INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
Direct the action with the push of a button. Press PLAY. Wait for a second and at this point something should be leaping from your speakers. What you should be hearing is The Dumb Punts.
They’re a band with an immediate impact. This Melbourne (or close to) outfit are hard rocking live and after a long period of 7 inchers and extended players, they’ve finally arrived at debut album. If the words ‘Mastered by Mikey Young’ ring familiar you may already know where it’s headed.
‘No Use (First Song)’ kicks this record off on familiar ground. Those who have come to know the group through 2015’s Coupla Couplas will feel right at home. It’s percussive, down-home-dirty rock.
But given the opportunity, this group touch on other territory too. Seattle – who from memory is usually behind the drums - takes vocals for more than a few noise pop leaning numbers. ‘Afraid of You’ even works in some jangling psychedelic licks. ‘Pay to Get Ahead’, ‘Communication’ and ‘Got It Good’ have bubblegum charm. But it’s the floor rumblers that knock The Big One out of the park. ‘It's How I’m Living’? Manic, motor rock. Blitzkrieg bops.
The Dumb Punts are here to show you what they can do. This group have developed their sound. Their debut record explores that potential, juggling instrumental and vocal roles as well as just plain cutting into some heart jumping rock.
Anyhoo. By this point, the record should have played through. So, moving into the future there’s three options which are advised.
Firstly, you could give it another twirl. Secondly, you may want to investigate what these three have delivered earlier, you know they once wrote a fairly compelling song about a goonsack. There’s a great little number called ‘Chiller’ too. Thirdly, catch these guys live, they really put it across but now that we’ve got to thinking there’s a fourth direction too. Buy the thing! A vinyl’d be nice. CD’s? Hey, you can still play them in the car. Oh, actually, it’s just the vinyl label Pissfart has on offer. No tapes available either. But if you downloaded the digital version it wouldn’t be too hard to make one. Then there’s always some band merch to be scooped up, help keep these guys alive! Wait. Wasn’t this supposed to be a record review? We’re getting away from ourselves here…
Words by Riley Fitzgerald