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Upset the Rhythm

Released: 24.05.22

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s an inescapable fact – there are just too many post-punk bands. Not a problem for those at the top bringing distinctive approaches and fresh ideas, but very much so for the multitude of Vintage Crops making up the pyramid’s midriff.

There’s plenty to enjoy in the 10 taut, droll and urgent nuggets presented on the Aussie group’s fourth full-length – the issue is that you’d have to travel back some four decades-plus for any of these sounds (or adjectives) to feel remotely novel. Kibitzer may be the quartet’s most melodic and explorative record to date, yet when any local scene can present its own cast of interchangeable acts, you’re going to need more than the odd perfunctory horn or synth to emerge from the scrum. Lively for sure. Vintage seems a stretch.

 

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