[ALBUM REVIEW] Osaka Punch: Death Monster Super Squad

Osaka Punch – Death Monster Super Squad
Birds Robe Records
Release Date: September 16th, 2016
Reviewed By: Rod Whitfield

Australian alternative and progressive rock has thrown myriad stupendous musical ensembles into the ring over the last 15-20 years, luminaries such as Cog, Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus, The Butterfly Effect, Caligula’s Horse and so on and so forth ad-nauseum. Our nation seems to breed world class progressive heavy rock bands effortlessly, and like rabbits. That scene also throws a few quirky musical curve balls at we, the lucky listener, as well. Such as Melbourne’s magical Twelve Foot Ninja, and these guys, Brissie four-piece Osaka Punch.
Death Monster Super Squad is a seven track mini-album, shall we call it? Whatever the case, it’s a trip, and a trip into musical left field. It’s also a fuck-ton of fun.
Similar, although by no means the same as, to the aforementioned Ninja crew, Osaka Punch take that distinctively Aussie alt-rock sound, and inject it with all manner of idiosyncratic musical delights, many of which you may not expect.
Such as the old-school, James Brown inspired and brass-laden funk of opener Eat You Up, which grooves it up like nothing else you will hear before smacking you right between the eyes for a rocked-up chorus. Or Served With Mustard, which resembles the band Madness with a rocket rammed up its arse. Or the industrial beat, gang vocals and jazz keys of Stonk. Or Mankiller, which comes across like a slightly more funky, up-tempo version of lounge and acid jazz. If that’s even possible? Somehow they make it work. Or the slippery, slithery, snaky In or Out.
Yep, these guys throw a shitload of styles and feels at the wall, and virtually all of it sticks like super-glue.
Death Monster Super Squad is just so cool, cooler than the coolest thing you can think of. When you’re done reading this review, jump instantly over to Bandcamp and damn well buy it. You can thank me later.

Written by Rod Whitfield

Rod Whitfield is a veteran in music writing, having started way back in 1995 for Forte magazine in Geelong. He has since been chief rock and metal writer for Buzz Magazine and written for Beat Magazine, The Metal Forge, Mixdown, Reverb Magazine and many others, and he brings a wealth of music knowledge and experience to the pages of Heavy Mag. A former musician himself, he wrote his memoirs on his life and times in Rock n’ Roll, and currently has a number of other writing projects on the go, including his first two novels.

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