For Fans Of
“Prescriptions For The Rich”
is the sophomore EP for Sydney’s Fifty Sixx, and while they’re not ready
to turn the music world on its head just yet, it does show a great deal
of promise for the band’s future.
First and foremost, front man
Ben Britton has a cracking set of pipes on him… kind of similar to
the guy from The Butterfly Effect (the band, not the movie) except Ben’s
band doesn’t suck. While there’s nothing wrong with the musical aspect
of Fifty Sixx it is most definitely the vocal performance that separates
them from the hundreds of other Australian pop rock bands.
Opening number “Money Can’t
Buy Class” is an upbeat affair and was a good choice to start this
EP off. The riffs are crunchy and the song is easy to get into but it’s
the vocals that really give this song its edge, both from a melodic
and lyrical standpoint. It’s always refreshing to hear someone crooning
about something other than girls and Ben’s analysis of the “celebrity
focused, drug fuelled mess” (his words, not mine) that is this world
is pretty spot on in my book.
“Life Inside” is a slower
tune that is more pop than rock, but still a good listen nonetheless
and the sparse arrangements that litter “Hope” give Fifty Sixx’s
vocal department another chance to shine.
on their records, many of which fall short when compared to the rest
of their catalgoue but “The Gift” is a worthy inclusion. Musically
the song is the EP’s standout but it’s the lyrics which are truly memorable
as they are a reflective passage about one of the band members losing
his father to cancer. “Breathless” closes the record out with another
quality melody and some intricate guitar work which climaxes
with an impressive solo in the song’s mid section.
The packaging (courtesy of The
Kingdom Of Sad Machines) of this EP looks fantastic and the production
– while a little too polished for my liking – does the band’s songs
justice. I’m keen to see what these guys can come up with next time.
- Money Can’t Buy Class
- Life Inside
- The Gift