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7.8

Circle Pit
Total Waste/Every Body Left

I have had a bit of a love/hate relationship with Sydney's Circle Pit ever since I first saw them play around 12 months ago. The thing is every time I see them I end up either loving or hating them. On some occasions it's semi-perfect punk music and other times it's just a sloppy mess. Never anything in-between.

The way I see it, there are several variables that come into play - the band's mood, my mood, the venue, intoxication level of myself, intoxication level of the band and (of course) the current financial status of the globe. Regardless of how these elements align, one thing is for sure: when you 'book' 'tickets' to a Circle Pit show there is no guarantee that you are definitely going to get 'rocked'.

But my opinion on the ex-Kiosk rag drag garage punk duo has changed forever now that I finally have my hands on a physical release. This 7", the band's first proper (ie. non CD-R) offering, perfectly bottles everything that exists on the 'love' side of our relationship.

Recorded to 4-track at 'the LSD frat house' by the group's drummer and Straight Arrows frontman, Owen Penglis, the band's core sound - a mix of slacker vocals, garage rock guitar riffs and punk angst - is catered for perfectly. It is over and done in just six minutes, but in that small window of opportunity the group put their best foot forward, delivering two near-perfect pocket-sized doses of musical face-smashing intolerance.

The style of Circle Pit is slightly confusing. The first track, Total Waste, is kicked into gear by a confident guitar explosion. Although there are obvious strong hair metal and early 90s 'flamboyant glory rock' influences, these homages fall behind their own lovely angst-driven punk delivery. The battle that plays out between the two is where the group's unique style playfully exists. For every moment of confident swagger there is a line spat with an undeniable apprehension or carefree nonchalance.

The b-side track, Every Body Left, sees both of the core members, Jack and Angela, vocally double-team, delivering the almost indecipherable lyrics with a strong feeling of determination - yet still being far from aggressive or attacking. Much like the lead track, a solid guitar riff kicks the vocals to the back of the mix, yet the distant shouting style sees them remain the focal point of the track.

The under-cooked nature of these two songs perfectly accompanies the band's style. There is no polish here, just two short stabs of brilliantly incoherent punk drawl. The group cleverly mix in splashes of other styles (glam/cock/GnR rock) that helps them stand alone, but at the core this is simply a well-executed double serving of garage rock clanger and punk mush. This release is definitely a turning point in our relationship.

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Comments

jacquelinepee

bought this yesterday from title, on crown st... very excited to give it a spin tonight

1 decade ago

kidalias

My 7" smells like petrol.

Just thought I'd share.

1 decade ago

(nobody)

Worst support act I've ever seen at the Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ The Hordern.

Awkward, uncertain shit.

Another vodka redbull anyone?

9 years ago

(nobody)

Luser, your a fucking loser; circle pit are better than your hip yeahyeahyeahs.
YEAH!

9 years ago

(nobody)

I'm sic of deadshits bagging bands over the net, if you have an opinion grab a megaphone, turn up to a show and then voice it, or otherwise shut your big shit mouth. Everyone knows your a lame-ass-musician-who's-jealous-of-others-sucsess-slagging-insults-whilst-hiding behind-the-screan-you-jerk-off-to-eveyday-motherfucker!!!!!!!!!!!!!

9 years ago

Rav

Wow, talk about animosity! So @chook, you're sick of dead shits bagging bands over the net, but you're cool with dead shits bagging other dead shits over the net coz they have an opinion. I'm pretty sure that makes you a wank biscuit. And @Luser (the 2nd, not the first) in this circumstance, it's spelled 'you're' not "your". I always find that if I'm gonna rag on someone in the written form I should use the correct spelling. Like in – @Luser, you're a cunt face. See? And I probably would have used another word instead of "YEAH!" after Yeah Yeah Yeahs. But that's just my opinion. Which I'm sharing on the internet. Because I'm a dead shit.

9 years ago

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