Wednesday, October 9, 2013


AUSTRALIA - ROBOT CD (selfreleased)
Don't let the bandname fool you. AustraliA are not from down under. They are an Italian duo from Pisa and "Robot" is their selfreleased debut release. The most impressing thing about these six songs is how they balance "pop" and "rawness". AustraliA create the "pop" part through catchy-as-hell refrains and tons of vocal harmonies, that will stay in your ear after the first listen. When it comes to "rawness" things are based on a thrashing fuzzy guitar, a lo-fi four track production and a no frills punk attitude. The songs get along with a few riffs, cheap drum machine beats and some very nice synth-melodies, but there's nothing missing and this simpleness ist just the fascinating thing about this mini album. AustraliA sound like a fusion of punkrock and early 90s indie-pop. Think of something between Jay Reatard, The Spits on the one hand and Guided By Voices, Superchunk on the other. Highly recommended! (Listen to it here)