Review Summary: Casper with the Munchies
Australia isn't exactly well known for innovating music as much as providing it with a carefree, ***-you-attitude. In that spirit, Brisbane's Violent Soho aim to do little more than sing praise for weed and thrash about in a sound in debt to grunge, hardcore punk and Black Sabbath. Energy is generally what most of the songs rely on, with booming choruses encouraging reckless moshing on "Dope Calypso" and "Covered in Chrome", while "Saramona Said" provides some fairly unnecessary balladry in the middle of ...Ghost
's pounding anthems. There's little confusing, opaque or gnomic about these guys, a factor that should generally appeal to a placid and stoned fanbase. Generally speaking, Violent Soho aren't a band ready to innovate or push boundaries, but their clear debt to Master of Reality
and Superfuzz Bigmuff
implies that they have a sense of fun running through their compositions. If that means Australian music will be confined to that of having a 'fun' reputation, then so be it, Violent Soho are 'fun' with a blunt hanging out the corner of its mouth. Go ahead and blaze it.