The Brisbane quartet, The Dollar Bill Murrays, may have a quaintly amusing moniker but on the strength of this EP, they are not here just for fun. This is a strong guitar-driven, melodically powerful EP that shows a high level of maturity and portends a great future. Singer Felix Lindgren has that yelpy, louche delivery essential for any good rock’n’roll band. Guitarist Antii Kovacs creates a wall of memorable riffs interspersed with a satisfying level of fuzz and distortion over the powerful rhythm section of drummer Rachit Moti and bassist Paul Ballam-Cross.

Opening song, “The More You Know” opens with a blast of swaggering attitude – redolent certainly of bands like The Arctic Monkeys as well as The Strokes and more obscure New York bands like the much missed The Bravery.

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The next two songs on the EP dial it down a bit and show the band is not a one-trick pony. “I Want Everything” tends towards more of a ballad infused with a degree of melancholy and yearning. “In My Head” puts at the fore Lindgren’s incredible vocal range, ranging from a growl to a soul-laden pop falsetto. And, just in case you are settling down, “Medicine” blasts in with Himalayan levels of riffery and swagger: Kovacs’s guitar providing a fuzzy, scuzzy dirty wall of profoundly satisfying grunge over thundering drums that could bring a corpse to life.

The EP ends with “My Friends The Sky”: as its name suggests, a more trippy psychedelic infused song.

This band is a great and very much welcome exponent of vintage indie guitar rock and a satisfying antidote to the insipid beige that so often masquerades as indie music.

You can buy the EP, released through Valley Heat Records, here, including a limited number in the cassette format. Have a listen to the EP here:

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