The Broderick – Illusion Over Despair


Artist

Album

Illusion Over Despair

Label

Washed Up Records

Year

2008

For Fans Of

Misery Signals – Shai Hulud – Poison The Well

Summary

Intense debut from this Melbourne outfit…

Rating

82 / 100
It’s taken me a while to get
The Broderick. I’d seen the band live, I enjoyed their demo and was
excited by the fact that yet another heavy band from Melbourne was doing
something a little left of centre… but for some reason something didn’t
quite click for me, 

All that changed a week ago when
I saw The Broderick impress many a punter at Melbourne’s infamous
Arthouse… I finally got it. The band’s live performance was intense,
the riffs were choppy but somehow held my attention and the erratic
drumming managed to keep the whole thing together. Although Illusion
Over Despair doesn’t quite match The Broderick’s live energy it
is a fantastic debut, one that showcases a band with a limitless potential.  

The EP’s title track is the
perfect indication to what the Broderick’s sound is all about, the
melody laced guitar parts working in conjunction with a chaotic drum
assault, one that still manages to inject some groove and drive into
an already impressive song. 

“Courage As A Prison” shows
The Broderick at their most complex, the four minute tune twisting and
turning its way through a series of time signatures and constantly changing
guitar parts, while “Speaking With Spares” remind me of Poison the
Well’s most recent masterpiece. 

Apart from its awesome song name,
“Love… It’s A Motherfucker…” uses its mosh friendly beats
to devastating effect as The Broderick have managed to pen a tune which
is not only heavy but incredibly catchy at the same time. While the
comparisons to Misery Signals are going to be inevitable “Guilty Feet
Ain’t Got No Rhythm” is more than a cheap imitation as the song’s
creative guitar work and unique vocal patterns give it an edge that
a lot of other heavy bands would kill for. Bringing up the tail is “Letting
People Down”, the most balls to the wall and straightforward song
on this release, which is certainly not a bad thing. 

Conclusion

Keep an eye on this band over
the next twelve months as big things are on the horizon. 

Tracklisting

  1. Illusion Over Despair
  2. Courage As A Prison
  3. Speaking With Stares
  4. Love… It’s A Motherfucker,
    eh?
  5. Guilty Feet Ain’t
    Got No Rhythm
  6. Letting People Down
    And Hold

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