10 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

When Australia’s Eddy Current Suppression Ring (named for an electrical gadget) spent one afternoon back in 2006 recording its electrifying self-titled debut, the band likely had no idea it’d soon be crowned king of the garage/post-punk scene (both here and there). Primary Colours followed that scrappy debut two years later, taking the intent and energy of ECSR’s debut and honing it ever so slightly into a more pointed (and dangerous) stick. Singer Brendan Suppression sounds uncannily like a young Iggy Pop, while the furious sturm’n’drang of Eddy Current’s guitars evoke the glory days of British post-punk: Wire, Swell Maps, and Alternative TV are conjured on blistering and disarmingly catchy tracks like “Memory Lane,” “Colour Television,” and “Which Way to Go.” It may seem bizarre to mention The Feelies in this company, but “That’s Inside of Me” has the same brilliant, tense windup that The Feelies captured so perfectly in their early days. Primary Colours will send post-punk fans of a certain age swooning and should light a fire under the younger crowd—this is what rock ’n’ roll should sound like.

EDITORS’ NOTES

When Australia’s Eddy Current Suppression Ring (named for an electrical gadget) spent one afternoon back in 2006 recording its electrifying self-titled debut, the band likely had no idea it’d soon be crowned king of the garage/post-punk scene (both here and there). Primary Colours followed that scrappy debut two years later, taking the intent and energy of ECSR’s debut and honing it ever so slightly into a more pointed (and dangerous) stick. Singer Brendan Suppression sounds uncannily like a young Iggy Pop, while the furious sturm’n’drang of Eddy Current’s guitars evoke the glory days of British post-punk: Wire, Swell Maps, and Alternative TV are conjured on blistering and disarmingly catchy tracks like “Memory Lane,” “Colour Television,” and “Which Way to Go.” It may seem bizarre to mention The Feelies in this company, but “That’s Inside of Me” has the same brilliant, tense windup that The Feelies captured so perfectly in their early days. Primary Colours will send post-punk fans of a certain age swooning and should light a fire under the younger crowd—this is what rock ’n’ roll should sound like.

TITLE TIME

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

nova6rocks ,

Awsome

Great stuff from down under! Right up there with Mad Max and AC/DC. Hope they tour the US, I would love to see them live.

Picturesofloudnoises ,

Can I say "jammy" and still keep your interest?

Almost every reason people have to continue to love rock music, despite attempts to complicate or simplify it, lives on in a band like Eddie Current Suppression Ring. Drums, Bass, Guitar, Vocals...the occasional keys...all very live. They play tribute to the blues without pandering. Yes, it's hard to believe, there are good bands, like these guys and The Deadly Snakes and others, that can still pull off the otherwise pillaged "garage" canon etc. with their own style in 2009. They even "go for it" in a naive way on big choruses and don't fall flat. Imagine a modern day MC5, but substituting the drugs with self awareness. Just good, honest, incredibly fun/serious music.

Guns on the Roof_66 ,

The Goods

ECSR is the goods. What real rock n roll is supposed to invoke. Buy it! Turn it up and piss off the neighbors.

More By Eddy Current Suppression Ring

You May Also Like