Dirty Little Rebels

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Reviewed by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

10 Dec 2011

Super Reviewer
30

It's not often I recommend this, but this might have been better served by being somewhat longer. The guitar solo is tightly wound in the best possible way, though it feels thrown out of balance by the sharp ending. Not a whole lot to the lyric but I'd be silly to criticise that - the song gets by on sheer driving energy, and that's most important.

It's not often I recommend this, but this might have been better served by being somewhat longer. The guitar solo is tightly wound in the best possible way, though it feels thrown out of balance by the sharp ending. Not a whole lot to the lyric but I'd be silly to criticise that - the song gets by on sheer driving energy, and that's most important.

Admella

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Reviewed by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

10 Dec 2011

Super Reviewer
30

Nice chemistry between the guitars - clear evidence of listening to each other (which is more than I can say for most bands of a similar style, so you're a step ahead already! Fading them back in was a sweet move, also). I just felt that a bit of momentum was lost from the shouted section (2:10) onwards... the lyrics accurately express what they need to, but I reckon that spot in particula...

Nice chemistry between the guitars - clear evidence of listening to each other (which is more than I can say for most bands of a similar style, so you're a step ahead already! Fading them back in was a sweet move, also). I just felt that a bit of momentum was lost from the shouted section (2:10) onwards... the lyrics accurately express what they need to, but I reckon that spot in particular would be more effective if it were - not whispered, but more restrained as it's still building up to a heavier part. That's a relatively minor complaint though - this is still a cut above standard pop punk. The best problem for a band to have is the matter of 'where-to-from-here'... I look forward to finding out!

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Saskwatch

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Reviewed by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

10 Dec 2011

Super Reviewer
40

Some seriously delicious chord changes in here. I like how it feels simultaneously 'off' the beat with the drums, while the piano (keyboard?) and tambourine relentlessly land 'on' it. Most groups with more than six members generally succumb to the temptations of indulgence, but this has a fantastic, thoughtful arrangement. With a long summer holiday awaiting, I'll be li...

Some seriously delicious chord changes in here. I like how it feels simultaneously 'off' the beat with the drums, while the piano (keyboard?) and tambourine relentlessly land 'on' it. Most groups with more than six members generally succumb to the temptations of indulgence, but this has a fantastic, thoughtful arrangement. With a long summer holiday awaiting, I'll be listening to the radio (including the Unearthed station!) a lot more... I think this deserves regular rotation if it hasn't got that already.

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Colour Meets Canvas

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Reviewed by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

10 Oct 2011

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30

We could do with a couple of bands like yours around my part of town! This is clearly a cut above the regulation pop-punk style, with a much greater melodic range than most similar bands would consider. Well-arranged recording, too. The problem is that although you work well within these boundaries, you haven't quite yet found a way to develop beyond them. Don't take that too hard tho...

We could do with a couple of bands like yours around my part of town! This is clearly a cut above the regulation pop-punk style, with a much greater melodic range than most similar bands would consider. Well-arranged recording, too. The problem is that although you work well within these boundaries, you haven't quite yet found a way to develop beyond them. Don't take that too hard though - it's actually a good problem for a young band to have!

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The Outcasts Of

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Reviewed by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

09 Aug 2011

Super Reviewer
40

You've done well to take a kind of character who's been written about a lot, and manage to humanise it. While part of me would like to hear you with a rounded-out lineup, I think the absence of bass and drums could be a positive point of difference for you. A lovely voice - just be careful to keep steady with the microphone, as occasionally there's a note which cuts off too soon....

You've done well to take a kind of character who's been written about a lot, and manage to humanise it. While part of me would like to hear you with a rounded-out lineup, I think the absence of bass and drums could be a positive point of difference for you. A lovely voice - just be careful to keep steady with the microphone, as occasionally there's a note which cuts off too soon. Nice understated guitar work - the capo is an undervalued device!

