Song Review: Superheist – Fearing Nothing

Song Review: Superheist – Fearing Nothing

Band: Superheist Song: ‘Fearing Nothing’ Genre: Rock Date Of Release: 06/11/2016 Location: Melbourne Reviewer: Mitch Alexander For Fans Of: A few after work frothies Before I begin, I say to you that security is an indispensable pillar of human life and that free men do not forfeit their security, contrary to Bush’s claim that we hate freedom. If so, then let him explain to us why we don’t strike for example – Sweden? And we know that freedom-haters don’t possess defiant spirits like those of the 19 – may Allah have mercy on them. Yesterday, December 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. I saw a student outside, I was in the hall– [sound of shots being fired out in the hall]; Oh, dear God! Okay! I was on hall duty, I saw a gun. I said “What’s going on out there?” And the kid that was following me said it was a film production, probably a joke, and I said “Well, I don’t think that’s a good idea and I went walking outside to see what was going on. He pointed the gun straight at us and shot and, my God, the window went out and the kid standing there with me, I think he got hit… Okay. Um. I’m not going to go to the door. He just shot toward the door. I’ve got the kids on the floor, um. I got all the kids in the library on the– … Okay. I...
EP Review: Prophets of Rage – The Party’s Over

EP Review: Prophets of Rage – The Party’s Over

Band: Prophets of Rage Album: The Party’s Over Genre: Rap rock Date of Release: August 26, 2016 Location: Los Angeles, California, USA Reviewer: Sam For Fans Of: Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Cypress Hill Track Listing: 1. Prophets of Rage – 3:10 2. The Party’s Over – 3:32 3. Killing in the Name (Live) – 5:16 4. Shut ‘Em Down (Live) – 3:35 5. No Sleep ‘Til Cleveland (Live) – 5:14 Allow me to start off by saying that I have a lot of respect for Tom Morello, Brad Wilk, and Tim Commerford. It takes talent to apply average songwriting to above average ability and make it an iconic part of 90’s culture. But then again, the AIDS epidemic was an iconic part of 80’s culture, so that isn’t saying much on its own. Although I am a fan of Rage Against the Machine, I do believe that they have always been held in a slightly higher standard than they deserve, and the newest project from their core three members, Prophets of Rage, proves that they’ve well and truly jumped the shark. They can’t be bothered to innovate anymore; they’re feeding the waiting public table scraps from a 20-year-old dish. Their soapbox is rotting and rapidly losing structural integrity. Their ship has sailed and they’re selling cabin space on the lifeboats. Jesus, I feel like John Cleese in the Monty Python parrot sketch trying to describe how laughably lackadaisical this EP is. “Hey,” they said. The critics liked Renegades when it came out 15 years ago, right? Let’s do the same thing, but instead of one rapper, let’s get...
Album Review: Ceres – ‘Drag It Down On You’

Album Review: Ceres – ‘Drag It Down On You’

Band: Ceres Album: Drag It Down On You Genre: Emo/pop-rock Date of Release: 2nd September, 2016 Location: Melbourne, Victoria Reviewer: Chris Giacca For Fans Of: Turnover, Basement, Bloc Party Track Listing: 1. Okay 1:49 2. Happy In Your Head 3:52 3. Roll Ur Eyes 2:59 4. ’91 Your House 3:46 5. Laundry Echo 2:26 6. Spinning Wheel 3:41 7. Loner Blood 1:42 8. Choke 4:30 9. Talking 3:05 10. Us 1:26 11. Nothing On Your Shoulders 3:19 12. Loaf 3:13 13. Del 3:20 14. Baby’s Breath 3:47 There’s something to be said for honesty. For instance, if I said ‘I thought I’d hate this record’, that would be honest. If I said ‘the singer’s moustache looks like he waxed it off a ’70s porn star’s cock, and then slapped the wax strip straight above his top lip’, that would also be honest. Honesty is good, and so is this album. Funny thing about honesty, it doesn’t always equate to quality. I’ve just spent a lengthy amount of time arguing with people about King 810, and the main thing I got from them was ‘but they are honest, and that makes them better than x band’. No. No, it doesn’t. Just because a band, or vocalist, or poet, or writer, can relate what they are writing directly back to their own life experiences, does not mean that their product is inherently good. Leaving aside the whole subjectivity argument for just a second, the point is that, whilst honesty is a great trait to have, if it isn’t allied to interesting, engaging execution, it probably isn’t worth shit. In the case...
Song Review: ‘Good Grief’ – Bastille

