Album review: The Aints | The Church Of Simultaneous Existence

One of the most important and influential bands to come out of Brisbane, The Saints, and in particular their first three albums, are rightly viewed as high watermarks in the realms of horn driven garage punk. Since such heady days, original guitarist and prolific Brisbane music institution Ed Kuepper has sporadically unleashed his cleverly referenced side project, The Aints. After recent live activity following an extended hiatus, the long-mooted excavation and reinterpretation of a bunch of embryonic Saints tracks from the bands golden years, from 1974 to 1978, has come to fruition under The Aints banner. Aint that grand!

‘The Church Of Simultaneous Existence’ swaggers out of the blocks with the brass inflected belter ‘Red Aces’, which was originally mooted to follow-on from a track cut from a similar cloth, the 1977 Saints classic ‘Know Your Product’.

The album’s title track sways and swells, fueled by the pulsing bass work of Peter Oxley, an Aints moonlighter when he’s not treading the boards as a founding member of the Sunnyboys.

Nods to Kuepper’s highly regarded solo work and the mutant art-jazz of his exemplary Laughing Clowns project also sporadically make their presence felt, in particular on numbers such as ‘You’ll Always Walk Alone’ and the stately ‘Country Song in G’.

Meanwhile the seven plus minutes of early days Kuepper that constitutes ‘Goodnight Ladies (I Hear A Sound Without)’ is an insistently dark pummel of guitar-melting, gargantuan proportions, the germination of which can be traced all the way back to its protagonists’ teenage years in 1969.

While back in seminal Saints central, ‘S-O-S ‘75’, marries a driving guitar refrain with vaguely mariachi fueled horns to devastating effect. The slowly creeping ‘Demo Girl Part 2’, plays as a sonic counterpoint to (I’m) Stranded era belter ‘Demolition Girl’. And the jaunty ‘Winters Way’ bounces along off the back of a tambourine and piano accompaniment married to the album’s more typical guitar and brass led flourishes.

Far from being a hodge-podge of pale outtakes, ‘The Church Of Simultaneous Existence’ stands defiantly on its own merits, offering both Saints tragics and newcomers alike a spine tingling insight into just why they were so highly regarded and cherished.  Praise be The Aints for bringing these seminal artefacts to the light of

 

 

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