sthelensA band that sounds like equal parts the Velvet Underground, early Sonic Youth and the Brian Jonestown Massacre? I’m in! Australian band St Helens’ new album pulls together a number of familiar influences into something that somehow gels into a dark, seductive but still strangely fun set of music. The general feel of the album, lyrics included, is jaded and somewhat sinister, an overall mood that’s tempered by a wit that makes itself known without being overbearing. Heavy Profession is a pretty cool, confident debut, not without its flaws or missteps, particularly in its second half, but it’s certainly a record full of promise and one that offers up a lot of pleasure in the present. Standout cuts: “Don’t Laugh,” “How To Choose Your Guru Pt 2,” “Coffin Scratch” and “Get Up.”

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