Well done, Lovers.
One of Australia’s most enduring and consistent bands, Underground Lovers, have just returned with their 10th album, A Left Turn.
Their previous LP, 2017’s Staring At You Staring At Me, saw the band tackle their guitar capability – a rock-driven run of songs which uncovered the versatility of a band who have previously been content to sit on a groove.
On A Left Turn, the band return to the cockpit and set for the sky – it’s a smooth journey that plays to their krautrock influences. ‘Bells’ and ‘Rocky Endings (A Left Turn)’ could be mistaken for Brian Jonestown Massacre deep cuts, such is their willingness to settle on a rhythm and stay there. Nevertheless, the album does have its rock flourishes – ‘Hooky’ a forthright account of testosterone-laden man-to-man encounters.
Lead single and standout track, ‘Seven Day Weekend’, is a Britpop-inspired number reminiscent of Happy Mondays – vocalist Vincent Giarrusso adorns his Shaun Ryder cape in this ode to not giving a fuck.
If anything, the inward-looking A Left Turn consolidates the parameters of Underground Lovers’ comfort zone. They understand their strengths and they’re not going to stray too far from the tree if they don’t have to. Another solid effort, Lovers.