Art vs Science
There is a widely unspoken and extremely fucked up truth that exists within the Australian music industry these days, in fact it's more of a subliminal motto that's being upheld by posturing industry big wigs whom claim to be music lovers. If it could be put into words it would read something like — DO NOT CRITICISE. DO NOT ANALYSE. JUST SELL SELL SELL. 'Indie' music in this country is such a broad term that it now encompasses fucking annoying girl next door types like Megan Washington, the mind numbingly boring Angus & Julia Stone, (I swear if hear those two mention their fucking dog in an interview ever again I'm gonna kill myself) and, more importantly, the subjects of this review, Art vs Science.
Art vs Science really do sum up everything that is wrong with Australian 'indie' music. This record is quiet possibly the worst fucking album I have ever listened to. Definitely the worst I've listened to all the way through. Getting through it once was literally torture. As I listened to hits like Finally See Our Way and Magic Fountain, as made famous by our nations biggest 'indie' radio station, I got angrier and angrier. I went deeper and deeper into my brain, reaching a point of delirium.
How does anyone think this is good?
I was so pissed off after listening to this record that I went searching online for more about Art vs Science. You might think that it'd be easier to just forget about it, put it out of my mind and move on — but I just couldn't do it. I started thinking that there must be a tribe of people out there who agree with me about this band. Then I remembered that I live in Australia. A place where no-one says anything bad about these types of things openly. Everyone supports, no-one gets impolite.
After reading some limply positive reviews about this record and other AVS releases and sitting there gobsmacked for a while, something became very clear. The same phrases and words like 'quirky' or 'enthralling' kept coming up, rather than adequate descriptors like 'putrid' or 'lowest common denominator'. These other so-called critics could not have possibly listened to the music. They had instead read the press releases, heard the two or three disgusting songs that have been flogged on radio, gauged what everyone else was saying, and written the same thing.
Well fuck that and fuck you if you are one of those people. I did listen to the record and I'm giving my honest opinion about it. The only reason I'm even bothering with this review is because it just keeps on happening. We are getting more and more former Australian Idol contestants and absolute ball sacks like AVS swallowing up 'indie' airwaves and taking exposure away from Aussie bands like Parades or Royal Headache who deserve the hype. Anywhere else in the world this record would be torn apart by 'critical music press', but here the bogans buy it, the press hold their tongues and play nice, and the music industry sell the shit out of it, all the while perpetuating what has become a systemic virus that has eaten most of the guts out of the Australian 'indie' music scene. Just about anyone worth a damn (ie. The Drones, The Avalanches etc) earned their stripes overseas before being taken back as one of our own.
To summarise: THIS ALBUM IS OFFENSIVE. IT'S EMBARRASSING THAT THEY ARE AUSTRALIAN. I FELT DUMBER AFTER LISTENING TO IT. IF YOU ACTUALLY ENJOY THIS ALBUM YOU SHOULDN'T BE ALLOWED TO VOTE. I'M SURE THEY ARE NICE HUMAN BEINGS BUT I REALLY HOPE THAT ART VS SCIENCE STOP MAKING MUSIC.