It would be safe to say this year has seen a continued revival of Australia’s surf meets garage punk sound. Following the likes of Dune Rats, Skegss and Hockey Dad, comes Adelaide's STORK. They play it simple but when it comes to emotional lyrics and catching hooks they can really put it across.
Debut LP Let the Boys Eat starts with the cracking of a ‘tinny’. This most sacred of sounds introduces opening track ‘Best Friend’. It sees the band embracing the culture of drinking in copious amounts. Beers with close friends.
It’s followed with the self-explanatory ‘Legless’ before the band take a break from their fast pace to focus on the solid groove of ‘Leather Poisoning’. ‘Congrats’ sees the band rebel. Here they set out to refuse the standard lifestyles society dictates and set to do so by quitting that shitty job and snubbing ideas of their music being controlled by a major label.
Two tracks deserve special mention. ‘Bad Girl’ takes a surprise twist with an interesting time signature and Spanish sounding outro. ‘Cane Toad’ sees the band have a go at country-rock. To comprehend what STORK sounds like with flamenco guitars or if they played country music, you’ll need to hear it for yourself.
The remainder of the record continues in familiar fashion. However, the album takes another turn for last song and title track ‘Let The Boys Eat’. Here they dust off the acoustic guitars and deliver some seriously lyrical content.
This entire album sounds like a party. Like STORK invited all their friends to a mate’s backyard, plugged in and turned up, loud and short, for a thirteen-song set. Let The Boys Eat is simplistic but it shows skill. STORK produce some unforgettable hooks. It’s something which differentiates them from the more standard fare of the Australian garage and surf rock scene. This is a debut that’s no doubt exciting to see on stage. Be sure to check them out as they hit the road in mid-June.
Words by Chris K