Bridezilla
Bridezilla EP


3.5
great

Review

by Alex Silveri EMERITUS
December 16th, 2007 | 14 replies | 17,040 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Four girls, one guy, with a violin and sax thrown in just for kicks. The Result? A beautiful sprawling mix of great alternative rock that drips with potential.

Bridezilla are a young band. Like, really young. I mean dammit, the bands name is Bridezilla. Bridezilla. Sure, it’s probably something to do with there being four girls in the band, but still… with two members just out of high school and two more still behind the study desks, it’d be easy to dismiss the band as another label pressed gimmick, a la this years oh-so-popular Australian indie hipsters, Operator Please. Female fronted? Check. Violin? Check. Saxophone? Uhh… Far from the jump and shout sounds of most of Down Under’s alternative music scene, Bridezilla’s recently released EP is a mature, smooth flowing work of ethereal, earthy tunes, drawing on folky, grunge influences and carried though by Holiday Carmen-Spark’s beautifuly soothing vocals over a tightly wound band who know damn well how to make simple music sound good without any hints of pretentious wankery.

While Bridezilla come off as blasphemous outsiders in a scene where the modern dance-pop revival is well and truly stretching its legs, there’s nothing of the sort here, with the band going for a sound stripped down to earth, devoid of synths and electronics and instead opting to go with an unconventional paring of a violin and saxophone to give voice to their impressive debut. And though it's oh so easy nowadays to lose focus when playing with unconventional instruments, coming off as either theatrically bombastic or just somewhat contrived (see: Neon Bible, The Flying Club Cup), the Zillas don't just use their 'other' instruments here to merely complement the music, rather, both the brass and strings here are very much part of the heart and soul of the record's sound, weaving their soaring melodies in, out, through and behind the rest of the band. The brooding and moody Chainwork for example, just wouldn’t sound the same without Milly and Daisy going psyco-crazy behind their respective instruments by the end of it. And the best thing? It sounds perfectly natural.

Don't be fooled though, cause while everything works, it doesn't mean everything is perfect. I mean, hell, my decade year old Nissan works just fine, but it dosn't stop me from calling it a s'hitbox. Songs like Mr. Young and Brown Paper Bag have a tendency to be only as memorable as their respective song lengths, and one can't help but feel that the songwriting could be a little tighter round the edges. It'd be nice to see the band delve deeper into the darker elements set up throughout the music and explore even further down the paths already opened by their unique sound. Thankfully though, it's a hitch that (hopefully) owes itself more a band still growing to grasp their roots than anything wrong with the music at its core.

This and cool sounding instruments aside, the Zilla’s not-so-secret weapon is far more obvious: Vocalist Holiday Carmen Spark (or Holiday Sidewinder, if you’d prefer to go by linear notes). While her voice neither strides though octaves nor quips and shrieks like the best of them, when you got a voice that’s smoother than silk and more soothing than honey, who gives a damn? Pair that with the darkly tinged, almost haunting but soulful music that’s found on Bridezilla’s debut EP, and you’ve got a match made in heaven. From her shadowy, rough edged crooning on St. Francine to her beautiful, reverb drenched singing on Forbidden Holiday, it’s a hell of a musical ride.

Hopefully though, it’s a ride that keeps getting better. While the Zillas have been certainly making the rounds – playing at this year’s Homebake festival and upcoming Big Day Out 2008, as well as having opened for acts like The Roots, the Magic Numbers and fellow Aussies Wolfmother and the Mercy Arms, more time refining and exploring their own music in the studio would do no harm. Bridezilla certainly knows how to make a damn good sound – Forbidden Holiday and St. Francine are more than testament to this and for what it is (and it what is a still young, 5 song EP), Bridezilla – once I get over the name – are a band whose first full length will be well worth keeping an eye out for.

3.6/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
StreetlightRock
Emeritus
December 16th 2007



3762 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Brown Paper Bag, St. Francine and Forbidden Holiday are all up on their myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/bridezillaa

Thought I'd show some love for the little brown land's bulging indie scene.

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Apocalyptic Raids
December 17th 2007



810 Comments


nice review

AtavanHalen
December 17th 2007



17927 Comments


Love this band, can't wait to see them at Big Day Out!!
Good review, too, thanks for doing it!

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
December 17th 2007



3762 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ha, no problem, I'm suprised you've actually heard of them. Funny thing, I heard Brown Paper Bag on the radio and just just holy f'cuk thats really cool! Went home and bought the whole thing off itunes. First time I've ever done that. Who though the radio could be useful?

sgrevs
December 17th 2007



698 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Decent review, but if it hadn't been for the last two lines it would have sounded as though you'd rated it a 5. Still sounds like a 4 at worst from the review.

This band is fairly good, great live band, but I think they have been a bit overhyped. You describe Holidays vocals as "smooth", but really they are anything but.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
December 17th 2007



3762 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really? Thats the first word that came to mind when I heard her vox. Its just really sort of calming and nice to listen to. And as for the rating... yeah, I know what you mean, I just couldn't find anything really WRONG with the music, its just... they need to be writing better songs, cause they got everything else going for them tbh.

Also, edited for your reading pleasure.

AtavanHalen
December 17th 2007



17927 Comments


Yeah, man, this is really good. I heard them earlier this year when their single was on rage.
I wrote to them on MySpace and was so shocked when they wrote back! (actually it was Holiday, to be more precise; who I have a massive crush on). =D

McP3000
December 17th 2007



3941 Comments


I just have to say that this is a pretty gay band name, and pretty gay album art.

The music might be good though.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
December 17th 2007



3762 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like the album art...

sgrevs
December 17th 2007



698 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The name was weird when I first heard it, but now I've grown used to it and don't think anything of it. This band will do well, in terms of the Australian indie scene that is.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
July 14th 2008



4926 Comments


how come you don't review anymore wtf

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StreetlightRock
Emeritus
July 15th 2008



3762 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

me? I've been busy as fuck, I might throw out a The Herd Review just for you if you like - when im not up to my neck in juggling uni work, actual work and a g'damn social life, I'm writing articles for my uni magazine, not writing reviews =( Sorry.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
July 15th 2008



4926 Comments


I just saying cause you're one of the better contributing reviewers

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
July 15th 2008



3762 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haha, thanks, kk, I'll get back in to it for a bit or something, I've already started writing one, it'll be up sometime soon =)



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