Okay, this review’s gonna be short but sweet. My hard-workin’ editor’s gonna love me for it.
Do you remember the late 80s/early 90s? Melbourne, Victoria’s The Demon Parade certainly appear to. Think Jesus And Mary Chain and all other manner of “shoegaze” era acts, throw in a little space-rock era Pink Floyd, and you’ve already got a pretty fair grip on what these boys are all about. Take into account the fact that they recently supported The Brian Jonestown Massacre on tour, and you’ll now have most of the pieces to the puzzle well in hand. These lads ain’t doin’ nothin’ that ain’t been done before, but damn, they certainly do it well…and are we seriously supposed to believe that the frontman Michael Badger also produced, recorded and mixed the bloody thing himself? Clever bastard.
God Said It’s Legal takes us on a familiar journey to be sure, but an engaging and well-executed one just the same. If “psychedelic”, guitar-heavy music with lots of trippy effects and generous layers of reverb siphoned through a keen indie-pop sensibility is your thang, then suffice it to say you’re probably gonna dig this one. I look forward to seein’ ’em live. Groovy.
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