Debbies

Review

Review by David James Young David James Young

16 Aug 2021

Super Reviewer
40

Debbies are good kids. They're Catholic school survivors like me, and south coast kids making their own fun just like I did when I was their age. The key difference? I wasn't writing anything even remotely fucking close to this good back then. This is a smasher, with a rousing chorus and a real punch in its arrangement. Debbies are good kids, and they're doing fucking great shit....

Debbies are good kids. They're Catholic school survivors like me, and south coast kids making their own fun just like I did when I was their age. The key difference? I wasn't writing anything even remotely fucking close to this good back then. This is a smasher, with a rousing chorus and a real punch in its arrangement. Debbies are good kids, and they're doing fucking great shit.

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1300

Review

Smashmouth

1300

Review by David James Young David James Young

16 Aug 2021

Super Reviewer
45

I ain't the sharpest tool in the shed, but I'm a believer in the notion that 1300 are the future of Australian hip-hop. I can't get enough of it, baby. If you disagree, you might as well be walking on the sun.

I ain't the sharpest tool in the shed, but I'm a believer in the notion that 1300 are the future of Australian hip-hop. I can't get enough of it, baby. If you disagree, you might as well be walking on the sun.

XAVIA

Review

Saulė

XAVIA

Review by David James Young David James Young

16 Aug 2021

Super Reviewer
40

This is absolutely stunning. The kitschy drums and the Omnichord remind me of Hachiku, while the haunting vocal reminds me of Coco Rosie. It's a slowburner but it's hypnotic with how it's executed - when it's on, it's nearly impossible to pay attention to anything else. I'm really looking forward to hearing more where this came from.

This is absolutely stunning. The kitschy drums and the Omnichord remind me of Hachiku, while the haunting vocal reminds me of Coco Rosie. It's a slowburner but it's hypnotic with how it's executed - when it's on, it's nearly impossible to pay attention to anything else. I'm really looking forward to hearing more where this came from.

stripes.

Review

Team Slayer? I Barely Know Her

stripes.

Review by David James Young David James Young

16 Aug 2021

Super Reviewer
35

Damn, for a guitar-and-drums two-piece with the word "Stripes" in their name, this was... not how I was expecting this to sound. A very pleasant surprise, though. The guitar playing is obviously excellent, and I love that homegrown style of twinkle/noodle emo that matches TMP worship with a Strayan drawl. I think the one drawback here is the length - this sucker needed to be three and...

Damn, for a guitar-and-drums two-piece with the word "Stripes" in their name, this was... not how I was expecting this to sound. A very pleasant surprise, though. The guitar playing is obviously excellent, and I love that homegrown style of twinkle/noodle emo that matches TMP worship with a Strayan drawl. I think the one drawback here is the length - this sucker needed to be three and a half, not five and a half. Would have such a bigger impact if it got to the point quicker. I think that's definitely something to explore going ahead, because you lot have shitloads of potential here. Keep up the *biddle diddle b'diddle diddle bee-yew byewp biddledoo* good work.

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Zig Zag

Review

I Care About You

Zig Zag

Review by David James Young David James Young

16 Aug 2021

Super Reviewer
45

Christ on a bike, THIS is the Melbourne I remember. Tussling for space in the front row of Old Bar, or acting like you're too cool to be there upstairs at the Tote. Bass that could cut through steel, the kind of sarcasm that you can SMELL, the ring of a guitar that's been strummed from behind the fretboard or up on the head, just to hear it squeal. Bench Press, Cable Ties, Pinch Point...

Christ on a bike, THIS is the Melbourne I remember. Tussling for space in the front row of Old Bar, or acting like you're too cool to be there upstairs at the Tote. Bass that could cut through steel, the kind of sarcasm that you can SMELL, the ring of a guitar that's been strummed from behind the fretboard or up on the head, just to hear it squeal. Bench Press, Cable Ties, Pinch Points, Peep Tempel. That's how you fucking do it.