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Smells Like September

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Reviewed by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

09 Aug 2011

Super Reviewer
50

Starts with a wonderful opening line, and doesn't waste a second afterwards. A classic structure with just the right amount of variation to maintain excitement - the five bar phrase in the chorus is a great touch. Can somebody arrange to have this played on the radio? Please?

Starts with a wonderful opening line, and doesn't waste a second afterwards. A classic structure with just the right amount of variation to maintain excitement - the five bar phrase in the chorus is a great touch. Can somebody arrange to have this played on the radio? Please?

Russian Kidd

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Reviewed by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

07 May 2011

Super Reviewer
40

I'm a sucker for semitone-based chord progressions... you must have known! Might not have been intentional, but the high vocal note at the end of the chorus is a great match to the repeated line "Let me go". An example of how lyrics and music can intertwine, rather than being separate entities. Good to hear a guitar tone that DOESN'T sound like it's been sterilised by e...

I'm a sucker for semitone-based chord progressions... you must have known! Might not have been intentional, but the high vocal note at the end of the chorus is a great match to the repeated line "Let me go". An example of how lyrics and music can intertwine, rather than being separate entities. Good to hear a guitar tone that DOESN'T sound like it's been sterilised by effects then neutered by Pro Tools. Praise also for the solo; technically impressive without weighing down the song. A few lyrics could do with revision; especially the recurring "okay" in verse two. That's only a minor criticism, though. Otherwise, there are plenty of positive signs here.

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Taylor Maid

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Reviewed by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

07 May 2011

Super Reviewer
30

Tom de Longe would blush if he heard this. I never thought I'd laugh out loud at a lyric like "It's my zipper, bitch". But I did. That in itself is a major achievement. If I analysed this purely on its musical properties I'd be missing the point, but the dramatic slower section does good service to the... erm, narrative!

Tom de Longe would blush if he heard this. I never thought I'd laugh out loud at a lyric like "It's my zipper, bitch". But I did. That in itself is a major achievement. If I analysed this purely on its musical properties I'd be missing the point, but the dramatic slower section does good service to the... erm, narrative!

Joshy Willo

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Reviewed by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

01 Apr 2011

Super Reviewer
30

The chord progressions are pleasantly predictable for the most part, saved from cliche by some sweet 7th chords. Occasionally the tracks fall out of time with each other, but in an endearing sort of way. The tambourine is an underrated instrument. This is proof that the ukulele needn't always be a comedy instrument.

The chord progressions are pleasantly predictable for the most part, saved from cliche by some sweet 7th chords. Occasionally the tracks fall out of time with each other, but in an endearing sort of way. The tambourine is an underrated instrument. This is proof that the ukulele needn't always be a comedy instrument.

Drawcard

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Reviewed by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

11 Mar 2011

Super Reviewer
30

Without meaning to sound too jaded, I've heard this sound quite often before. That said, you play it more impressively than a lot of others, especially considering some of my less pleasant experiences at Soundwave the other week. Not often that I say this, but it would be nice to hear the guitars a little higher in the mix (might not be a significant problem, as when writing this I could o...

Without meaning to sound too jaded, I've heard this sound quite often before. That said, you play it more impressively than a lot of others, especially considering some of my less pleasant experiences at Soundwave the other week. Not often that I say this, but it would be nice to hear the guitars a little higher in the mix (might not be a significant problem, as when writing this I could only listen at a relatively low volume!). Despite the vocals possibly being too high up, they're clearly a strong point, and won't be hurt by the strong presence. Melody is often lost in the pursuit of power. You've shown it's possible to have both.

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Claire

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Reviewed by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

10 Feb 2011

Super Reviewer
40

Lots of things to compliment here. Each instrument makes a telling contribution, but it never feels like an overblown virtuoso parade. I like how the winding bassline momentarily locks in with the vocals in the verses. You're just as well suited on sprawling adventures like this as you are with shorter, more 'compact' songs (and a sensitivity to dynamics with goes beyond soft-ver...

