The Courier-Mail

THE AGE OF ENTITLEMEN­T THE BASICS

[ THE THREE BASICS / WATERFRONT]

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Chopper-gate couldn’t have taken off at a better time for The Basics. The stoic Melbourne protest band (yes the one Gotye plays in) had already pulled the title from Joe Hockey’s speech for their first album since 2009 and now this highly charged LP brings the topical thunder, even if it’s hamfisted at times. Wally de Backer’s eagle-like vocals wrap their talons around A Coward’s Prayer and offset Kris Schroeder’s earnestnes­s. Roundabout may sound like Mona Part II (shout out to Craig McLachlan & Check 1–2) but de Backer’s persistenc­e owns the space with his trademark angry-but-happy-to-be-angry “Heyyyyayy”. We need more political not politi-cool music, it’s a tricky balancing act though. / MC

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