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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Emily Ritchie

Tre­molow The Creases Lib­er­a­tion The de­but long-form re­lease from Bris­bane rock­ers the Creases em­bod­ies the youth­ful sen­ti­ment of Aussie 20-some­things through the jovial prism of clas­sic Brit­pop. The all-male fourpiece has cre­ated an al­bum as fresh and for­ward think­ing as it is nos­tal­gic. Their sound­scapes hark back to great Bri­tish re­leases of yesteryear — in­clud­ing early Blur, Arc­tic Mon­keys and the Verve. On Tre­molow — an ex­cel­lent play on words — the Creases have en­listed the help of pro­ducer Mal­colm Bes­ley (City Calm Down) and mem­bers of Saskwatch, Dor­sal Fins and Hol­low Ever­daze, who per­form brass and strings. Mel­bourne singer-song­writer Ali Barter makes an ap­pear­ance to pro­vide back­ing vo­cals on steady rock tune Were Young. Driv­ing strums, up­beat per­cus­sion, pierc­ing strings, ju­bi­lant horns and a vi­brant cho­rus of back­ing vo­cals com­bine to make ev­ery tune on the 12-track al­bum a tri­umphant groove with mem­o­rable, sin­ga­long lyrics. Opener An­swer To es­tab­lishes the vi­va­cious mood, with crisp drums and up­lift­ing har­monies. Ass­hole is rhyth­mi­cally punchy, con­trasted with a flow­ing vo­cal melody. At Last You Find har­bours stim­u­lat­ing tam­bourine snaps and warm back­ing vo­cals, whereas clos­ing track Some­thing’s Gotta Break is a darker re­flec­tion with sweep­ing strings, high­light­ing the clean and soul­ful pipes of lead singer Joe Agius. The Creases are a stand­out band at the fore­front of the thriv­ing mu­sic scene in the Queens­land cap­i­tal. Watch this space.

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