Monday, October 26, 2009

Everything's Brittle

I was debating whether or not to review another group today, but as I was surfing the web, I found these guys, and I high-tailed it over to my site to write an entry. I don't know what to say about this group other than that their sound calls upon traditional indie-rock, but shoots it up with enough adrenaline to completely reinvent the sound.
Comprising Benjamine Whiting (lead vocals and guitar), Benny O'Dwyre (guitar and vocals), Billy Donaldson (bass and vocals), and Geoff Slingsby (drums and vocals), Brittle rise from the waters of Brown Bay, Australia to shock your sense with ultra-catchy indie-pop rock.
I listen to a number of songs off their myspace, and every one sounds different, and I couldn't fast-forward if I wanted to. First up is "Chinese Whispers," a seminal pop-rock song that leads off with a great guitar riff which falls into a solid drumbeat. The real jewels of this song, though, are its ultra-catchy chorus and lyrics, carried by Whiting's slick vocals, and pulled home with Donaldson's tight bass playing. I've listened to this song three times already, and it's just got one of those tunes that's so catchy, it sticks in your head until the only way to get it out would be to take a powerdrill to your left eardrum.
Though "Hurricane" and "Valerie" have those incredible tunes that just make you feel like you're walking on sunshine (and thanks to Katrina and the Waves for such a great phrase), I personally think "Dr. Ray" just has that sheen that makes me think of Boys Like Girls vocals over Red Jumpsuit's catchy melodies. It's just got that "dunna, dunna, dun, dunna, dunna, dunna, dun, dun" guitar riff that you wouldn't wanna stop humming anytime soon.
Though their demo of a new song, "Give Me Some Air," is also catchy and upbeat, the last song in the playlist is the perfect way to finish up their set. "Over the Fence" is an acoustically-driven song, with clear and lucid vocals. It's crisp, like autumn leaves under your feet. Just think a nice sonic crunch for your ears. On this one, ODwyre's guitar perfectly compliments Whiting's vocals, and Donaldson's bass tones in the background match perfectly with Slingsby's easy drumbeat. The fantastic background vocals towards the end of the track don't hurt one bit either.
Australia's version of Boys Like Girls have made their appearance. Watch for them. Know them. It's only a matter of time.

Sounds Like: Boys Like Girls, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Mayday Parade, Cartel

Key Tracks: "Chinese Whispers," "Valerie," "Over the Fence," "Hurricane," "Dr. Ray"

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