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8.7

The UV Race
The UV Race

The UV Race's self-titled debut LP is 23 minutes of stripped-back, raw, energetic blissfulness, with all the usual boring rock 'n roll bullshit and self-righteous wankery chewed up and spat out in favour of a fantastic nonchalant punk attitude.

Opening number, Society Made Me Selfish, finds charismatic frontman, Marcus Rechsteiner, shamelessly pointing the finger at the world's hypocritical do-gooders. The song, which is over and done in less than a minute, perfectly encapsulates the band's lovely fuck-off attitude. While still clearly classifiable as 'punk music' (or proto-punk, neo-punk, new-age garage punk), there is some genuine substance here, with the near-naked arrangements leaving plenty of room for Rechsteiner to concisely communicate his thoughts and ideas (all of which are also clearly outlined in the record's detailed linear notes).

Stare Into The Whole, my personal highlight of the record and the closest the band come to a traditional ballad, finds the group's place of origin - the small rural Victorian town of Warrigal - playing an important role. Marcus tackles feelings of abandonment and helplessness over a brilliant wailing harmonica that effortlessly wavers in and out of a more direct, feedback-driven guitar orgy.

At the other end of the spectrum are shamelessly fun party songs such as I Go Blank, with it's call-and-response chorus built primarily as a key weapon in the band's enjoyable live show. The UV Know, the band's 'futuristic space jam' closer, thankfully avoids the temptation to become a drawn out twenty minute opus and instead opts for some ganja crystal ball Bowie vibe.

The UV Race have defied my early skepticism that they were just another over-hyped Melbourne band with more stage presence than talent and ideas. They have created a rich, beautifully sloppy, remarkably consistent and utterly awesome debut record. The carefree catchiness is the initial drawcard, but the everyday lyrics, showcasing both the band's enthusiasm and their ability to deliver their messages in concise bite-size packages, is the real reward.

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Comments

Jacinda

I agree with this! On a side note, how great is the cover art? The linear notes were a nice touch too.

1 decade ago

(nobody)

yeah. So much better than those quadratic notes you usually get.

1 decade ago

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