Skegss My Own MessIt’s been five years coming, but Byron Bay chillers Skegss have finally got around to releasing their 15-track debut album.

Much like the leisurely vibe given off by the town they come from, My Own Mess is full of nonchalant basslines, noodly riffs and lo-fi fuzz. However, songs scratch deeper than you might expect: Up In The Cloud is a reminder of life’s uncertainties, Smogged Out a cry of homesickness, and Testing a coming-of-age story. And that’s exactly what this album is: a coming-of-age. The fuzzed-up trio locked themselves away and have recorded a considered and balanced debut LP.

Sure, they have songs about dutch courage (Margarita), reckless abandon (Stop) and even the blight of the ATM withdrawal charge (Transaction Fee), but I can’t help but get the impression Skegss actually do have their sh-t together – at least more than they lead us to believe.

My Own Mess is out September 7 via Warner.

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