CDs SENT TO HALF A COW

September 2009

THE REFLECTORS

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"Ekkies! Trips! Tickets to Oasis!" the scalper was yelling under his breath, a feat only those who don't want to attract too much attention can do. "Tickets to Oasis!"

I didn't need to read the bio that came this cd to know that The Reflectors are fans of Oasis. You can here their confident wall of pop throughout most of these tracks. But to be fair, you can also hear the Beatles, Bowie, Soundtrack Of Our Lives and our own Sidewinder. And they sound very good. And they know it too (according to their bio - more on that later!).

The Reflectors are from Melbourne and claim the six songs on their cd have "remarkable variety and breadth." Not so sure about the variety as it's only really the last two songs that stray from the fuzzed-up guitar rock.

The first, 'Colossomus', has all the hallmarks of an 'epic' - lots of backing vocals, those big, affected guitars, an Oasis middle 8 with sweet falsetto - but at only 2 minutes 53 seconds, it is a short epic, and that's what really makes the song. It would have dragged on if it was the expected 4- or 5 minutes long.

'Relaxed and Understood' has a great melody and overall feel with the vocals sounding a bit like Simon Day from Ratcat. It's another big sounding song. The next one 'Wild Delusions' is the one that conjured up the English scalper circa 1994. There's some cool guitar dangin' at the end of the song followed by a Bowie-esque vocal chorus that is absolutely fab. These boys know how to pack a lot into one song.

In my opinion, The Reflectors have saved the best until second last. 'Reality' has a slight country sound to it. It cruises along and makes me wish there was either more like this one or that the band had packed away some of the guitar pedals on the other tracks. They should have put this second. I nearly didn't get through the whole cd and it was this track that made me go back and listen to it all over again.

The final song 'Earlier Tonight' has been coated with a subtle layer of psychedelia. It starts out all floaty-dreamy and then there's a pause…more melancholia with the loveliest singing…it builds up…more guitars come in around 2 minutes…building…then BANG! At 3 minutes the song really takes off. It's the big set closer and finally The Reflectors proudly display the epic song you knew they had in them the whole time.

But there's one thing that really irks me. It's the bio. It's full of - well I don't know how to say this except in true Australian style - it's full of wanky descriptions of themselves and their songs. But hey let's not be too critical. They're just proud of what they have achieved. Maybe if we were in America where they don't seem to mind such self-confidence, but here we cut our tall poppies down and this bio won't win over the cool crowd. The music should though - it's exceptionally good, or as the bio says: "the Reflectors create interesting, heartfelt rock 'n' roll songs about the desperation that accompanies affluence, expectations and routine." And later: "In a time of infinite digital distraction and material pleasantries the Reflectors cut through the phenomena, letting out the sound of what we strive to keep hidden. What rock and roll should be: an experience and a release."

See what I mean? Some advice: just let the music speak for itself. - ND


other demos...
THE SOLOMONS - October 2009
DAVE SEASIDE - October 2009
AFXJIM - October 2009
THE MAGUS - September 2009
THE REFLECTORS - September 2009
HARVEY SWAGGER BAND - August 2009
BAMBINO KORESH - August 2009
KATE RAE - August 2009
UNTHINKABLES - July 2009
CABARET CALLADO - June 2009
THE SAGE EVOLUTION - April 2009
CAPITAL - March 2009
LINE DRAWINGS - March 2009
THE LIGHT BRIGADE - February 2009
GROTS VEGAS - February 2009
THE CHELSEA DRUGSTORE - February 2009
LIONEL LEE - January 2009
MAGIC ROB - December 2008
PETER STEIN - November 2008
LARMO CUSACK - November 2008
PAUL DAVIES - November 2008
PORTAL WINDOW - November 2008
THE ISLE OF MAN - October 2008
NELL WEBBER - October 2008
THE CHARLES MANSON EXPERIMENT - October 2008
THE BATASCOUTS - September 2008
KENT EASTWOOD - September 2008
LOLA FLASH - August 2008
BENJAMIN SHAW - August 2008
BAMBINO KORESH - July 2008
THE LEED FIENDS - July 2008
THE WELLS - June 2008
KATE BRADLEY & the Goodbye Horses - June 2008
WE GROW UP - May 2008
THE LOVE EXPLOSION - December 2007
LINDSAY PHILLIPS - November 2007
It’s a tie! IGOR ALEINIK + MAXIM BATOV - October 2007
RYAN STERLING - September 2007
EVA POPOV - August 2007
TEMPO DE NAUGHTY - June 2007
CLAUDIA WOODS - April 2007
ARON ATTWOOD - March 2007
THE SIESTAS - February 2007
IVONA - January 2007
THE STICKS - December 2006
ELLE SKIES - November 2006
THE FLYING COLOURS - November 2006
ARTICHOKE HEART SOUFFLÉ - September 2006
ANDREW KEESE & THE ASSOCIATES - July 2006
LUCY LEHMANN - May 2006
LUKE RUSSELL - April 2006
Where Are They Now? - April 2006
RUNNING WITH HORSES - March 2006
WINDOW - January 2006
PIP SMITH AND RED STAR - January 2006
PAPER PLANES - December 2005
SHOOT THE GENIE - November 2005
The Magus - November 2005
The Codebreakers - October 2005
Khancoban - September 2005
Stuart McGuane - August 2005
She'll 'B' Apples - July 2005
The Wellingtons - July 2005
Sugarhit - July 2005
The New Black - June 2005
BeOmega - June 2005
Old Nick - May 2005
The Triangles - May 2005
Jon Duncan - December 2004
The Honeyriders - December 2004
Larry Parkinson - December 2004
Stress Of Leisure - December 2004
The Cliffy Davis Goodtime Band - November 2004
it's a tie! Lyceum and Wade Jackson - November 2004
Arty Del Rio - November 2004
Amundsens Flag - November 2004
Mark Taylor - September 2004
Remington super 60 - July 2004
the MP3's - July 2004
Cycle Of Fifths - July 2004
Follow The Vann - June 2004
The Avenues - June 2004
Wons Phreely - June 2004
Halfway - June 2004
The Jennys - May 2004
Diana - May 2004
Wont - May 2004

 

 

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