Album Review: Udays Tiger, Dead Attention

Noise rock: An alternative, distorted, experimental style of music that your parents probably won’t like. One which Wikipedia — that great global bastion of truth and accuracy — describes as disregarding tonality and song writing conventions.Udays Tiger, the SYN approved artist for June, have an anxious, post-punk sound that falls under the bracket of this new-age genre, and the Melbourne duo also aren’t afraid to play with dissonance on their latest release Dead Attention. The intro to “Mean”, for example, involves a delay-driven two-note guitar riff played in one key, while a swirling chord crescendos below it in a different one.Nathan Morris’ raw, live-sounding drum kit and Devin de Araujo’s boisterous, slightly out-of-tune guitar and vocals persist over the seven tracks, coming to a head on “Temptress” and  “Panic”, the latter of which frantically lurches between Iggy and the Stooges-style punk-rock and heaving guitar noise a la Wolfmother’s first album, all in under two minutes.The Tiger’s sound is less harsh — though no less mainstream — on both the title track and “Summertime Hit”, which is arguably the most listenable song on “Dead Attention” and reminiscent of Nirvana’s “About a Girl”.Interestingly, Nirvana also played an alternative, distorted sub-genre of rock music, for which the band probably wouldn’t have received any mainstream recognition were it not for the lucky accident of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” becoming a mega-hit. It would take an equally lucky accident for Udays Tiger to receive any commercial airtime given the prejudice towards the genre (see first paragraph), and the absence of any track on Dead Attention with mega-hit potential makes it all but impossible for the album to have any impact beyond the local alternative scene.by Alexander Darling

July 2nd 2013
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