Donít get me wrong -- this Aussie
version of "punk" isn't punk as we know it in the states. It's
more like a commercial stab at punk -- an attempt at making punk
approachable -- sort of a kinder, gentler Rocket From the Crypt.
Or my opinion has been clouded by the fact that they're a product of
Australia, a country that's brought us such wholesome entertainment
staples as Nick Dundee, Men at
Work, the 2000 Olympics, Olivia Newton John, Survivor II, AC/DC, Mad Max and
those lovable 'roos. Isn't punk suppose to be about rebellion,
anarchy and anger? How could anyone possibly be angry living in the
sun-drenched world of Foster's Lager and cool, throaty accents that drive
That said, the trio, which includes smooth vocalist Chris Cheney on
guitar, Trav Demsey on drums, and Scott Owen on upright bass, knows how to
create pop-punk songs that are so ingeniously catchy,
hook-filled and downright fun, they're impossible to resist. Kind of like punk
for people who like the idea of punk, but don't really like to listen to
it. Their music has more in common with Def Leppard than the Sex
Pistols. We're talking quick, clean, punk-esque rock, exquisitely produced
and played by a trio that's as tight as a tic and very aware that their
strong suit isn't making a point, but playing hook-filled, sonic
Even when try act tough they come off loveable. Though each track
seems to start in punk mode, it only takes a few moments before the pop
bleeds through. The jumpy "Riot On Broadway" owes a lot to its
shout-out chorus; drunk anthem "Carry Me Home" starts off like Wango
Tango-era Nugent or early Aerosmith; the chorus on "Dirty
Man" would fit right in on a John Wesley Harding CD, while "Silent Victory" sounds like something off Hi and
What separates this from greasy kids' stuff like Blink 182 and
Pennywise is that these guys have been around a lot longer, and it shows.
In other words, you're not gonna feel embarrassed listening to it in your
office, though you might get some strange looks when you can't help but
turn it up.
Due in stores in March.