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7.7

Violent Soho
We Don't Belong Here

I recently went down to my local Lowes outlet and bought a flannelette shirt, which I am led to believe is now more commonly known as a 'flano'. I was completely unaware that hipster kids had taken back the whole homeless man/grunge movement until the next day when someone accused me of being a 'trendy cunt'. This is not too different from my initial reaction to Brisbane's Violent Soho.

You see, much like fashion, music moves in cycles. Every now and again, ideas will get rehashed, reinvented and remixed to be made fresh for a whole new generation. Violent Soho channel the spirits of Kurtus Cobain (too soon?) and the countless other teen angst prophets that played a critical role in the explosive impact of the early 90's grunge movement. Ordinarily, I would have a problem with such counterfeit techniques, especially as some songs sound very 'familiar' - but these guys are great at what they do. They smash the formula only lightly, but at the same time lace it all with a believable feeling of genuine despair, which, essentially, was the heart and soul of this style of music the first time around.

Besides the two slower tracks towards the end, We Don't Belong Here, bubbles along at a frantic pace, barely slowing down to make sure it's purposely dirty hair looks good. Their tornado-of-fists style, not too far removed from that of Sydney's Regular John, although not too 'deep', is instantly addictive and fantastically well executed.

The band's hellfire approach is somewhat unhinged by an underlying feeling that behind it all is a fairly strict strict set of rules that governs their every move. At times, the inch perfect mix between attitude, catchiness and aggression can come across as being a little manufactured. This is easily ignorable, however, as the overall 'fuck everything' mood of the record overpowers any detailed examination of the it's lack of substance.

There is a believable aspect to We Don't Belong Here and an undeniable feeling that the band have organically developed from their influences, rather than this just being a blatant attempt to ride off the back of a previously mastered style. It's a very thin line, which Violent Soho, a spirited, energetic and exciting young band, hopefully continue to travel on the positive side of.

Editor's Note: this album was really only about a 7.5, but, while researching background info on the band, we came across this incredibly awesome promo photo and immediately boosted the rating up a couple of decimals.

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Comments

harryblighty

this band is just gonna get better and better. when they are next in sydney - go check em out... well worth it if you like balls with your rock

harry blighty

1 decade ago

Sean

oh god. that photo. LOLZ.

1 decade ago

quack

photo is great. seen these guys a few times but never really interested me.

1 decade ago

(nobody)

Awesome band...awesome photo

8 years ago

Remmy

They sound like Mellon Collie era Smashing Pumpkins mixed with The Vines to me...

8 years ago

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