In Brush Park
Flying Nun Records
There’s bits of David Kilgour and The Heavy Eights and Bailter Space all within the first two minutes of opening track, Nails Painted. Welcome to In Brush Park, the debut full-lengther from Christchurch’s T54.
Again with the Kilgour feel on Life is Swell, slightly mumbled lyrics, guitars that just want to curl up on the couch, but it doesn’t take long before the crunch kicks in and it’s more a case of Love’s Ugly Children.
Like the fantastic Salad Boys and – if we’re being honest – the just okay/pass-mark Surf City T54 is another new New Zealand guitar-based noisy-pop band that could just as easily be a much older New Zealand guitar-based noisy-pop band.
Kill Red brings to mind Letterbox Lambs, if not 3Ds and then things change gears, the hurtle slows as the wistful O Nina might remind you of Superette’s ballads; of JPS Experience…
Most of the songs just scrape in under three minutes – they get their business done without fucking around and then the closing Biscuit City Sisters churns the same sort of pinched-from-Krautrock groove that Wilco’s been known to purloin. It builds over seven minutes, guitars scribbling over the lines all the while.
In Brush Park is a blast – a blast of good tunes. From a good band. Give it a hoon. It’s well worth it. I like the trim running time, 36 minutes; they say all that needs to be said – and for the most part the vocals are just another texture, nothing to sit around and decipher.