough. The issue is that there are literally hundreds of bands across Australia doing the exact same thing. What do you plan on doing to make people care about Starve over all of them? What is going to make them want to go out of their way to see yo...

This is fine. It's entirely serviceable. It's adequate. It's very clear what you're going for, and it's done respectfully enough. The issue is that there are literally hundreds of bands across Australia doing the exact same thing. What do you plan on doing to make people care about Starve over all of them? What is going to make them want to go out of their way to see you? What is something you can offer other bands cannot? These are things you should genuinely be considering going ahead.

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mambali

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Mar 2020

Super Reviewer
30

Nice one guys, great to hear more Unearthed tracks in language and this has a great groove to it. Love and respect.

Nice one guys, great to hear more Unearthed tracks in language and this has a great groove to it. Love and respect.

Major Arcana

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Mar 2020

Super Reviewer
30

Okay, let's look at the positives here: That's a tasty riff. Y'all must have been on that good kush when that bad boy came together. Instrumentally, this is really strong. My sole reservation is with the vocals - you either need to go full Crowbar and just howl the house down, or you need to give this the Cro-Mags treatment. The soft, semi-spoken vocals aren't gonna cut it. ...

Okay, let's look at the positives here: That's a tasty riff. Y'all must have been on that good kush when that bad boy came together. Instrumentally, this is really strong. My sole reservation is with the vocals - you either need to go full Crowbar and just howl the house down, or you need to give this the Cro-Mags treatment. The soft, semi-spoken vocals aren't gonna cut it. Go hard or don't go at all - seriously, this could absolutely work as an instrumental.

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The Shang

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Mar 2020

Super Reviewer
30

I was intrigued by the opening here, as it reminded me of Ray Of Light by Madonna and the chord progression reminded me of the guys in Eliza & The Delusionals. I think there's a solid structure of a pop-rock hit here, the only problem lies in the vocals. They're all head and no heart - it feels like machismo where it's really not required. I would have taken it in a different...

I was intrigued by the opening here, as it reminded me of Ray Of Light by Madonna and the chord progression reminded me of the guys in Eliza & The Delusionals. I think there's a solid structure of a pop-rock hit here, the only problem lies in the vocals. They're all head and no heart - it feels like machismo where it's really not required. I would have taken it in a different direction myself. Something to work on, anyway. Gosh, you kids are young. You'll figure it out.

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Marrow Lane

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Mar 2020

Super Reviewer
30

As a band you're very clearly influenced by once said: It's all about confidence, baby. If you're going to try pursuing the roots-rock/reggae sound, dive in from a great height. Make a splash. Do something to stand out. Here, you're just dipping your toes in the ocean (alley). My advice? Don't stay in your Lane - swerve and see what happens.

As a band you're very clearly influenced by once said: It's all about confidence, baby. If you're going to try pursuing the roots-rock/reggae sound, dive in from a great height. Make a splash. Do something to stand out. Here, you're just dipping your toes in the ocean (alley). My advice? Don't stay in your Lane - swerve and see what happens.

Hope Wilkins

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Mar 2020

Super Reviewer
35

A little alt-country shuffle with a nu-folk swing and a couple of cheeky Easter eggs via lifting the chorus medley of The Lumineers' "Ho Hey" and the hook of Damien Rice's "Rootless Tree." In that respect, "L.I." feels like a mosaic - it's made up of a lot of other artworks, but when you take a step back and look at it in its own right it's a be...

A little alt-country shuffle with a nu-folk swing and a couple of cheeky Easter eggs via lifting the chorus medley of The Lumineers' "Ho Hey" and the hook of Damien Rice's "Rootless Tree." In that respect, "L.I." feels like a mosaic - it's made up of a lot of other artworks, but when you take a step back and look at it in its own right it's a beautiful creation as well.

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DOS ENOS

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Mar 2020

Super Reviewer
35

This is a completely different Dos Enos to the one I used to see kicking around bars in Wollongong a few years ago - I legitimately had to double check it was the same band. This is a surprising change, but a welcome one. The bass work here is really cool, and the snare has a real crack to it that is irresistible. Look forward to checking back in again in a couple of years, when they've in...

This is a completely different Dos Enos to the one I used to see kicking around bars in Wollongong a few years ago - I legitimately had to double check it was the same band. This is a surprising change, but a welcome one. The bass work here is really cool, and the snare has a real crack to it that is irresistible. Look forward to checking back in again in a couple of years, when they've inevitably turned into a thrash metal band.

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Peachfield

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Mar 2020

Super Reviewer
30

A very nice track, tasteful guitar work and pleasant storytelling. I wish there was a little more to grip onto here, be it sonically incorporating more in the arrangement or lyrically giving more urgency to the imagery and storytelling. I think there's more here, and I want to see more from Peachfield.

