Re­al­ity Re­de­fined In­de­pen­dent

Blunt - - In Review -

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.

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