Mary Jane Kelly – Like There’s No Tomorrow


Album

Like There's No Tomorrow

Label

Trial And Error Records

Year

2010

Genre

For Fans Of

Every Time I Die – Shai Hulud – A Wilhelm Scream

Summary

An early contender for the Australian album of the year.

Rating

96 / 100

Wollongong doesn’t have a lot going for it to be honest, but the one thing they do have going their way at the moment is Mary Jane Kelly. After touring fairly constantly after the release of their debut EP, “Our Streets Turn White”, the band headed into their mate’s garage in Wollongong to record their debut album “Like There’s No Tomorrow”.

The album’s opening track “Pigs Of Gluttony” is a perfect example of what you can expect during the album. The song shows of the band’s technical chops with some fast technical guitar work over the top of front man Justin Bortignon’s distinctive vocals. “Wallflowers” starts off with a bit more of a relaxed opening, before kicking into the song’s frantic pace. The second half of the song is quite impressive, and while it might not be one of the most technical parts of the album, it is still memorable enough. “Hell In Gold Leaf Palaces” was the first song released from the album, and it is one of the stronger tracks on the album. Lyrically this song is great. It’s obvious that Bortignon puts a lot of thought into the lyrics, which makes them stand out from a lot of other bands.

The following track “The Imprecision Of My Dimensions” features some of the more technical guitar parts on the album, some of the reminding me of the likes of Shai Hulud. The song’s clean singing part is catchy as hell, the vocals remind me of Patrick Stump’s voice, and I have actually had mistaken this part for a Fall Out Boy song numerous times when I first heard it. “Broken Hips, Burnt Cigars” is one of the most fast paced songs on the album, and Bortignon’s vocals are relentless. “With A Bang To Mute Our Whimpers”, “Filthy Lucre” and “If God Were Here...” are all great examples of how much the band’s songwriting has improved since the release of their EP.

The album’s stand out track “Weak, Corrupt, Worthless & Restless” contains what could possibly be known from now on as “the riff”. I remember being blown away by this track when I saw the band play it live, and I was even more impressed when I finally heard it recorded. Sections of this song wouldn’t sound out of place on an Every Time I Die record. The albums final track “It’s Just The Abyss” closes out the album perfectly. The song sums up the album, showcasing the band’s songwriting ability.

Conclusion

The album is pretty much flawless start to finish. It is good enough to put Mary Jane Kelly at the top of the Australian hardcore pack, but only time will tell whether or not this happens. Make sure you catch the band at any of their upcoming shows if you get the chance.

Tracklisting

1. Intro
2. Pigs Of Gluttony
3. Wallflowers
4. Hell In Gold Leaf Palaces
5. The Imprecision Of My Dimensions
6. Broken Hips, Burnt Cigars
7. With A Bang To Mute Our Whimpers
8. Filthy Lucre
9. If God Were Here…
10. Weak, Corrupt, Worthless & Restless
11. It’s Just The Abyss

10 Responses to “Mary Jane Kelly – Like There’s No Tomorrow”

  1. Ozone backsideslappy

    Massive ETID sound at parts of this record. Great album, 96 seems a bit high though (though if you count in the review the free shirt it came with then it’s probably up there)

  2. josh238

    @Xjan! (6): yeah, i sort of agree. was disappointed when they didnt have the groovy sorta stuff from the EP, but a few spins of this and it really starts to grow on you

  3. Xjan!

    Yeah, ive had it playing in my car since last sunday. It is good, but personally I think they could have come up with something as good as the eps and keeping to the original sound they had, rather than an album that sounds really similar to etid.

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