Lots of things to compliment here. Each instrument makes a telling contribution, but it never feels like an overblown virtuoso parade. I like how the winding bassline momentarily locks in with the vocals in the verses. You're just as well suited on sprawling adventures like this as you are with shorter, more 'compact' songs (and a sensitivity to dynamics with goes beyond soft-verse-heavy-chorus). Just a minor complaint about the vocal microphone around 1:40, but that's barely worth a mention. It's clear that the arrangement was constructed very carefully, rather than as an afterthought (which is the impression I get from most contemporary bands)- the clean guitar making way for the tremolo/fuzz solo was a subtle, yet effective touch. These things don't go unnoticed!

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Claire

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Reviewed by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

30 Jan 2011

Super Reviewer
40

Storms in like something from side B of Nevermind, but there's much more to this than pure punk fury. Most bands would have steamrolled that song at breakneck speed. You dragged the tempo back at just the right moment, and the song is much better off for the change of pace. I love the bluntness in some of the lyrics. 'But there's just one problem/ I don't wanna talk to you&#...

Storms in like something from side B of Nevermind, but there's much more to this than pure punk fury. Most bands would have steamrolled that song at breakneck speed. You dragged the tempo back at just the right moment, and the song is much better off for the change of pace. I love the bluntness in some of the lyrics. 'But there's just one problem/ I don't wanna talk to you'. That cracked me up. Impressive Franz Ferdinand vocal impersonation, too!

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Mastacraft

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Reviewed by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

16 Jan 2011

Super Reviewer
40

3.5 stars, but my good mood allows for a round-up. An admission that this reviewer listens to little Australian hip-hop is worth making, though this is quite impressive. Pitch-shifted vocal samples aren't my musical cup of tea, but credit for working it into the verse as an instrument in its own right. The warm-toned synth bass and drum fills in the last verse are nice production touches a...

3.5 stars, but my good mood allows for a round-up. An admission that this reviewer listens to little Australian hip-hop is worth making, though this is quite impressive. Pitch-shifted vocal samples aren't my musical cup of tea, but credit for working it into the verse as an instrument in its own right. The warm-toned synth bass and drum fills in the last verse are nice production touches as well. The rhymes are relatively simple, which isn't much of a criticism- too much complexity could have overwhelmed the narrative, so it works well here.

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Pink Rabbit

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Reviewed by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

12 Jan 2011

Super Reviewer
40

I'm liking this. The vocal microphone tone is a little incongruous with what's going on... would like to hear it cleaner. That's only a minor recommendation. Great change at the end. Just when that gently melancholic groove was at risk of becoming stagnant, in come the fuzzy guitars. It's all done very tastefully, as well... no unnecessary solos or vocal histrionics. Nice wo...

I'm liking this. The vocal microphone tone is a little incongruous with what's going on... would like to hear it cleaner. That's only a minor recommendation. Great change at the end. Just when that gently melancholic groove was at risk of becoming stagnant, in come the fuzzy guitars. It's all done very tastefully, as well... no unnecessary solos or vocal histrionics. Nice work, I'll be listening out for more!

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Fractions

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Reviewed by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

17 Dec 2010

Super Reviewer
40

Here's an example of that all-too-rare quality in electronically inclined rockers: understanding of dynamics. Starts off somewhat anonymously, but eventually develops its own unique character (credit especially to the drummer for this). I like how you resisted the temptation to go for a final chorus at the end- it's often nice to hear a subversion of normal song structure.

Here's an example of that all-too-rare quality in electronically inclined rockers: understanding of dynamics. Starts off somewhat anonymously, but eventually develops its own unique character (credit especially to the drummer for this). I like how you resisted the temptation to go for a final chorus at the end- it's often nice to hear a subversion of normal song structure.

No Art

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Reviewed by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

17 Dec 2010

Super Reviewer
40

Like a similarly named American duo, you clearly have a love of scuzzy tones and lively tempo. But where most bands working around this territory would likely incinerate the song in a blaze of screaming distortion, you were clever enough to pull back the throttle; proving that pop and noise needn't be enemies. Confession time: It's been a little while now since I've listened to T...

