REVIEW: Mr Flabio | We Will Riot

Mr Flabio – aka Tim Oxley – has a strong musical heritage. Hailing from Kingscliff in Northern NSW, Tim is the youngest sibling of the Oxley family, with big brothers Peter and Jeremy as founding members of the1980’s rock group the Sunnyboys. Like his brothers, Tim has talent galore.  A drummer, bass player and guitarist, Tim wrote every track, played all instruments and sang all the vocals on We Will Riot.

As a 17 year old, Tim moved to Sydney and formed his first band The Humdingers, a fun power pop group, and since then has played in many bands – always writing – and honing his talent.

We will Riot is melodic and fun, harking back to the Seattle sound with touches of Nirvana, Mudhoney and the Lemonheads.  The lyrics create a pretty cool commentary on modern life in the modern world, with just a touch of angst. Plenty of balls and great guitars abound, and a raw drive and rock which seems to run in the family.

Softer touches appear with songs like Rock n Roll Girlfriend, and then the full Mr Flabio sound jumps down your throat with tracks such as Rock On. To be honest I was not sure on my first listen, but on each listen since, the album has grabbed me.  It rocks, grinds, and gets that toe tapping.  It is very reminiscent of the inner city Sydney sound bouncing around the inner suburbs in the late 1980’s.

With seven good tracks, and I am looking forward to catching Mr Flabio when Tim tours early in 2015.

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