Following a couple of years on the down-low, Melbourne indie rockers Self Talk have returned …
Faux Bandit have always had a way with words when it comes to the lyrical content of their tracks and on Rock‘n’Roll Simulator 2019, not much has changed as they take a tongue-in-cheek look at everything from being a rock star to today’s political climate, and even touching on some more emotional concepts like being unable to escape your past.
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But through it all, they do it with a style that shows professionalism beyond the band’s young career.
The opening and title track is a nice groovy introduction to Faux Bandits’ newest offering. The lyrics are angrily rapped/sung at the listener, with some funky riffs complementing the vocal style nicely.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Simulator is a record that will make you want to get up and move.
From here they move into Do Better, Be Better, where if it is possible, the spoken vocal style from frontman Adam Brill gets even rawer as he explores how you’re supposed to survive in this world with everything that is thrown at you from every angle. The punctuations from the guitar riffs also tie in well here, and they are a gritty, punk vibe that suits the topic perfectly.
The theme of the album is well established by now, and the remaining three tracks all possess gritty guitar work, funky basslines and off-beat drumming that really emphasise the vocals of Brill and the anger behind his lyrics. It must also be noted that on SAD-01, Brill leaves the rap style of vocals behind and really embraces his power, singing his heart out it seems on the track.
All in all, Rock ‘n’ Roll Simulator is a record that will make you want to get up and move. Funky riffs, catchy lyrics and just the right amount of heavy has all come together nicely, creating a recipe for rock ‘n’ roll success.
STANDOUT TRACKS: SAD-01, Rock’n’Roll Simulator 2019
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