Song Review: ‘Good Grief’ – Bastille

Band: Bastille Song: ‘Good Grief’ Genre: Indie Pop Date of Release: 16th June 2016 Location: United Kingdom Reviewer: Khaleesi For Fans Of: Imagine Dragons, MGMT Bastille, one of my favourite bands, has finally released some new stuff for me to get overly excited for. Back in 2013 frontman Dan Smith and his friends Kyle, Woody, and Will released their first studio album Bad Blood and it remains to be one of my modern classics and a guilty pleasure of Ilija’s (yes, to this day, I am still proud of myself being the person to get a metal elitist like him onto an indie pop band like Bastille). I, personally have waited too long for them to release some new material, I could only listen to Bad Blood so many times before internally crying to myself ‘WHY HAVEN’T THEY RELEASED ANY MORE SONGS?!’ Finally, I got my wish. If I were to conveniently save you from reading a long-winded review and summarise my thoughts on ‘Good Grief’ in one sentence, it would be that this song is catchy as fuck. From the get-go you are given a groovy bassline and some nice percussion before you are treated to a little harmony before Dan begins to sing. Because I love upbeat songs so much, I instantly had a little dance in my car as I listened to the opening seconds of the song before awkwardly stopping when I realised that my car’s windows aren’t tinted. There were nice, smooth transitions from the somewhat subdued verses & bridges to what sounds like a massive production number during the choruses, particularly a great...
Album Review: OSAKA PUNCH – Voodoo Love Machine

Album Review: OSAKA PUNCH – Voodoo Love Machine

Band: Osaka Punch Album: Voodoo Love Machine Genre: Progressive/funk/hoedown/pop/spaghetti western/jazz/rock/honkey-tonk fusion Date of Release: 30th May 2016 Location: Brisbane, Australia Reviewer: Matthew Byrne For Fans Of: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Incubus, Luis Bacalov, and Mr Bungle Track Listing: 01 ‘Theme to Voodoo Love Machine’ (1:22) 02 ‘Eat Red Carpet’ (5:17) 03 ‘Actibreeze’ (4:04) 04 ‘Funky Brother’ (3:20) 05 ‘Sex Panther’ (7:12) 06 ‘Battleworm (Escapes from Doom)’ (4:09) 07 ‘Dancetown Showdown’ (5:51) 08 ‘Muted Woot’ (3:54) 09 ‘Electric Jam on Boogie’ (4:54) 10 ‘Livin The Dream’ If you’re a local Australian music fan with a functioning set of ears, you’re no doubt familiar with Brisbane band Osaka Punch (formerly known as The Kidney Thieves). They’re best known for their eclectic playful blend of prog, funk, jazz, spaghetti western hoedown, metal, and just about any other genre you can think of. So, if you’re anything like me, you’re probably experiencing the following emotions at the thought of a new Osaka Punch album – happiness, joy, excitement, glee, exhilaration, elation, and almost definitely arousal. Bad news is, however, there’s no new Osaka Punch album, I’m sorry. If I may quote myself post-coitus, “I’m sorry for letting you down.” In fact, this review is for Voodoo Love Machine. “But Matt, Voodoo Love Machine came out in 2012! It’s been out for years, catch up.” “Well fuck my ass and call me Sally, Batman, good job! I didn’t know that thanks for blowing this case wide open gee whiz that explains why they call you the world’s greatest detective I just thought they were being sarcastic but it turns out I’ve been wrong all...
Album Review: How’s My EP? – Japam

Album Review: How’s My EP? – Japam

Band: Japam Album: How’s My EP? Genre: Hard rock Date of release: 13/05/16 Location: Adelaide, Australia Reviewer: Matthew Byrne For Fans Of: The colour beige, 24°C weather, crackers without dip I have to say, I’m a little out of my depth with this one. I’m not generally one to listen to this style of music so I apologise to anyone hoping for insightful comparisons between bands or in-depth knowledge about the genre. But I agreed to review How’s My EP? by Japam because I was promised by the corporate lizard overlords who run I Probably Hate Your Band that in return I would be able to go outside and see the sun for 10 minutes. A WHOLE 10 MINUTES! Japam is a 5-piece hard rock group from the slums of where the government dumps our nation’s non-recyclable trash: Adelaide. They boast their ability to combine the technical grooves of djent with the melodic stylings of 90’s rock and pop. Sounds pretty good, right? Wrong. To me, Japam sounds like if The Butterfly Effect and Karnivool had a bastard love child who grew up to earn an average wage working for the ATO, comes home to his empty house that he’s barely covering mortgage payments on because his wife (who, let’s be honest, was pushing a 6 on a good day with the right lighting) left him and drives an early 90’s station wagon which makes an odd ticking noise that’s just enough for you to go, “Hmm, that doesn’t sound right”, but not enough for you to actually go and fix it. I really have no strong feelings either...