SCAL­PHUNTER

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Lies

AR­REST/FIRESTARTER Ri­otous Aussie rock­ers break open the bour­bon As much as lazy na­tional stereo­types should be re­sisted, Perth’s Scal­phunter aren’t do­ing much to dis­tance them­selves from typ­i­cal lairy Aussie clichés with their bull­shit-free, chaot­i­cas-fuck ap­proach to rock mu­sic. While it might elicit a frown from the Aus­tralian tourist board, Lies is great news for your ears if you love your mu­sic un­re­fined, whiskey-soaked and of the shit­kick­ing va­ri­ety. Tak­ing cues from The Stooges via Motör­head, Zeke, The Bronx and Wil­son, this is an al­bum that to­tally by­passes orig­i­nal­ity – which Scal­phunter will un­doubt­edly be de­lighted to know – in favour of heart, guts and sweat. A riot from start to fin­ish, songs like the break­neck throa­trip­per Best Of Me will al­most cer­tainly in­spire even the most pas­sive lis­tener to end up naked from the waist up, bran­dish­ing noth­ing but a bro­ken beer bottle and a smile. Rip­per. FOR FANS OF: ZEKE, THE BRONX, WIL­SON

STEPHEN HILL

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