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Eloelo

Review

Teenage Movie

Eloelo

Review by David James Young David James Young

16 Aug 2021

Super Reviewer
40

What a charmer. I think you know you're onto a winner when you're singing along to the chorus the second time you're hearing it. Super catchy riff, really nice vocal arrangement and some killer harmonies backing it up. It kind of feels like a prep school Ruby Fields, and I mean that in a good way - it's tidy, it's to-the-point, it's sharp and well-executed.

What a charmer. I think you know you're onto a winner when you're singing along to the chorus the second time you're hearing it. Super catchy riff, really nice vocal arrangement and some killer harmonies backing it up. It kind of feels like a prep school Ruby Fields, and I mean that in a good way - it's tidy, it's to-the-point, it's sharp and well-executed.

Hugo Costin

Review

Crooked Halos

Hugo Costin

Review by David James Young David James Young

16 Aug 2021

Super Reviewer
40

Jesus Christ, is this Hugo Costin as in Toy Boats? It has to be. Holy early 2010s, Batman! Never expected to hear from this kid again, but what a wonderful surprise to hear him back in the saddle. This is such a charming song, that same vibrato that was so present in the Toy Boats era is still here and that second-wave emo flavour is still rolling around in there too. This is like catching up w...

Jesus Christ, is this Hugo Costin as in Toy Boats? It has to be. Holy early 2010s, Batman! Never expected to hear from this kid again, but what a wonderful surprise to hear him back in the saddle. This is such a charming song, that same vibrato that was so present in the Toy Boats era is still here and that second-wave emo flavour is still rolling around in there too. This is like catching up with an old friend that you never thought you'd see again.

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The Money War

Review

Miles Away

The Money War

Review by David James Young David James Young

16 Aug 2021

Super Reviewer
35

Pleasant song. Added a half star for the sax. Honk honk.

Pleasant song. Added a half star for the sax. Honk honk.

TAKARA

Review

off my mind

TAKARA

Review by David James Young David James Young

16 Aug 2021

Super Reviewer
30

There's some strong elements in the mix here - that flamenco guitar sounds like a million bucks, and the melody is easily accessible and its cadence works well with the metre. With that said, this one kind of falls apart for me - and I mean that quite literally. The snare feels out of sync, the mix is really off and there's a build to a chorus that ultimately never comes. It honestly ...

There's some strong elements in the mix here - that flamenco guitar sounds like a million bucks, and the melody is easily accessible and its cadence works well with the metre. With that said, this one kind of falls apart for me - and I mean that quite literally. The snare feels out of sync, the mix is really off and there's a build to a chorus that ultimately never comes. It honestly feels like you uploaded the demo version - the one that existed before you started fleshing out the rest of the track and building it into the pop hit you were clearly going for. I think you'll get there, for sure, but this ain't entirely it.

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miloviti

Review

allnight

miloviti

Review by David James Young David James Young

16 Aug 2021

Super Reviewer
35

This is a very nice song - it's the 80s as remembered by those who weren't there, a la The 1975 and Paradise Club and Japanese Wallpaper and many dream-pop bands on the circuit. I think the key point where it struggles is that it plateaus rather than builds through peaks and valleys. This needed a bit more of a dynamic boost to really seal the deal. What's on offer is really good...

This is a very nice song - it's the 80s as remembered by those who weren't there, a la The 1975 and Paradise Club and Japanese Wallpaper and many dream-pop bands on the circuit. I think the key point where it struggles is that it plateaus rather than builds through peaks and valleys. This needed a bit more of a dynamic boost to really seal the deal. What's on offer is really good, but a bit more oomph could have shot this to four stars and maybe even beyond.

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Mel Bailey

Review

Pachamama

Mel Bailey

Review by David James Young David James Young

16 Aug 2021

Super Reviewer
35

There's a vibe here. Always got time for this nu-soul/future rnb sound. I think the problem here is that it's not so much too little as it is too late - by the time the full band kicks into swing and everyone is feeling it, there's not enough time to really let it marinate. It's all over too soon. Definitely should have brought that forward in the arrangement - a quicker bui...

