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Natural Born Chillers is quintessential The Bennies

The Bennies have been at it for a while now and are considered one of the hardest working bands in Australia. 

This huge experience in playing to and inciting raucous crowds has perhaps informed their songwriting. Natural Born Chillers is musically and lyrically focused and succeeds in distilling what the band is all about.
 
Sober minds may wave a finger at the pro-drugs stance of this party band, but of course nothing kills a party quicker than when the parents get home early. ‘Trip Report’, near the end of this short LP, is a Beatnik-style narration that explains how events unfolded after the narrator “bumped a whole bunch of ‘shrooms”. Opener ‘Get High Like An Angel’ might not be something parents want an impressionable daughter to watch on a Saturday morning as she gets ready for a school netball game. But hey, it’s 2018 and that battle was lost decades ago.
 
‘Dreamkillers’ is one of the strongest tracks on the album and is testament to how big guitar riffs will never go the way of the dodo. Not that The Bennies have ever shied away from a Buck Rodgers exploration into the infinite universe of synthesizers. Gang vocals are lush in this track, you just want more of them. The lyrics inspire you to exorcise the toxic shitheads from your life. Amen to that.
 
Another super-strong track of Natural Born Chillers is ‘Destination Unknown’. Quirky synths lead to accelerating guitars, and soon sonic positivity is harmonized with the lyrical preach of individuation. “Find what you love and never let go,” is the refrain you could imagine being chanted by a crowd of thousands at some summer festival. It’s as simple as it is genuine – you know The Bennies mean it.
 
The title track continues the infectious nature of this album and is Australian reggae at its rare best. The opening lyrics could liberate any stressed-out law student to grow dreads and move to Byron, “Some say I’m lazy but I know I’m free.” Yes, yes, yes.
 
9/10