2 Track, 7inch (2010, R.I.P. Society)
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Related: Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Dick Diver, Boomgates.
Of the talent-stacked opening acts at the Super Wild Horses album launch a few weeks ago, the debut performance of one band caught the eye – and for good reason. Boomgates – made up of members of Dick Diver, Trial Kennedy, Teen Archer, Eddy Current Suppression Ring and The Twerps – could be as close to a bona fide Melbourne indie supergroup as you’re likely to find [ed. poor Ooga Boogas]. Regardless, there was something definitely special in Boomgates’ loose, infectious and imperfect set that night.
This two-track single is the band's debut recording, and like their solitary live appearance, it captures the early stages of a scrappy pop band enjoying themselves. The distinct broad vocals of Eddy Current Suppression Ring's Brendan Huntley opens 'Bright Idea'. His trademark, clipped delivery talks of “artificial intelligence” before Dick Diver's Steph Hughes comes in with some sweet “whoa woo” harmonies.
It’s nice to hear the band – Hughes and Gus Lord on guitars, Rick Milovanovic (bass) and Shaun Gionis (drums) – play with such a relaxed self assuredness. However, after listening to the recording a few times, it sounds like they probably could’ve used a few more practices. Then again, such a ramshackle delivery adds to the song’s charm.
The first jangly 20 seconds of the B-side 'Cameo' sounds as if it's been lifted straight from the Lemonhead's 'Into Your Arms' before Hughes’ vocals come in and I'm left trying to place the Go-Betweens song it reminds me of. One of McLennan's no doubt. Huntley then goes into a kind of stream-of-conscious rant about a dream that involves milkshakes and white Ferraris.
In keeping with the almost chanted mantra at the end of 'Bright Idea', “For your information this is all you need to know”, this review can be summarised as: "Boomgates. Awesome band with the potential of becoming more awesome."
by Tim Scott