Trop­i­cal Fuck Storm

★★★ A Laugh­ing Death in Meatspace JOY­FUL NOISE. CD/DL/LP

Mojo (UK) - - Filter Albums - Ben My­ers

Apoc­a­lyp­tic Aussie al­toddness from mem­bers of The Drones.

As with their groan-in­duc­ing name, Aussie quar­tet Trop­i­cal Fuck Storm’s wonky rock dis­cor­dance is not quite as provoca­tive as they per­haps think. Nev­er­the­less, there’s still plenty to be en­joyed here: the wry You Let My Tyres Down drags Nick Cave’s dark vi­sion of Down Un­der into a grandiose and grungy squall. Their one male/three fe­male con­fig­u­ra­tion is pleas­ing too, with front­man Gareth Lid­di­ard’s la­conic holler un­der­pinned by skro­nky synths and the writhing gui­tars of Erica Dunn. Chameleon Paint and Soft Power sug­gest fans of such dis­parate con­tem­po­raries as King Giz­zard & The Wizard Lizard and Court­ney Bar­nett will surely en­joy the streamof-con­scious­ness lyri­cal nar­ra­tives on this kalei­do­scopic-coloured de­but. Else­where, The Fu­ture Of His­tory and An­ti­mat­ter An­i­mals present fever­ish post-punk night­mares; rest­less, shad­owy, dis­ori­en­tat­ing. Such cre­ative aban­don­ment is sure to find favour in Aus­tralia’s cur­rently thriv­ing alt-rock un­der­ground.

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