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9.4

Witch Hats
Cellulite Soul

From the sickening thrust of energy at the twenty eight second mark of the opening track, Before I Weigh, it's clear that this record is gonna kick ass, take names and then kick the shit out of the piece of paper on which it was written down the names. It's relentless and enjoyably punishing. It's dirty, perfectly under produced and topped with an unpredictable explosion of sound hidden behind every nook and cranny. This is beautiful messy stuff.

Increasingly, this dirty, sweat covered, organic style of rock is what Australia is distinctively taking ownership of. The Witch Hats stand above the others, however, thanks in a large part to the details that they are able to pack into not only each individual song, but the entire album as a single body of work. More than anything, Cellulite Soul, fantastically sums up so much about what we have come to love about local music over the past few years.

The slower tracks such as Ma Lord rely heavily on the emotional delivery of the lyrics and the determined strums of acoustic rhythm, while Hellhole, and other gut-wrenching powerful numbers such as Neil Diamond Entry and Summer Of Pain, are built around punishing bursts of well-guided aggression. It's this ability by the band to pause, change direction and alter their shape that makes this such a thrilling ride from start to finish.

If this album has any weakness it's that, at times, some of the guitar work sounds a little too similar to infamous mid-90's grunge riffs. It's a thin line between homage and plagiarism and, more than anything, this is a distracting element to the songs. This factor is only minor though and quickly dispatched to the 'too picky' part of your brain after a couple of laps through the tracklisting.

This record is a rare jewel - packing enough initial impact to floor you on first listens as well as enough substance to continually impress on the tenth, twentieth and hundredth listen. Clearly the best Australian album of 2008 so far.

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Comments

monachilada

nice one. worth the wait.
i like how you managed to call it a nirvana rip-off without having to call it a nirvana rip-off.
funking great album though, as you say.

1 decade ago

Jonny Yes Yes

i think what surprises me most about this album is that a lot of people i wouldn't expect to like it (ie. Nick) love it just as much as me..
thinking it's like Batrider vs Spider Vomit, but a little bit easier to get into straight from the first listen..

1 decade ago

monachilada

do you mean people you WOULDNT expect to like it do? confused.

1 decade ago

Jonny Yes Yes

yeh
thats what i said.
what 'edit' ?

1 decade ago

monachilada

knob jockey

1 decade ago

quack

Ah i finally got 'Tara' for the first time this arvo and was giving it a spin and noticed the distinct similarity with Witch Hats. They also mention them in the liners (along with you guys eh).

Anyway, Cellulite Soul is the first album in a while that has gotten me really excited about music. Well Australian music particularly. It might not be the best album I've heard (it's up there though for sure), but it's got this amazing underlying spirit or geist or whatever which just draws me in. This is the sort of music Aussies should be making. Dirty, raw, atmospheric. Also it's got a sort of groove to it, almost a funky thing going on, that reminds me of The Birthday Party or Devastations.

Didn't notice the grunge so much, but then I pretty much despise grunge and all its incarnations so probably wouldn't notice it.

1 decade ago

troyox

I dont really "get" these guys, maybe i'll give it another listen

1 decade ago

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