This post was originally published by biscuit magazine. You can read it here.
Garage rock. What would I do without it? Thankfully, I don’t have to worry because The Love Junkies new EP hits it right on the nail. If a record can make me happy at 7.13am when I’ve been at work for over an hour and when I’m sitting at home having a cider and cooking dinner, it’s doing something right.
The Love Junkies are pretty much everywhere at the moment, and with a twenty stop tour spanning across three months in progress, the five-track EP feels like it fits in with where they’re at. Flight Test is a mix of laid back melodies and hard hitting guitar riffs, rounded off with good lyrics. Produced, recorded and mixed in Perth by the bands singer Mitch McDonald in his bedroom at his parents’ house, the record is raw and you can feel the work and dedication that has been put into it.
Chemical Motivation and Storm Troopers are the stand-out tracks for me. They are both layered brilliantly and being such different songs, they showcase the skill and breadth of ability that the band have. They are both really different tracks; Chemical Motivation swings from light strumming to hard hitting drums and harshly delivered lyrics whereas Storm Troopers is airy and free and Mitch’s singing wraps around you like a glove.
Gloria to my Dysphoria brings the record into a darker place than the other tracks, meaning that unfortunately, the bright, sunshine filled Storm Troopers doesn’t fit that well on the EP. Flight Test comes to a close with the trashy Blowing on the Devils Strumpet which is the only song I don’t like.
Even though it has its faults, the record is really good. To combine it on a playlist with The Love Junkees album would be the perfect soundtrack to any day, and I can guarantee all of the tracks will be brilliant when performed live.
FLIGHT TEST IS OUT NOW
The Love Junkies are on the road at the moment. Catch them with Calling All Cars:
April 18 – Mynt Lounge, Werribee | April 19 – The Loft, Warnambool | April 20 – Torquay Hotel, Torquay | April 23, Karova Lounge, Ballarat | April 24 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne | April 26 – Republic Bar, Hobart | April 30 – Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga | May 1 – Transit Bar, Canberra | May 2 – Small Ballroom, Newcastle | May 3 – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney.