Luckily for people like me, the best Australia has to offer are kindly offering their wares on these shores on a regular basis, with the likes of Tame Impala and more recently Deep Sea Arcade. While the former get lost within the smoke and acid haze, DSA are much more tame, preferring to cater for, dare I say it, a more mainstream crowd.
Outlands is a well accomplished debut, with traces of The Strokes, Interpol and even The Kinks. And, with lead singer Nic McKenzie having lived in the UK for several years before growing up properly in Oz, they were always going to have some amount of British influence. It’s not groundbreaking stuff, nor is it a record destined for your iPod, but it is something that at the very least should be acknowledged; for such a young band, their debut is solid, well produced and contains song writing of a skill that means many of us so too, will acknowledge their second release much like we’re doing their first, in the assumption that they’ll have something even better to offer second time round.
Outlands isn’t something to get overly excited about, but in terms of DSA’s future, well that’s certainly something to keep an eye out for.
Words: Gavin Bevan