The Belligerents Science Fiction“Sorry to say,” The Belligerents frontman Lewis Stephenson intones on the opening cut on the band’s debut album, “it’s all the same.”

And, yes, there can be a stifling sameness to electro-pop. But not with The Belligerents. The Brisbane band have delivered a wonderfully kooky collection, where you never know what’s coming next. Just about every track is like its own epic electro opera, with unexpected shifts in sound – it’s almost exhausting. There are some Britpop influences, plenty of nods to the ’80s, and Caroline takes a trip to ’60s psychedelia. But The Belligerents have crafted their own ambitious adventure. Back to the future.

Science Fiction is out September 8 via Sony.

Buy now at JB Hi-Fi