Low- Fi Records, Hi- Fi Radio Black Market Rhythm Co. MGM
IT’S safe to say the members of Gold Coast four piece Black Market Rhythm Co are slightly peeved they weren’t born in the golden age of rock ’ n’ roll. When asked to define their musical influences, the band reels off eras of rock revolution rather than specific musicians: the British invasion, the summer of love, punk rockers discovering reggae. While their debut album is clearly influenced by these periods, their sound is as fresh as just- baked bread and just as easy to devour. The disc is crammed with tracks that bounce between different styles, combining elements of pop, rock, funk, folk, blues and reggae. The swift genre changes are made seamless by lead singer Christopher Ernst’s vocal range. He is able to swing effortlessly from tenderly sung ballads to rock yowling to rootsy melodies. The album’s strongest song is the title track, a sweet little ditty that laments rockin’ times gone by. Other standouts are You Said That You Loved Me, a jam driven by dirty guitars; the sultry Black Market Lover ; and Angel From Hell , where the vocals take on a decidedly growly Nick Cave- esque quality.