Hailing from Melbourne Australia Press Club is really working the hard yards and slogging it out on the world tour circuit working hard crafting their place in the scene. With Natalie Foster leaving the stage on empty night after night ably supported by Greg Rietwyk, Frank Lees and Rufio MacRae; Press Club are giving it their best shot with ‘Wasted Energy’ and those hours spent in the van and on stages everywhere are spilled into every groove and track on the album. It seems like only a couple of months ago they were out supporting their debut album and already they’re onto album number two. Good work ethic guys tour, write, record. Its the evolution circle of rock and roll as it used to be.
There’s no easing in gently here its bang – on with the show. ‘Separate Houses’ is up and running. It’s setting the tempo for what’s to come there’s no time like now and no time for fucking about waiting. ‘Dead Or Dying’ is sharp and rattles along with a cool bass line that punches through the melody on the verses as the sprightly tempo raises like Foster’s voice.
‘Thinking About You’ is a more melodic tune. you still have the tightness but the guitar is more chiming and its no surprise to see it as the lead single off the record as its easily accessible to a wider audience. In direct contrast ‘Chosen Ones’ is the other end of the spectrum and is a far more uptempo number. To be fair it’s pretty much the band’s default sound and style but that’s not to say they lack variety because they don’t at times I’m reminded of bands like Joy Division with some of the cold sharp angular guitar attack and then on songs like ‘Get Better’ they just get their heads down and rock out and the album really soars when they hit that groove.
They can also just kick out the jams like on ‘New Year’s Eve’ where the rhythm section gets the job done with aplomb. As the album wears on the penultimate track is the thoughtful ‘Same Mistakes’ which starts off gently and builds towards the chorus (of Sorts) and is one of the standout tracks on a pretty impressive album. Press Club are working hard on their chosen craft and it’s paying dividends in the studio because ‘Wasted Energy’ is a strong outing and one that will see the band reap the rewards.
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Author: Dom Daley