It’s time to play name that movie

Sound bites of inspirational movie quotes are just one element of this Brisbane band PLUS ’68 and Camarano.

This week’s album reviews from The Courier-Mail (ratings out of five stars):

ALTERNATIVE

We Set Sail, Ritual and Ceremony

(False Peak) ***1/2

Time is a recurring theme on this Brisbane outfit’s latest offering. It took four years to produce. There’s the new single Well, That’s Thirteen Years of My Life I’ll Never Get Back, about life in the band itself, and the song Hurry Up, I Wanna F—— Leave. And at nearly an hour long, the record requires a not-insignificant investment of your own time. But many will consider it worthwhile. As you might have guessed, there’s a wry sense of humour behind the “sad bastard” rock, which recalls everyone from Goo Goo Dolls to Something For Kate. They’re big on sound bites – from movie quotes to a Brisbane Citytrain IMU 120 – and there’s the occasional yelling in the background, but that’s all part of the We Set Sail experience. Their mission to keep the album format relevant is a certified success.

HARD ROCK

’68, Give One Take One

(Cooking Vinyl) ***1/2

If Bono fronted Wolfmother or Jet, it might sound something like ’68. The Atlanta duo have that classic bluesy garage-rock sound while frontman Josh Scogin at times recalls the iconic Dubliner. While their distorted sounds are dangerous, on the edge and threaten to careen out of control at any moment – like any good rock ’n’ roll should – there are themes running through the album that somehow hold it together, from the sprawling tentpoles The Knife, The Knife, The Knife; The Silence, The Silence, The Silence and The Storm, The Storm, The Storm, to What You Feed and What You Starve. “We’re just bones and teeth!” Scogin rants on Bad Bite.

ALTERNATIVE

Camarano, Where Am I Now?

(Independent) ****

There’s an ethereal quality to West Australian Mat Cammarano’s brand of indie pop, with its certain underlying ambience. It’s a grab-bag of styles recalling artists from Passenger to Gotye, and even Traveling Wilburys. There’s the exotic shimmering keyboards of the opening title track and pop-rocker Give It to Me Straight with its breakout guitar solo. Holiday Inn is pulse-pounding with its tale of a clandestine encounter, while the vocoder a capella Bored is a laundry list of things that bore him, including “when we kiss and when we f—”. “Control is an illusion, what’s next is anybody’s guess,” he observes on Pleasure, Pain, while he channels Tom Petty on Who I Am and never sounds more Dylanesque than on Fool For You, a duet with Leah Grant.

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