Album review: boWsER | Whispers From The Wicker Man

Local heavy alt-rock juggernaut boWsER were initially active in the mid to late 2000s, signing a worldwide publishing deal with EMI and earning a coveted support slot for The Eagles Of Death Metal on their Australian tour, before embarking on a lengthy creative hiatus.

The power packed three-piece (consisting of lead singer and guitarist Brad Weynton, bassist Otto Mitter and drummer Nathan Williams) resurfaced in 2019 and have now stepped up to deliver their much anticipated debut album, ‘Whispers From The Wicker Man’, working with renowned producer Steve James, whose production credits include Shihad, The Superjesus and The Screaming Jets.

Across the album’s eleven molten nuggets, the band lay down their hard rocking, melodically-infused musical manifesto, for which they’ve given their own unique moniker – #volcanicrock. And the album does indeed erupt hard and often – or in the words of Mitter (who we recently interviewed for the magazine) “boWsER has this vibe that is heavy but at the same time has a groove to it. Kind of like a big Walrus on the dance floor, it barges on through and certainly leaves its mark.”

Opening number, ‘Renegade’, starts off on a vaguely middle eastern trip before detonating into a tightly wound modern rock groove driven by an insistently ringing riff.

Recent single, ‘Supersonic’, is one of the album’s stone-cold highlights, its tight, catchy riffage and instantly memorable chorus packing a tautly melodic punch that is sure to gain them a swathe of new fans. And be sure to check out the track’s animated clip, with the band represented as animated neon robots, while also playing as a homage to much-loved 2000s Gold Coast music venue The Chophouse.

2019 single ‘People In The TV’ touches upon the themes of paranoia in an ever more insidious multimedia age, the song locking immediately into a head nodding groove, an arrangement both catchy and inventive and resplendent in vocal stylings which bring to mind rock titans Queens Of The Stone Age.

Elsewhere, numbers such as ‘Animals’ and ‘Killed A Roman’ straddle a tightrope between poppy bounce and spiky rock edginess. ‘Wicker Man’ is another of the album’s high watermarks and encapsulates all of the band inherent strengths while adding a spacy mid-song interlude to complement its relentless rock riffage and memorable chorus.

With ‘Whispers From The Wicker Man’, boWsER have delivered a highly impressive volcanic rock-bomb which can lay claim as an early contender for local album of the year.

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