Gee Tee weaves through life’s rush hour on Goodnight Neanderthal

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Gee Tee weaves through life’s rush hour on Goodnight Neanderthal

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words by luca cesarini

The Sydney-sider's latest release is a relentless 18 minute road trip through a fun hell.

Goodnight Neanderthal takes the listener through the world of the enigmatic Kel Mason, whose nasally vocals and authentic lyricism are soundtracked by rugged, lo-fi instrumentals. 

Flying through the depths of mosh pits around Australia and undertaking a US tour last year, Gee Tee has been shining its brand of punk rock to thousands of die-hard punters with sold-out records and powerful live shows. 

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The band’s highly-anticipated second album follows a handful of EPs, covers and collaborations put out since 2018’s self-titled debut. Jam-packed with buzzy guitars, cheap synths and addictive melodies, Goodnight Neanderthal showcases Gee Tee’s signature DIY sound fine-tuned to a short-but-sweet power punch. 

The album opens with the ambient sound of a growling car engine that crescendos before the listener is thrown into a cute synth melody, driven forward by tight, punchy drums.  

The car drifts back around for the fast-paced banger, (I Hate) Drivin In The City. We’re sitting next to Mason as he rants about his frustrations for city traffic, soundtracked by furious drums and droning guitar licks that capture the infuriating feeling of being stuck on the road.  

Bad Egg hilariously chronicles the horrible smell of a rotten egg in the house, penning the song to someone whose character evokes the same emotions. 

Within The Walls searches for an unknown force, juxtaposing bright synths and thick, guttery bass as Mason anxiously explores his fears: “Oh, in the bed I shake/Oh, will I ever wake?”

Rock Phone’s humming guitars and thumping drums soundtrack Mason’s utopia where he can only be contacted on a Flintstone phone, a humorous and impressive metaphor for the feeling of needing to disconnect from the overwhelming presence of technology. 

Closing with penetrating vocals, crunchy guitars and vivid synths on 40k, Goodnight Neanderthal drives the listener through each skid and crash of life at a ferocious speed – make sure you’ve got your seatbelt on for this one. 

Listen to or buy the album on Bandcamp here.