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Horsell Common have long been a staple of the Melbourne live circuit. Their passionate shows have earnt them a massive following and over the last few years the band as racked up a list of supports and tours that would make other bands green with envy (AFI, Boysetsfire and Hawthorne Heights to name a few).
I have been a fan since day 1, and having seen these guys start of playing for 50 kids at Shanty Town studios (ah, the memories) to packing out rooms across the country I cannot think of a band more deserving of success.
Satellite Wonderland is the band’s 3rd EP (and fourth if you include their split with Peninsula boys Trial Kennedy) and it’s the band’s best work to date.
Courtesy of revered produced Kalju Tonuma the production on this CD is amazing. The drums sound punchy, the bass resonates without being overbearing and the guitars sound thick without sacrificing any clarity. Add Stu’s distinctly Australian voice to the mix and Satellite Wonderland is an EP which is technically flawless.
As I mentioned previously, the songs themselves are HC’s best work to date. Each of the 5 tracks rock in their own distinct way and they seem to be catchier than any of the band’s previous work. Royal Artillery is a song that has been included in Horsell Common sets for close to a year and it sounds as amazing on record as it does in a live setting. The addition of crowd noise over the bridge of the song is a particularly nice touch. Every time I hear the track I feel like I’m in a crowded room singing along!
With the backing of Boomtown Records and a great management team behind
them Horsell Common have everything going for them. This CD is
indicative of what the band is capable of and I look forward to seeing
where they go from here!
2. Blood & Wine
3. Royal Artillery
4. Stop…Don’t Stop