Album review: Baltimore Gun Club (Self Titled)

The second, self-titled album of powerhouse Gold Coast trio Baltimore Gun Club traverses a dazzling array of amped-up goodness at the meatier end of the sonic spectrum, commencing with the heavy-groove goodness of ‘Archangel’, a mid-tempo pounder augmented with some blazing harmonica accompaniment.

Earlier single, ‘My Days’, is an impressively catchy ditty which trades on the early 90’s quiet/loud dynamic pioneered by trailblazers such as The Pixies and Nirvana.

‘Pathetique’ gallops along on a distinctly heavy-70’s via stoner rock trip, a vibe the band return to on penultimate number, the blazing ‘Safe By The Water’. While ‘DeNiro’ injects a touch of treated industrial-metal to proceedings. Things then come down a notch in the form of ‘Highgate Hill’, an acoustic driven rock ballad augmented with piano flourishes and featuring the sweet vocal accompaniment of guest performer, ROO.

The latter half of the album finds the Baltimore Gun Club lads, Psymon, Hyrma and Ronnie (top notch rock and roll names right there!) mix things up even more – case in point, the bent, proggish trip that is ‘The Teddy Bear Song’, demonstrating the band’s versatility and twisted sense of humour, without descending into novelty territory.

Meanwhile back in rock-out town, the adrenalised ‘1993’ proves to be an apt moniker, a riff-tastic barn-stormer that brings to mind prime period Grinspoon in its groove laden, alt-grunge attack.

And ‘Life Ain’t Long’ finds our three protagonists riding off into the sunset, delivering a sweetly strummed farewell… But stick around a bit, as the band head back out to party in the form of a hidden track, ‘Universe City’ (listed as a bonus track), delivering, of all things, an electro-dance number, displaying a pleasing willingness to confound and proving to be a perversely satisfying conclusion to what is by and large one almighty wallop of a rock record. Get on board and grab it the way it was meant to be heard, on either vinyl or CD format from your favourite record store, with a digital release to follow later down the track.

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