Australian Guitar - - Cd Reviews - EMILY SWAN­SON

In an era of shorter at­ten­tion spans, there’s some­thing in­tensely thrilling about a de­but that doesn’t let up for its 11-song stretch. Nikki Bru­men’s vo­cals screech with an ir­re­press­ible ur­gency that’s im­pos­si­ble to ig­nore, yet there’s much more at work for the Mel­bourne four-piece than just a woman with a bru­tal scream. Xavier San­tilli’s men­ac­ing riffs mixed with the stick-in-your-skull rhythms of “Death Be­fore Disco” will have you danc­ing through fist pumps; in the bassline groove of “Year Of The Dog” and the tight­ness and punch of “The Great­est Love Songs”, there’s a manic Ev­ery Time I Die-es­que en­ergy at play. Black­Wash is a threat­en­ing and po­tent brew of black­ened rock’n’roll – a real beast of its own mak­ing.

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