There's a vibe here. Always got time for this nu-soul/future rnb sound. I think the problem here is that it's not so much too little as it is too late - by the time the full band kicks into swing and everyone is feeling it, there's not enough time to really let it marinate. It's all over too soon. Definitely should have brought that forward in the arrangement - a quicker build could have also given the song much steadier footing so that it could really stick the landing. What we're given here is good - at points really good - but not great.

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Sectionals

Review

Review by David James Young David James Young

16 Aug 2021

Super Reviewer
40

Charming, shimmering, understated guitar pop. Twentysomething resplendence. Antipodean introspect. A winning chorus that could make even the saddest of souls feel less alone. Welcome to the world, Sectionals. It's yours for the taking.

Charming, shimmering, understated guitar pop. Twentysomething resplendence. Antipodean introspect. A winning chorus that could make even the saddest of souls feel less alone. Welcome to the world, Sectionals. It's yours for the taking.

Bella B

Review

Light On

Bella B

Review by David James Young David James Young

16 Aug 2021

Super Reviewer
35

Not bad at all. Very pretty piano, stark post-Lorde production adding a coldness to the warmth of the chords. This isn't fully-realised in terms of either its potential or its execution, but the fact that the potential is bubbling under in the first place means that this kid is worth keeping tabs on. At this stage, I'd grade this song a Bella B+.

Not bad at all. Very pretty piano, stark post-Lorde production adding a coldness to the warmth of the chords. This isn't fully-realised in terms of either its potential or its execution, but the fact that the potential is bubbling under in the first place means that this kid is worth keeping tabs on. At this stage, I'd grade this song a Bella B+.

Eli Greeneyes

Review

Review by David James Young David James Young

24 Mar 2021

Super Reviewer
30

This ALMOST had me. The vocals are strong, the wall of U2 guitars is formidable, the hook is there. My one gripe: What's going on with those drums, man? This needs a "When The Levee Breaks" kick to it, and the beat you've gone with just plateaus the whole thing. Not terrible by any stretch, but I'm hoping for that elevation next time around. Ha, elevation. U2. Get it?

This ALMOST had me. The vocals are strong, the wall of U2 guitars is formidable, the hook is there. My one gripe: What's going on with those drums, man? This needs a "When The Levee Breaks" kick to it, and the beat you've gone with just plateaus the whole thing. Not terrible by any stretch, but I'm hoping for that elevation next time around. Ha, elevation. U2. Get it?

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Somber Hills

Review

Don't Need

Somber Hills

Review by David James Young David James Young

24 Mar 2021

Super Reviewer
30

I like the confidence of someone putting "himself" in the Sounds Like section when there's a dozen artists with "Lil" as a prefix that could fill it. All things considered, this has a lot of potential. The lyrics need a bit of work, and I would have leaned in more on the guitars seeing as you're going for that rock/trap Machine Gun Kelly hybrid, but I'm sure I...

I like the confidence of someone putting "himself" in the Sounds Like section when there's a dozen artists with "Lil" as a prefix that could fill it. All things considered, this has a lot of potential. The lyrics need a bit of work, and I would have leaned in more on the guitars seeing as you're going for that rock/trap Machine Gun Kelly hybrid, but I'm sure I'll have that chorus in my head for the rest of the day - and that's really half the battle, isn't it.

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The Lenores

Review

Review by David James Young David James Young

24 Mar 2021

Super Reviewer
25

The most apparent problem with "Empty" is that it sounds like it was recorded on GarageBand. In a garage. Rather than an aesthetic choice, it comes off as tinny and extremely rough around the edges. This feels like a demo you'd record to get a feel for a song rather than an official single. The vocals lack confidence, the guitar lacks urgency and there's even a few moments w...

The most apparent problem with "Empty" is that it sounds like it was recorded on GarageBand. In a garage. Rather than an aesthetic choice, it comes off as tinny and extremely rough around the edges. This feels like a demo you'd record to get a feel for a song rather than an official single. The vocals lack confidence, the guitar lacks urgency and there's even a few moments where the drums feel out of time. You're obviously a young band, and there's still plenty of time to iron out the kinks. As something you're earnestly trying to put forward, however, this falls considerably short.

