Tue, 29 April 2008
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The first time I listened to this debut EP of Melbourne band Braindead Lovers I was so taken with it that I played the CD three more times in a row. This is some of the best rock music I've heard in ages. And, unlike some other Aussie bands I could mention, these guys have a distinctive sound of their own.
Being an EP, there are only five tracks on this bad boy, so I might as well comment on each of them:
Sappers Appetite - Are you shitting me? How awesome should an opening song be? That's right, exactly this awesome. If you want to show off your band, to any quality rock music seeking sucka who might be hearing you for the first time; make your first song sound exactly like Sappers Appetite.
Traffic - So, you had the best opening track possible, what follows that? Maybe you shouldn't raise listener's expectations too high. You need a song that rocks, but sounds more like something this band was into, before they figured out how to do Sappers Appetite. This should stop people from expecting too much. It doesn't suck, but neither does it live up to the standard your first tune suggested.
Another Statistic you are doing too well, so panic and lose all confidence. Keep the band as tight as fuck, but throw everything that made you special out the window. There are two Aussie bands whose sound is not unlike this song and neither of them are as good as you. If they did influence your sound, don't let it happen again. Listen to this track again. It is the least impressive thing you've done, but it could be much worse. You could make more money by doing this again, but with slicker production and an even more catchy (and inane) chorus. Please don't. This song still rocks due to not quite being overly produced. Leave it that way and keep it raw. You played it close, but didn't fail yet.
Gonna Be Your Man - all the doubt is killed here. Holy fuck, this band is for real. I've heard 5 truly great Australian rock 'n' roll bands in the last...I dunno...15 or so years. Braindead Lovers are one of them . Listen to this song and tell me that they are not some kind of amazing. If you would tell me that, you'd be stupid. Or you're a liar. Or...fuck you, silly little cunt.
Always a Devil - If you want to be a killer band, you just have to be a killer band. With your debut, start with a song that seems impossible to follow. Close with a song that makes people think, wow; that song is the best closing song in the history of any song that ever came at the end of something. Now I feel the need to just run on with a whole bunch of words placed in an overly long sentence, in the hopes of distacting people from the fact that, although I just might have looked at least slightly clever when I started this thing, I've now exposed myself as a confused dip shit who rants nonsensically upon realising he has no way of ending his crappy article cleverly, or even cohesively. So...ummm...Always a Devil is an awesome final song for this debut EP from Braindead Lovers.
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I just wanted to write one more drunk article with too much swearing, to get it out of my system. In all honesty, I'm extremely impressed by this great debut effort from Braindead Lovers. This is one fine example of Aussie rock 'n' roll done right.