Outright
Demo 2011


3.5
great

Review

by David James Young USER (181 Reviews)
August 6th, 2011 | 15 replies | 6,016 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist


4 of 5 thought this review was well written

It's gritty, grungy and relentlessly in-your-face. It's rawly recorded and sloppily performed. Its production values involve pressing record and pressing stop. It's all over in about six minutes. In other words, the demo EP from Melbourne-based Outright is exactly what one should look for in DIY hardcore – a lasting first impression that demonstrates precisely what this band is about and why they have what it takes to stand apart from their contemporaries. To paraphrase The Whitlams, there's a hardcore band on every corner when it comes to the bulging Australian scene – so why should you care about Outright?

For one thing, Outright are not tangled up in any wave of fads, whether it's the kind of teenage angst that you probably should have left behind when you deleted your MySpace profile or the useless inclusion of a synth player (a bit like how every nu-metal band used to have a DJ). It's about as classic an attempt at hardcore punk as you're likely to find, all churning,distorted guitar tones and skittering double-time drums. What's more is that the band don't have time to be whiners – there's aggression, sure, but it's not baseless and gratuitously brought up. This is the kind of music that doesn't need – nor event want – to sit around feeling sorry for itself. “Gotta be the change I want to see,” screeches vocalist Jelena Goluza (yeah, it's a woman – big woop, wanna fight about it?) in opener “Bricks.” “All possibilities in front of me, proving that it can be done.” This demo doesn't have time for bullshit – literally, even if it wanted to; each song averages about two minutes.

Having throwbacks to “golden era” hardcore certainly doesn't exactly make Outright the most original band, but you've absolutely no foot to stand on were you to label them as uninspired. This is a brisk, bullshit-free demo that's well worth investigating to anyone who's dismissed Australian hardcore as all bogans and boardshorts. Pay attention.

Stream/download the demo here: http://www.reverbnation.com/outright



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Irving
Staff Reviewer
August 6th 2011



7164 Comments


AtavanHalen - repping Australia since 2001.

Good to see you writing around here again man. Have a pos.

Digging: Ty Segall - Manipulator

AtavanHalen
August 6th 2011



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks man.

Also, are you implying that I'm ten?

Irving
Staff Reviewer
August 6th 2011



7164 Comments


Eh I was aiming for the year in which you started writing around here; spent five seconds trying to guess it, then decided to play safe and round it up to a decade for good measure. Haha epic fail Irv.

AtavanHalen
August 6th 2011



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Right. Anyway, it was either 06 or 07 when I started writing here.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
August 6th 2011



7164 Comments


Good to know haha. And long may it continue =)

Acanthus
August 7th 2011



9537 Comments


Really enjoyable read, I didn't know much about Australia's hardcore scene before reading this.

Parallels
August 7th 2011



6641 Comments


ATAVANREVIEW! Looks like you've been picking up some inspiration from Sonictheplumbers' short reviews. lol

Waior
August 7th 2011



11451 Comments


excellent review, atavan.

way to be keeping local!

AtavanHalen
August 7th 2011



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks for reading, doodles! Make sure you check out the link to hear this stuff, it's pretty fantastic.

Miss u Caleb.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
August 7th 2011



15784 Comments


nice review dude.

Digging: Maybeshewill - Fair Youth

rasputin
August 7th 2011



14538 Comments


Really enjoyable read, I didn't know much about Australia's hardcore scene before reading this.


and you still don't!

wyankeif1337
August 7th 2011



6739 Comments


hell yes, another random hxc demo

rasputin
August 7th 2011



14538 Comments


had a listen, pretty average. the vocals are awful.

australia has a lot of really great DIY hardcore bands, wouldnt say this is one of them

AtavanHalen
August 7th 2011



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You're an arrogant, facetious prick Atavan


Woah woah woah, who the fuck are you?

Didn't expect you to like this sputin, miss u bby

AtavanHalen
August 8th 2011



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice 1 m8 rly funeh n that



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