On the surface, Don’t Let Go may appear as another surf-rock-grunge album – a larrikin spirit that has filled the Australian charts since Violent Soho’s Hungry Ghost – but underneath the pint-charging anthems like lead singles Daytime TV and Maybe, Sydney four-piece Dear Seattle have delivered a somewhat unexpectedly deep album, built on camaraderie that is equally as rewarding on the tenth listen as the first.
The band’s debut record is full of reverb, singalong choruses and frontman Brae Fisher’s buoyant vocals, with underpinned post-hardcore riffs that would sit comfortably on a Title Fight or La Dispute record. Powerfully relatable, Don’t Let Go feels like sitting down with your mates over a few tins to hash out your lives: its peaks and pits, its loves and losses.
In an album that will find itself at the pointy end of many Album Of The Year lists come December, Dear Seattle’s eleven-song effort sits as a perfect snapshot of youth culture today: self-depreciative at times and equally self-actualising at others, sometimes in the same song (Homegrown); subconsciously seeking validation from friends and strangers alike (Try); social media’s lasting effects on mental health (A Modest Mind); and the insatiable need for more from life, even if you have it pretty good.
Don’t Let Go is out February 15 via Domestic La La.
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