| It's hard to find the time to do everything these days, what with starting a part-time job, especially finding time to do something as time-consuming as DOTW. Hey! Idea! I'll put the proposed demo cd onto a cassette and listen and write about it on the train from home into work. So with one of the 50c tapes I got from my local Salvos this is exactly what I did. Taping over Pseudo Echo/George Thorogood (what a double!) I even tried to play the cassette at work in a dusty (definitely not trusty) boombox that usually pumps Gold 104 all day. I've never heard a duller sound - the cassette section must have never been cleaned. Gave up that idea. |
But I didn't give up on the band The Codebreakers. Fronted by Jim Kane and hailing from Melbourne, they are a four-piece band (guitar, drums, bass and keyboards). Straight away, they could only be made in Australia. 'Show Us The Money' starts in a very 80s way with that melodic bass and hi-hat/snare pattern. The verse vocals pan from left to right and reminded me of the Fauves. Even very early Spy v Spy, and I mean very early. The breakdown section with the chimes, whispery echoed vocals and marching drums was a nice touch, too.
'Little Bird' was the song that I found myself singing the following morning, which is always proof of a catchy song. Singer Jim has a destroy voice - laidback yet still quite a bit gruff. Very cool sounding. And what a great chorus: "Little bird fly back to me" he sings while a bank of yes more 80s keyboards plays behind him, despite being grounded in a NZ-strummed guitar and a killer tom-filled beat.
It's a brave band that puts Australian names in it and the Codebreakers must get some sort of medal for calling one of their songs 'Hello Australia'. The keyboards keep their presence at the fore on 'Mushroom Sally' with a variety of organ and synthesizer bursts plus some extended keyboard soloing taking us to the end of the song. 'Bonepickin'' has the obligatory distorted vocals ('spose that's not a bad thing to give it more variety).
'Watch It Slip Away' is a bit of a ballad and probably my favourite song here, with a sad, melancholic melody. All in all, there are nine songs on the Codebreakers demo and I enjoyed all of them.
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