Australia and New Zealand were abuzz with garage bands 10 or 12 years ago and there seems to be a new generation in Oz, given outfits like Scott and Charlene’s Wedding and now Melbourne’s Woollen Kits. Theirs is a very basic rock’n’roll style, like the first incarnation of Flying Nun or early three-chord punk, where everything is simple, direct and catchy but played with spirit and energy. The only exception to this short rule is ‘On The Move’, six-solid-minutes of ultra-rhythmic break-up pop but otherwise everything else falls around the proverbially perfect three minute mark.
Four songs, all the most memorable, are about girls, which give you an idea of what’s on their minds. While ‘Sandra’ is almost psychedelic dronepop in the vein of Wooden Shjips, ‘Cheryl’ is a couple of chords at best and is motivational in a pretty basic way: “when you look good, you know you feel good/ and when you feel good, you get shit done”. ‘Susannah’ is glam-garage, a mash-up of the Stooges and Roxy Music with a wailing saxophone, and previous single ‘Shelley’ charms you easily with its swaggering rhythm and chirpy guitar solo. It’s not especially original, the sleeve is functional and the production is minimal, but this is zero pretence, maximum reality from a young band full of spunk, energy and a taste for classic garage-rock.