Review by Meg Tucker
West Thebarton Brothel Party formed together at local live gigs of their respective bands. Josh Battersby (guitar), Brian Bolado (percussion), Al Christophel (drums), Ray Dalfsen (vocals, guitar), Tom Gordon (guitar), Josh Healey (guitar) and Nick Horvat (bass) make the huge 7 piece.
With members from Bakehouse favourites Archers, Tea and Horror My Friend, WTBP are like an elite musical force. It was evident through their early releases that they were no novices to the music industry. The group have quickly climbed up to the top of the local scene and have supported big names like Courtney Barnett, Wavves, Cloud Nothings. Their freshly dropped debut self titled EP was worth the wait.
Collectively in their lair around the sticks of Thebarton, they are conjuring catchy tunes with garage pop punk vibes. The new 6 track EP is a a roller coaster in all the best ways. From fast paced heart racing track Touchy Feely to the big belted out choruses of Glenn McGrath its the perfect mix. Nothing feels too overbearing which is no mean feat when trying to incorporate 7 members.
It’s the type of music that is just made for a live show, its perfect to dance the night away to on a Saturday night. Misophonia will no doubt be a crowd pleaser. It has already had air play on Triple J and after hearing it I always find myself humming the chorus hours later.
The thing that blows me away besides the catchy choruses and the layers of skilled guitar rifts, is the full sound of the band. It’s punchy loud and well executed, a bold beginning from a mega band who will no doubt make SA proud.
You can catch the crew play their big sounds live at Jive for their EP Launch on Aug 22. Tickets available via moshtix. Until then check out their EP.