The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Doug Wallen


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More than three decades af­ter form­ing, The Mea­nies still bar­rel ahead with un­re­lent­ing angst and adren­a­line. The Mel­bourne quar­tet’s first stu­dio al­bum in five years is packed with an­other round of short, ser­rated an­thems, but there’s plenty of in­ten­sity to even the lean­est en­tries. Old Car to Shangri-La opens the record with a bub­blegum drive wor­thy of the Ra­mones, while lead sin­gle Cruel to be Caned bal­ances bruis­ing dis­tor­tion with a sweetly tune­ful vo­cal turn from front­man Link McLen­nan. Other tracks are lodged firmly in the 1960s, whether it’s the airy Beach Boys har­monies of Jekyll and Hide or the throw­back gui­tar solo of Un­der my Rock. All the Bought Men es­pe­cially plays like a rugged rave-up from yes­ter­year, com­plete with earnest cow­bell and wonky key­boards. There’s noth­ing ex­tra­ne­ous here: just darkly hooky punk that threat­ens to bleed into straight-up power pop, thanks to its stub­born de­vo­tion to melody.

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