A very nice track, tasteful guitar work and pleasant storytelling. I wish there was a little more to grip onto here, be it sonically incorporating more in the arrangement or lyrically giving more urgency to the imagery and storytelling. I think there's more here, and I want to see more from Peachfield.

Daggy Man

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Review by David James Young David James Young

07 Feb 2020

Super Reviewer
25

For me, I think the issue here is that there are two very different songs trying to be heard at the same time. There's an earnest piano ballad in there, but also an arty avant-garde composition. You know how when you hear "Drops of Jupiter," you don't also hear "O Superman"? That's on purpose. I respect the ambition, but it doesn't feel like it's bee...

For me, I think the issue here is that there are two very different songs trying to be heard at the same time. There's an earnest piano ballad in there, but also an arty avant-garde composition. You know how when you hear "Drops of Jupiter," you don't also hear "O Superman"? That's on purpose. I respect the ambition, but it doesn't feel like it's been put to constructive use here. Besides, at 2.5 minutes, it feels like it peters out before it can really get going. I would suggest figuring out exactly what you want to do next before proceeding, as it's crucial to get the balance right.

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Quivers

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Review by David James Young David James Young

19 Nov 2019

Super Reviewer
45

That Johnny Marr guitar jangle. That Grant McLennan lyric set. That Lucksmiths chorus. Sure, this is a musical mosaic, but it's also an entirely arresting work of art on its own accord. It hits with all the pensive, reflective joy of a bittersweet Sunday morning. It's not often you can honestly say "I wish I wrote this song," but a myriad of singer-songwriters will be servin...

That Johnny Marr guitar jangle. That Grant McLennan lyric set. That Lucksmiths chorus. Sure, this is a musical mosaic, but it's also an entirely arresting work of art on its own accord. It hits with all the pensive, reflective joy of a bittersweet Sunday morning. It's not often you can honestly say "I wish I wrote this song," but a myriad of singer-songwriters will be serving as the proverbial Spartacus on that front after hearing this.

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Flowermouth

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Review by David James Young David James Young

12 Oct 2019

Super Reviewer
45

Honestly, it is so goddamn nice to hear some alternative rock that doesn't view bands like Gin Blossoms and the Goo Goo Dolls as some sort of guilty pleasures. This song could have been a huge hit single from either band - let alone a local band like Motor Ace or Something for Kate - and the fact it translates just as well in 2019 as it would have in 1996 or 1999 or 2001 says a lot about i...

Honestly, it is so goddamn nice to hear some alternative rock that doesn't view bands like Gin Blossoms and the Goo Goo Dolls as some sort of guilty pleasures. This song could have been a huge hit single from either band - let alone a local band like Motor Ace or Something for Kate - and the fact it translates just as well in 2019 as it would have in 1996 or 1999 or 2001 says a lot about its evergreen nature. Flowermouth may well be one of the best bands in the country. You can quote me on that. They have the songs to back it up.

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Machine Age

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Oct 2019

Super Reviewer
35

A lot to appreciate here from a production standpoint - the bass is thick and steely, the electronic ambience builds and swells, the synth-strings layer in really nicely. This hits a sweet spot somewhere in-between Digitalism, RUFUS DU SOL and Bronski Beat. A very pleasant, pleasing listen.

A lot to appreciate here from a production standpoint - the bass is thick and steely, the electronic ambience builds and swells, the synth-strings layer in really nicely. This hits a sweet spot somewhere in-between Digitalism, RUFUS DU SOL and Bronski Beat. A very pleasant, pleasing listen.

SCABZ

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Oct 2019

Super Reviewer
40

This is the best The Shittest Band In Newtown have ever sounded - both from a songwriting and recording standpoint. This one has been a highlight of their recent setlists, and hearing it knocked out of the park in the studio is just awesome to see. Cheers as, legends.

This is the best The Shittest Band In Newtown have ever sounded - both from a songwriting and recording standpoint. This one has been a highlight of their recent setlists, and hearing it knocked out of the park in the studio is just awesome to see. Cheers as, legends.

Hope Wilkins

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Oct 2019

Super Reviewer
35

I have to pay the bait and switch of this song - luring you in with the quaint acoustic guitar before switching gears to the full-band arrangement. It works really well, although I feel like there should have been a bit more layering to the guitar work and a bit more low-end to the bass to really add that sense of contrast. The constant through the whole thing is Hope's voice - fuck me dea...

I have to pay the bait and switch of this song - luring you in with the quaint acoustic guitar before switching gears to the full-band arrangement. It works really well, although I feel like there should have been a bit more layering to the guitar work and a bit more low-end to the bass to really add that sense of contrast. The constant through the whole thing is Hope's voice - fuck me dead, the kid can sing. No matter what style she's going for, she sounds fantastic. Overall, I think this is impressive and gives us even more promise for whatever may come next from her. There's Hope for the future yet.

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