4 Track, EP (2007, Virgin)
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Oh there will be carnage. Indie boys in their thousands – desperately aloof and emotionally inchoate unless the topic is Sufjan rarities – will be slayed in a full frontal assault on the affections of Operator Please vocalist, Amandah. The teenage singer for the Gold Coast high school five-piece has got pop savviness beyond her years: she knows when to curl her lip and when to punch a syllable. Her adolescent cohorts may favour a frenetic sonic brew, but she sounds like she’s got all the time in the world. The young lady’s a star.
But her ability to re-educate the Dolly audience isn’t as important long-term as the collective’s ear for smart, informative pop. Marshaled by producer Magoo (Regurgitator, Midnight Oil), the four cuts on their major label debut suggest healthy influences, from Dexy’s Midnight Runners on ‘Two For My Seconds’ to the B-52s guitar licks of ‘Waiting By The Car’. Triple J favourite ‘Get What You Want’ serves up the requisite sassy chorus, while ‘Crash Tragic’ gives a kiss-off to a “disco bitch”. That’s a touch rich, because for all the vintage Farfisa organ tones, they’ve got an ear for danceable rhythms. The worse thing they could do is try to be serious, rock or a combination of the two. Best to leave that to their forthcoming secret admirers.
by Craig Mathieson