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The Parallels Amongst Ourselves

Sugar Army
The Parallels Amongst Ourselves

12 Track, LP (2009, Shock)
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Often as a reviewer, as fruitless and redundant a task it is, you’ll try to come up with an all-encompassing genre class in which to stuff whichever band you’re analysing. That’s how the music critic fraternity has come up with such meaningless genres as “toytronica” and “hypnagogic pop”, because we’ve been devoid of apt descriptors. (Plus everyone loves a ridiculous genre, particularly Simon Reynolds.) The debut long player from Perth quartet Sugar Army, The Parallels Amongst Ourselves, offers the same challenges. Where do you place an act on the musical spectrum that’s toured with both Little Birdy and Karnivool?

In the end, however, it’s this amalgamation of influences – post-punk, stoner, alterna-rock – that gives *The Parallels Amongst Ourselves its distinctive edge. It’s a record for those who want something edgy and combustible, but can’t stomach the limpid bombast of The Butterfly Effect or Cog’s prog metal. Sugar Army balance the four-to-the-floor drive of Queens of the Stone Age and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club with the anthemic austerity of Interpol and The Walkmen. ‘Tongues In Cheeks’ and ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf Was Just Paranoid’ rock as hard as any other Australian single this year, but they never capitulate to heavy metal cliche. Similarly, Sugar Army can deliver moody, pensive numbers like the haunting ‘No Need For Lovers’, written about the “Wheelie Bin Murders” of late 2006. Demonstrating his usual flair for prose, vocalist Pat McLaughlin succinctly encapsulates the murderers’ mind set when he sings, “If they have no need for lovers/Then what’s stopping them?”

The Parallels Amongst Ourselves isn’t without its weaker moments, where songs like ‘Detach’ and ‘That’s A Damn Fine Cliché’ feel directionless and don’t take proper advantage of some promising moments. But Sugar Army are playing pied piper to fellow Perthicans such as Harlequin League, Trigger Jackets, Kill Teen Angst and Young Revelry: bands that aren’t afraid to crank up the amps in a city traditionally known as the epicentre of Australian indie-pop. They’re trading in 16 Lovers Lane for Siamese Dream in the sleepy little deathtoll town.

by Dom Alessio

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Your Comments

Pex  said about 4 years ago:

I'm fucken sick of those stupid attributes to Perth. Whoever thinks Perth is ''traditionally known as the epicentre of Australian indie-pop'' and it's ''the sleepy little deathtoll town'' obviously haven't been to Perth last few years.


JunkiePhil  said about 4 years ago:

Word, Pex.


toadphoney  said about 4 years ago:

Yes. There is a ferris wheel there now.


Pex  said about 4 years ago:

not funny.


astralwerkor  said about 4 years ago:

Pex is traditionally known as the old grumpy bastard of the Perth music scene, ain't ya Pex?


Pex  said about 4 years ago:

no


astralwerkor  said about 4 years ago:

Sorry, Mr. Grumpy.


toadphoney  said about 4 years ago:

Perhaps a ride on the Ferris Wheel and a shandy at the lucky shagg would cheer him up.


Pex  said about 4 years ago:

fuck off, moron


Shocking Display  said about 4 years ago:

yes Pex, I do agree with you, mostly, but you can hardly think that 'underground' music can be anything but what it's descrisptor says it is now can you?

and stop being grumpy.


Pex  said about 4 years ago:

no


whatwhat  said about 4 years ago:

album is pretty orright.


MATTPHEONIXxoxoxo  said about 4 years ago:

i like


ImBored  said about 4 years ago:

Who the fuck are the trigger jackets? young revelry seem too new, not to mention shit to be mentioned. Pex is always right, except concerning les feelies, sugar army are a bore.


Pex  said about 4 years ago:

Trigger Jackets have been around for a while, seen them years ago, can't really remember what they sound like. Saw Young Revelry supporting Handsome Furs. Pex is always right, including when he talks about the Feelies. Haven't heard much Sugar Army lately, but when I started doing solo bass gigs back in 2006 we played some shows together, nice chaps.


astralwerkor  said about 4 years ago:

Saw Young Revelry supporting Handsome Furs.

I know that the weird fellow from CPN fairly rammed them in his review...


Pex  said about 4 years ago:

what's CPN?


astralwerkor  said about 4 years ago:

Cool Perth Nights. Lyndonkey's review...


ImBored  said about 4 years ago:

he rammed them good. they deserved it too.


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Tracklisting
  • 1.   Parallels
  • 2.   Tongues In Cheeks
  • 3.   Detach
  • 4.   Acute
  • 5.   No Need For Lovers
  • 6.   Maybe The Boy Who Cried Wolf Was Just Paranoid
  • 7.   Many A Mask
  • 8.   Building Castles
  • 9.   You Are A Possession, Up For Sale
  • 10.   It's In The Blood
  • 11.   That's A Damn Fine Cliche
  • 12.   Another Loose End
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