Reviewed by Meghan Player
It seems Australia is being spoilt for choice lately – with a host of promising local acts releasing some impressive EP’s and albums that are threatening to top the ‘best of’ lists this year. Enter Canberra locals Revellers, and their brand-new EP, Your Round.
Kicking off with the seemingly sedate, Far From Over – the opening bars lead you into a false sense of security, moments before the sound hits eleven, and frontman Josh Anderson‘s angsty vocals give you what you were hoping for.
Get Me Outta Here keeps the punk rock party going – doubling its predecessors level of intensity; the melodies ducking and weaving like a boxer in a ring. It’s these quick shifts in sound – from verse, to chorus to slowed-down bridge – that keep you listening, never knowing what will happen next.
By the time you reach first single, Front & Centre – it’s clear just where the bands heart lies. A song dedicated to the memory of a close friend who passed away, the emotion that is ingrained in the track is unquestionable, almost heartbreaking – with the bands impassioned screams of “…when will this seem real?…” tugging at the heartstrings of the listener.
Your Round offers a change of pace, providing tongue-in-cheek lyrics and an infectious melody that you can’t help but sing-a-long to. It’s a simple track; beautifully executed in the bands own signature and style.
Through several listens, Take Me To The Weekend stands out as a personal highlight – its slightly amped up pace, drumming up images of sticky mosh pit floors, packed to the hilt and moving in unison; a track that is bound to get a live crowd moving.
Finale, Messed Up Times twists the punk rock style of the previous tracks, mixing both the frantic intensity of punk with some full-bodied rock melodies.
Without a doubt, this is the perfect EP from Revellers. It encapsulates the heart and soul of punk rock, whilst giving the tried and true genre a fresh perspective. The infectious melodies, coupled with the ferocity of the vocals is perfection itself, and will no doubt have you punching your fist in the air on several occasions.
An unbelievably awesome EP.