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Review - The Belligerents

Pepper - September 17

Don’t judge an album by the band’s title because The Belligerents are anything but belligerent.
Sure, the Brisbane band know how to rock, but their first full-length album, Science Fiction, is more concerned with good-time party vibrations than aggressive beats.
Consider it a celebration.
It’s only taken the boys six years and three EPs to release their debut album, so what better way to party with 11 tracks of groovy dance-rock, volcanic choruses and boundless energy of psychedelic bliss?
There’s little time for anguish or self-reflection as an exhilarating raw energy takes over heady lyrical explorations.
We first discovered The Belligerents in 2012 when the boys won Triple J’s Unearthed and scored themselves a career-shooting spot to play at Parklife in Brisbane.
Since then, the band have had a slight reinvention musically.
Originally a dance-rock band rich in inspirations from The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, The Belligerents have merged into a funkier space producing quicker tempos at the trippier end of the sonic spectrum.
And it’s worked.
Their debut album is finally here and it’s everything you’d want from the dance-psych-rock band with a few stylistic veers left and right of centre.
It’s ambitious yet polished and we’ve already added Science Fiction to the Saturday night playlist.