CHOOK RACE – ” Around The House “

Posted: January 1, 2017 in CLASSIC ALBUMS, MUSIC
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A lot of people still worship at the alter of New Zealand label Flying Nun. If you are one of those folk then I’m sure you were bowing down to this record all year. Its among the best jangle pop album since the Bats’ Fear of God. This Australian trio  Chook Race put out an impressive debut album in 2015.

This is the work of a band deeply in debt to the scrappy sound of early Flying Nun bands like The Clean and The Bats , with the chiming guitars of the early-’80s jangle pop bands in the U.S. like R.E.M and the insistent, detached sound of the early Go Betweens . “Around The House” , makes good while delivering strong songs and more assured performances. Working as they did on their debut “About Time” Tom Hardisty of the band Woollen Kits, this album is cleaner and stronger, with fuller guitars that blast their jangle directly into the listener’s brain. The songs are sticky too, with lots of simple hooks that sink in deeply and nice male/female voices that combine to sing relatable tales of life’s small struggles and love’s tender disappointments. Nearly every song has a big hook — Chook Race are not afraid of “bah bah bah” choruses .
It’s an easy sound to swallow and the album makes for a very pleasant listen with a melancholy tinge around the edges. When the band puts some extra zip in the rhythms or some bite in the guitars, like on “Sometimes” or “At Your Door,” the album really takes off. They do a good job of balancing these amped-up moments with quieter songs that allow for lyrical introspection and musical reflection.

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