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JACKSON REID BRIGGS & THE HEATERS – ‘When Are You Going To Give Up On Me So I Can Give Up On Myself?’ Album Review

JACKSON REID BRIGGS & THE HEATERS – When Are You Going To Give Up On Me So I Can Give Up On Myself?

jackson-reid-briggsJackson Reid Briggs & The Heaters are another product of that hotbed of creativity, Melbourne, Australia. Their debut album, When Are You Going To Give Up On Me So I Can Give Up On Myself will be released on March 30th on 12’ vinyl via Grubby Publications.

The band tackle the state of life in todays age with an energy that will translate live to forthcoming gigs across Australia. The first track, Monday Morning hits the listener straight away with machine gun drums and in-your-face power chords. The vocals are suitably snarly and angry producing a young Charlie Harper circa Stranglehold feel. It’s a great opening track full of raw power that fellow Australians, The Vines, would have been proud of. In Your Eyes, continues with the visceral energy held together by a slick guitar lick and grows into a punk rock cracker. On Everyone Is Ugly, the band take it up another notch – it sounds as though there at least five guitarists belting out chords, notes and rhythm. The dual vocal interplay adds to the urgency and the bass guitar supported break is excellent.

Jackson Reid Briggs & The Heaters crank out a full on psychedelic punk with surf punk guitar on When Are You Going To Give Up On Me with growled vocals fighting with the guitars for prominence and both win!  The album is relentless as it attacks you from the very first note with a sound that is familiar yet unique…the vocals on If I Had Time mix a melodic chorus with Gallows style throaty growls with that aforementioned snarl.

I Want To Die clocks in at over three and half minutes and the machine gun drums launch into a Iggy and Stooges sounding punk track that is tight as hell but loose at the same time if that’s possible to imagine. The 7th track of the 11 on the debut, Shakin’ On The Floor is introduced with an extended and almost chaotic lead guitar driven instrumental before the vocals channel Shane Magowan at his snappy best.

Numbness is fifty-five second romp whilst The West plays along with B-52s style riff before hurling into some frenetic punk rock. The second to last song, Near Me, adds to the feeling of nihilism and despair with some despondent and desolate lyrics and vocal delivery. The final track, Altona Beach is over eight minutes in length and this allows the band to introduce a slow, Jesus & Mary Chain strummed, fuzzed up guitar underpinning those despairing vocals. The track takes its time to build but remains an absolute scorcher of a song with some guitar work that is terrific…a super end to an energetic, raw and, ultimately, satisfying album.

When Are You Going To Give Up On Me So I Can Give Up On Myself? Is available here:- https://jacksonreidbriggs.bandcamp.com/album/when-are-you-going-to-give-up-on-me-so-i-can-give-up-on-myself

 

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