Sunday, April 18, 2010


Rush to Relax

Your oasis of brash garage punk in today's desert of pretentious prog pop.
  • When the Gorrilaz' chorus-less approach gets you down. 
  • When you get the distinct feeling MGMT have disappeared up their own arse.
  • When you're in need of some lo-fi relief. 
  • This is the album for you.

Rush to Relax is the follow-up to Eddy Current's AMP winning Primary Colours. But don't worry, they haven't wasted any of the $30,000 prize money. This album was recorded in just six hours.

And while the sound is exactly the kind of DIY punk aesthetic you'd expect from such a thrifty recording session it suits the simplicity of the songwriting perfectly.

The pace is set early with 'Anxiety' a frenzied yet catchy song with hyperactive vocals, "Anxiety! had me grindin' my teeth".

Brendan Suppression's vocals, especially on slower tracks 'I Can Be a Jerk' and 'Gentleman', have a raw, honest, and endearing quality. His delivery complements the often repetitive lyrics which have a sincerity sometimes bordering on the naive, "I'll always apologise, when we get in a fight, when you're wrong, but mostly when you're right".

Upside: 'Anxiety', 'Gentleman', 'Tuning Out'

Downside: The 20 minutes of ambient sea noise at the end of the last track.

Best Lyric:  "If you invite me over to your flat. I'll take off my jacket and my hat, wipe my feet on the mat, and always be nice to your bird and you cat"

Sounds like:
Quality punk rock recorded in your garage

1 comment:

  1. haha good call on MGMT. Not convinced on this album tho - I mean, ECSP are rad, one of the best live acts out. But in comparison to the earlier albums, I find this a little underwhelming. Prefer Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros atm - you should review them!