Hanging on a sound pioneered by slackers and underachievers is limiting in the same way …
While some might suggest that rock music isn’t in a particularly good state of current health, digging around will always turn up something that goes against such a dire prognosis.
New Zealand can usually be relied upon to spawn some good music, and that’s precisely the case when it comes to Lucifer Gunne, an impressively solid and focused act for a group of guys barely out of high school.
Energenetic is high-energy and heavy rocking with exactly the right attitude a band this young should possess.
Teenage four piece Lucifer Gunne look to the 90s for their inspiration on this slice of big-sounding punk rock. With Energenetic, our young Wellington protagonists deliver heavy swirling guitars and riff-roaring style of alternative heroes like Buffalo Tom and Screamfeeder, bands who walked the stages of festivals like the Big Day Out before these lads were even born. Perhaps less surprisingly, there is a strong echo of Nirvana in Lucifer Gunne’s straight up urgent performance.
Over a huge surging riff supplied by Don Mackenzie and Steve Henwood, vocalist Rory McDonald spits embittered lyrics with just the right levels of angst and melody. With its a cracking pace and big churning, punk rock guitar, Energenetic is high-energy and heavy rocking with exactly the right attitude a band this young should possess.
STICK THIS NEXT TO: Nirvana, Buffalo Tom, The Pixies