PA­GAN

Black Wash (EVP

Australian HIFI - - EISA AWARDS – 2018-2019 -

In an era of shorter at­ten­tion spans, there’s some­thing in­tensely thrilling about a de­but that doesn’t let up for its 11-song stretch. Nikki Bru­men’s vo­cals screech with an ir­re­press­ible ur­gency that’s im­pos­si­ble to ig­nore, yet there’s much more at work for the Mel­bourne four-piece than just a woman with a bru­tal scream. Xavier San­tilli’s men­ac­ing riffs mixed with the stick-in-your-skull rhythms of Death Be­fore Disco will have you danc­ing through fist-pumps; in the bassline groove of Year Of The Dog and the tight­ness and punch of The Great­est Love Songs, there’s a manic Ev­ery Time I Die-es­que en­ergy at play. Black Wash is a threat­en­ing and po­tent brew of black­ened rock’n’roll—a real beast of its own mak­ing. Emily Swan­son

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