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Headwreck

Review

Freefall

Headwreck

Review by David James Young David James Young

24 Mar 2021

Super Reviewer
30

Okay, I get that they're not exactly the most original band on the planet themselves but good GRIEF the Northlane worship on this one is strong. This is like Airbourne to their AC/DC, it's that obvious. Luckily Northlane are excellent, and there are far worse bands to aspire to be. That said, I already know what THEY sound like. I want to know what Headwreck sound like.

Okay, I get that they're not exactly the most original band on the planet themselves but good GRIEF the Northlane worship on this one is strong. This is like Airbourne to their AC/DC, it's that obvious. Luckily Northlane are excellent, and there are far worse bands to aspire to be. That said, I already know what THEY sound like. I want to know what Headwreck sound like.

Cloud Local

Review

Retrospect

Cloud Local

Review by David James Young David James Young

24 Mar 2021

Super Reviewer
40

Hello, Cloud Local. First time listener, first time caller here. Just wanted to let you know this is one of the most impressive, confident and outright catchy pop-rock songs I've come across in quite some time. At first I was peeved that you made us wait for the chorus after that first verse, but that tease made the payoff all the better and I was singing along almost instantly. This is al...

Hello, Cloud Local. First time listener, first time caller here. Just wanted to let you know this is one of the most impressive, confident and outright catchy pop-rock songs I've come across in quite some time. At first I was peeved that you made us wait for the chorus after that first verse, but that tease made the payoff all the better and I was singing along almost instantly. This is also the first time in awhile of doing Unearthed reviews where my immediate instinct was to press play again as soon as the song was finished. That doesn't happen all that often, so consider it high praise. Anyway, good luck out there. As you were.

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Mum Friends

Review

Woke Fuckboy

Mum Friends

Review by David James Young David James Young

24 Mar 2021

Super Reviewer
35

If this was purely a review of both the band name and song title, it'd be a 5/5. Maybe even a 6/5 - although lest we forget it's spelled "fuccboi." Anyway, back to the matter at hand - there's some really cool elements at play here. Wasn't expecting the harmonies, liked the crunch in the guitar tone and even the drums had a good bit of kick to them. I suppose the b...

If this was purely a review of both the band name and song title, it'd be a 5/5. Maybe even a 6/5 - although lest we forget it's spelled "fuccboi." Anyway, back to the matter at hand - there's some really cool elements at play here. Wasn't expecting the harmonies, liked the crunch in the guitar tone and even the drums had a good bit of kick to them. I suppose the biggest gripe is just how... polite the delivery is? The melodies are sweet enough, the sour should come with a more aggressive vocal take to balance out the contrast. The mix on the guitar solo at the end is pretty poor, too - not sure how that happened given the rest of the guitars sound great. Minor quibbles aside, my interest has definitely been piqued. Look forward to seeing what comes of this band.

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Bella Ferraro

Review

Believe You

Bella Ferraro

Review by David James Young David James Young

09 Nov 2020

Super Reviewer
30

Considering this coming off a considerable hiatus, it's commendable to have gotten back on the wagon with such relative ease. The vocals are of particular note here - the cadence, timing and melody really pop. It's the kind of tune you can get in your head pretty easily. There's even a certain lilt in the voice, almost reminiscent of someone like Dolores O'Riordan. Productio...

Considering this coming off a considerable hiatus, it's commendable to have gotten back on the wagon with such relative ease. The vocals are of particular note here - the cadence, timing and melody really pop. It's the kind of tune you can get in your head pretty easily. There's even a certain lilt in the voice, almost reminiscent of someone like Dolores O'Riordan. Production-wise this is a little thin on the ground, and I would have perhaps taken a second run at the lyrics. Aside from that, there's a lot of potential here. I'm liking the chances of it being realised before too long.

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