It is really, really good to hear some Shrapnel again. Originally the solo whirring synth pop project of Day Ravies’ Sam Wilkinson, the project has since expanded into a full band, and fuck me, can’t you just hear those extra folks in their latest track “Another Year”.
With the addition of members from Dollar Bar, Julia Why, and Miners, building up a substantial amount of guitar noise was never going to be a problem. But the tidal waves of “Another Year” are unprecedented! Each strum of the guitar clangs like a Vatican church bell being cracked over your eardrums, punctuating Wilkinson’s earnest cries of placation and appeasement.
Although just shy of three minutes, Shrapnel – with their commitment to deafening EVERYONE, both literally and emotionally – pack the same punch as any golden era Matador band. Except instead of merely replicating the same sounds of Guided By Voices et al., Shrapnel have extended on the lessons laid down by Pollard and co. and created a song that evokes something more than cheap nostalgia. In simple terms, it’s heaps good, aye.
Shrapnel’s new album Tranceplanetsugarmouth will be out late OCtober on Coolin’ By Sound Records. They play this Friday at the Union, supporting local icons Peabody. They’ll also be in Brisbane on the 26th and the 27th