The Courier-Mail

THE AGE OF EN­TI­TLE­MENT THE BA­SICS

[ THE THREE BA­SICS / WA­TER­FRONT]

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Chop­per-gate couldn’t have taken off at a bet­ter time for The Ba­sics. The stoic Mel­bourne protest band (yes the one Go­tye plays in) had al­ready pulled the ti­tle from Joe Hockey’s speech for their first al­bum since 2009 and now this highly charged LP brings the top­i­cal thun­der, even if it’s ham­fisted at times. Wally de Backer’s ea­gle-like vo­cals wrap their talons around A Cow­ard’s Prayer and off­set Kris Schroeder’s earnest­ness. Round­about may sound like Mona Part II (shout out to Craig McLach­lan & Check 1–2) but de Backer’s per­sis­tence owns the space with his trade­mark an­gry-but-happy-to-be-an­gry “Heyyyyayy”. We need more po­lit­i­cal not politi-cool mu­sic, it’s a tricky bal­anc­ing act though. / MC

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