Coin 7/10

UNCUT - - New Albums - shARon o’Con­neLL

Dark thrills’n’spills on Mel­bournebased quar­tet’s sec­ond

It can only be New War’s tar­di­ness in fol­low­ing up their de­but that’s pre­vented them from build­ing a pro­file out­side their home­land. At last, six years on, Coin, a lead gui­tar-free stew that ticks mul­ti­ple ’70s/’80s synth- and post-punk boxes – Sui­cide, The Birthday Party, This Heat – with­out craven copy­ism. Dark, malev­o­lent stom­pathons like “Blue­beard FLA” and the Liars-ish “It’s Real Wide” are con­trasted with hyp­notic, kos­mis­chepop tracks; highlights of the lat­ter be­ing “Ba­nana Split Wolves” (the Mon­days’ “WFL” de­con­structed and hitched to a Sun­day-school pi­ano) and “Chlo­ro­formed Man”, equally baggy, but stalked by the ghosts of Hansa stu­dio. Bang on the money, you might say.

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