The ’90s are definitely back. A Facebook group, Sound As Ever, celebrating Australian ’90s indie rock, recently launched and gathered thousands of followers. Those people would dig Brisbane band Violent Soho.
Put on their new album – the follow-up to 2016’s chart-topping WACO – and you’re immediately transported back to the decade of flannelette shirts, grunge and Generation X. From slacker pop – “lying on the floor is all I wanna do,” Luke Boerdam declares – to muscular rock, Violent Soho will have you fondly recalling ’90s classics such as Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, Weezer and Urge Overkill.
Producer Greg Wales was the perfect choice to helm the band’s fifth album, as he came of age in the ’90s, producing some of that era’s most-loved records by The Fauves, Pollyanna, Even, Snout and Sandpit, as well as an album by Violent Soho’s childhood heroes, Dumpster. Wales helps the band deliver a dynamic rock record.
“I don’t want to be a memory,” Boerdam sings. But if you lived the ’90s the first time around, this record is filled with glorious flashbacks. And if not, this collection will create new memories. If you worry about the lack of great young rock bands, check out Violent Soho; everything is A-OK.
Everything Is A-OK by Violent Soho is out April 3 via I Oh You.
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