Jebediah
Kosciuszko


4.5
superb

Review

by Michael Philp USER (42 Reviews)
April 16th, 2011 | 24 replies | 5,839 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Jebediah return triumphant, proudly reclaiming their spot as one of Australia’s best alt. rock bands.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Australia’s alternative rock scene is in a sad state of affairs at the moment. Thirsty Merc can’t seem to stop sliding further into the pit of mediocrity, Little Birdy and The Living End haven’t produced anything relevant for years, Eskimo Joe keep producing safe albums that don’t touch their debut, and don’t even get me started on British India and what they’ve done to the place. In comes Jebediah, saving the day with Kosciuszko, a brilliant throwback to classic Australian alt. rock. That’s a surface look though, peer a little bit deeper and you see that Kosciuszko is more than just a slice of late 90’s nostalgia, and that’s because of one fact: Kevin Mitchell and co. have never sounded better. This is Jebediah at their finest, and it sounds bloody fantastic.

Jebediah have done that rare thing, they’ve made improvements on their original sound without sacrificing what got them attention in the first place. Chris Daymond and Kevin Mitchell both produce excellent riffs, some of the best of their career. Mitchell still sings in his trademark incoherent drawl, but he’s clearer than he’s ever been here, and his melodies benefit from that immensely. Brett Mitchell shines as well, most notably on “Under Your Bed”, where his brilliantly energetic beat provides the perfect backbone for the most aggressive song on the album. “Under Your Bed” is arguably the best song here, actually. It not only showcases the tightness of the band, but allows each member to add their own style to the heavier sound that’s present. The result is 2 minutes of excellent, energetic, ridiculously passionate rock music.

What’s even better is that the band avoid almost all of the pitfalls that they so easily could have fallen into. “Battlesong” is only a step away from being horribly cheesy, but that one step makes all the difference. “The Lash” has moments of mediocrity that threaten to derail the entire thing, but Brett’s quirky little additions to the percussion and Chris excellent guitar work pull it from the brink and the song ends up working as well as any of the others on the album. Really, that’s what makes Kosciuszko such a brilliant album; when every other Australian alt. rock band is either dying, stagnating, or just simply rolling around in their own ***, Jebediah are standing tall. They’ve come out of a lengthy hiatus with fresh ideas and translated them into one hell of an album. No one could have asked for a better album, Kosciuszko is exactly what it needs to be, and it revels in that brilliantly.



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Eclectic
April 16th 2011



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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Vooligan
April 16th 2011



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great review man

freaking love this album

Eclectic
April 17th 2011



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pity I can't go to the live show, they'd be insane.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 17th 2011



17118 Comments


every time i see this mentioned on some aussie's twitter all i can think about is http://petra.euitio.uniovi.es/~i1654819/Simpsons/INDICE_HTML/IMAGENES/GRANDES/springfield.gif


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AtavanHalen
April 17th 2011



17927 Comments


onya jebz m8

WhiteNoise
April 19th 2011



2881 Comments


I should probably look into this, Lost my Nerve sounded alright.

"The Living End haven’t produced anything relevant for years"

This however, is blasphamy!

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Vooligan
April 19th 2011



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Shes like a comet is so god damn catchy.

WhiteNoise
April 19th 2011



2881 Comments


Bought this today after hearing great things :D

AtavanHalen
April 20th 2011



17927 Comments


This however, is blasphamy!


1. It's blasphemy
2. It happens to be true.

Eclectic
April 21st 2011



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

1. It's blasphemy
2. It happens to be true.

I love you

WhiteNoise
April 22nd 2011



2881 Comments


Lame. I loved their last two albums.

AtavanHalen
April 22nd 2011



17927 Comments


Yes, but you were born in 2003.

Crowe
July 25th 2011



435 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This is some genuinely tasteful alt. rock to jam to, 90s all over this shit.

This is a lovely review, too, and I'll check out your recommendations, Michael, as I'm rather ignorant about the whole of Australia' rock scene anyway. Give Spy Catcher's Honesty a shot, though, for another excellent alternative rock album from this year. They're a great band out of Watford.

Mordecai.
July 25th 2011



8256 Comments


Yes, but you were born in 2003.


i always imagined that rather than being a person, alligator is just a bonus disc that came with pre-orders of American Idiot, entitled "Australian Idiot".

yeh this is solid. they are playing at my uni bar at the end of this month reeeooowwww = )

Eclectic
July 25th 2011



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Give Spy Catcher's Honesty a shot, though, for another excellent alternative rock album from
this year. They're a great band out of Watford.

Will do, and thanks for the compliment!

Tell me how it goes, Mordecai, I can't imagine these guys being anything less then excellent live.

Mordecai.
July 25th 2011



8256 Comments


definitely. will be good to hear the new material in a live setting. hope they play some oldies though.

Eclectic
July 25th 2011



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

God I would kill to hear Animal live.

Mordecai.
July 25th 2011



8256 Comments


that's exactly what i was getting at ; )

Eclectic
July 25th 2011



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Spy Catcher is pretty cool, though so far I'm definitely getting more of a punk vibe then alt. rock. That's not a criticism, in fact I'm liking it.

Crowe
July 25th 2011



435 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Mmhmm, there's definitely a punk influence there for sure. Unfortunately, Alt. rock as a genre is so large and could mean a number of things, from Radiohead to Linkin Park's most recent material. I heard so many things there that I felt alt. rock would work for its influences, at least hopefully.



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