ClownsLucid Again

Poison City Records
May 12, 2017
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New Aussie Punk Leaders

It was bound to happen soon—we all inevitably grow up—Melbourne pissheads Clowns aren’t hell bent on being the life of the party like they once were. Don’t shed a tear though, you can’t tour as hard as they have over the last few years without a) realising being ‘those dudes’ wears a little thin, and b) learning how to play your instruments.

On Lucid Again, they’ve finally realised fully that they have more to offer the world than bratty indolence and assloads of self-destructive energy.

The third Clowns full-length, and first to feature the band’s expanded line-up, sees the band look behind the here-and-there genre excursions of 2015’s Bad Blood and produce a full-on punk rock kaleidoscope.

On Lucid Again, they’ve finally realised fully that they have more to offer the world than bratty indolence and assloads of self-destructive energy.

From the opening title track, which might just be the best oz rock song that never got the chance to be played live on Recovery, Clowns seem determined to blow minds with Lucid Again.

When they do hit the piss-and-vinegar hardcore that they cut their teeth on, it’s more effective than ever because you’re anxiously waiting for the other shoe to drop and Clowns to go off on some crazy far out pysch-punk tangent. When they do stay the course and stick to their roots, the result is a dizzyingly gnarly hybrid of Au-Go-Go and SST punk that’s destined to get mosh pits big and small going fucking mental.

It may have taken them three full-lengths, but Clowns have finally proven they’re serious. Maturity has never sounded so goddamned rambunctious.

STANDOUT TRACKS: Lucid Again, Forensic Science, Destroy the Evidence
STICK THIS NEXT TO: mid-90s Circle Jerks, Grinspoon, Butthole Surfers


Lucid Again is out now through Poison City Records


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