While acknowledging the ascent of jangle-pop burnouts Dune Rats over the last few years, one must also acknowledge the backlash. For every packed show and rousing singalong, there’s been an equally vocal series of detractors that demonise the band for their bong-ripping hedonism. Whatever your stance, the trio have an undeniable presence in the Australian music climate – and with their long-awaited second LP, it doesn’t appear as though they’ll be going anywhere anytime soon.
Fans from the Dunies’ EP days will note The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit as the band’s most cohesive release to date – a tight half-hour of bratty, endless-kickflip grunge that gets its hooks in both early and often. Braindead is a certified firestarter, while the urgency of Counting Sheep propels it along briskly and memorably. The album’s two lead singles – closer Bullshit and the party-friendly Scott Green – are also indicative of a band that knows how and when to put the work in as far as big-swinging rock songs go. To paraphrase Wayne’s World: “These guys are not phonies. The kids can spot phonies – they’re very smart.”
By David James Young