Reality Redefined Independent
The first time we saw Mt Gambier’s Sierra live, frontman Brett Kennedy was both physically and sonically inescapable, manically pacing out the reaches ( amplified or not) of his voice. Whether by virtue of the mix, or as a result of the search for more melody ( on “Hideaway Revolution”, for example) or a studioinduced tightened chest, his presence on this EP is significantly less arresting. Nevertheless there remain moments when something akin to that initial impact is felt: the slow, morbid exploration of hypocrisy in “The Great Charade”, or the verses of “Suburban Fame”. And at all moments, whether in the smorgasbord of 3/ 4 rhythms assembled and sustained across opener “Bittersweet Youth”, or the menacing room of “Memoirs”, these vocals are supported by some of the most impressive post- hardcore in the country right now.