Like a similarly named American duo, you clearly have a love of scuzzy tones and lively tempo. But where most bands working around this territory would likely incinerate the song in a blaze of screaming distortion, you were clever enough to pull back the throttle; proving that pop and noise needn't be enemies. Confession time: It's been a little while now since I've listened to Triple J (sorry, Richard). With stuff like this on the air, I better tune that dial back.

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The Winters End

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Reviewed by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

11 Apr 2010

Super Reviewer
40

Short, but gorgeous. Love how the voices overlap/harmonise towards the end. And the lead guitar part is great as well. Hate to sound like an annoying producer again, but I wonder if you could make it (more) lullaby-like by playing the lead guitar part on piano as well- just near the end or something. These are only casual suggestions, of course. Either way, it's very nice.

Short, but gorgeous. Love how the voices overlap/harmonise towards the end. And the lead guitar part is great as well. Hate to sound like an annoying producer again, but I wonder if you could make it (more) lullaby-like by playing the lead guitar part on piano as well- just near the end or something. These are only casual suggestions, of course. Either way, it's very nice.

The Winters End

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Reviewed by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

11 Apr 2010

Super Reviewer
40

I like the acoustic part that runs through this- simple melody, but sweetly sad. Reminds me of ‘Half Right’ by Heatmiser (don’t call a lawyer; only indie fags like me would recognise that). The lyrics convey a kind of emotional neutrality ‘Don’t wanna be your friend/ Don’t wanna be your enemy’, but there’s an underlying suggestion of bitterness/regret. It’s nice when lyrics ha...

I like the acoustic part that runs through this- simple melody, but sweetly sad. Reminds me of ‘Half Right’ by Heatmiser (don’t call a lawyer; only indie fags like me would recognise that). The lyrics convey a kind of emotional neutrality ‘Don’t wanna be your friend/ Don’t wanna be your enemy’, but there’s an underlying suggestion of bitterness/regret. It’s nice when lyrics have layers. Like sonic onions. I'm gonna start a new paragraph just to let that concept sink in. It was cool how the chorus gave a generous serving of the ‘sweet harmony’ promised by the first verse. You could probably cut the length of each verse down. I’m not sure if they need six repetitions of the riff- maybe four would help the flow. You could even shorten the first to four and leave the second as it is, would play some nice irony off the song title. Maybe bring the drums back in at 2:10- it just might give the song a little extra ‘kick’. Sorry, that was horrid. I’ll do better next time.

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The Frowning Clouds

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Reviewed by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

04 Feb 2010

Super Reviewer
50

There's a strong Kinks flavour running through this- I'd like to see more bands like you looking further back than The Strokes, and taking inspiration from the earlier garage rock sounds. Still, retro on its own isn't enough; the key is that you guys play with an energy that brings the song to life. From the sound of this, you're deserving of all the airplay and publicity JJ...

There's a strong Kinks flavour running through this- I'd like to see more bands like you looking further back than The Strokes, and taking inspiration from the earlier garage rock sounds. Still, retro on its own isn't enough; the key is that you guys play with an energy that brings the song to life. From the sound of this, you're deserving of all the airplay and publicity JJJ has given you. 4 1/2 stars, but I'll round it up to 5 :)

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Trap Set

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Reviewed by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

08 Nov 2009

Super Reviewer
30

Just heard this on digital Unearthed radio. I like how the song title is cleverly contrasted by the jagged rhythms, and complimented by the monotonous vocals. Speaking of which, I'd like to hear them a bit higher in the mix. The tambourine is a nice touch. I thought the song lost a little momentum towards the end, but all in all I enjoyed it. I wish they had half-stars in this system! 3.5<...

Just heard this on digital Unearthed radio. I like how the song title is cleverly contrasted by the jagged rhythms, and complimented by the monotonous vocals. Speaking of which, I'd like to hear them a bit higher in the mix. The tambourine is a nice touch. I thought the song lost a little momentum towards the end, but all in all I enjoyed it. I wish they had half-stars in this system! 3.5

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