So, Melbourne pop classicists Van and Cal Walker, Liz Stringer and former Messengers/Weddoes drummer Michael Barclay headed off for a beachside weekend to work up a few tunes – and came back a band, with two full albums done. Easy. Hints of the mixtape for their drive to the seaside: some Elvis Costello to Risking It All, a soupcon of Tom Petty in Since You Came Along and tangents like steel drums and drill-saw whine as Jeffrey Dahmer is referenced in the black-humoured Kill For Conversation. Simply neat pop built by scholars of the form.
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