THE SUNBURYS — Keep A Lid On It
PETE WALSH once again runs the gauntlet of Brisbane rock.
Ringing in influences from a diverse cross-section of the last 40 or 50 years of rock & roll, The Sunburys drop a genuinely classy album in the form of Keep A Lid On It. Their third LP in three years, the lads are keeping it local once again handing over the production reins to the Aussie rock aficionados at Blackbox Studios. Connoisseurs of all-out pub-rock will certainly find a lot to like on this one. There are moments of AC/DC aggression, Tim Rogers-like nonchalance and Powderfinger balladry that make the album feel like home. It’s a road trip album at its finest.
Like before, The Sunburys pander to the formulaic rock routine: power ballad, anthem, decisively drum-heavy tune, power ballad, anthem ad infinitum. However, they pull it off with the grace and air of a band well beyond their years — with a healthy selection of air guitar and headbang-worthy tracks. The meandering ways of vocalist/guitarist Anthony Dettori are admirable as he flawlessly flits between business-like riffing and face-melting solos. The dreary, self-aware melancholy of Bite My Tongue and Feel A Thing is transcendent amongst the mostly upbeat, best-foot-forward style of rock that dominates the album.
PETE WALSH is an ex-Rave contributor and vagrant writer, a literati, music aficionado and coffee snob.