CDs SENT TO HALF A COW

October 2005

The Codebreakers

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.

codebreakin@hotmail.com
Jim Kane 0400 525 347

other demos...
THE SOLOMONS - October 2009
DAVE SEASIDE - October 2009
AFXJIM - October 2009
THE MAGUS - September 2009
THE REFLECTORS - September 2009
HARVEY SWAGGER BAND - August 2009
BAMBINO KORESH - August 2009
KATE RAE - August 2009
UNTHINKABLES - July 2009
CABARET CALLADO - June 2009
THE SAGE EVOLUTION - April 2009
CAPITAL - March 2009
LINE DRAWINGS - March 2009
THE LIGHT BRIGADE - February 2009
GROTS VEGAS - February 2009
THE CHELSEA DRUGSTORE - February 2009
LIONEL LEE - January 2009
MAGIC ROB - December 2008
PETER STEIN - November 2008
LARMO CUSACK - November 2008
PAUL DAVIES - November 2008
PORTAL WINDOW - November 2008
THE ISLE OF MAN - October 2008
NELL WEBBER - October 2008
THE CHARLES MANSON EXPERIMENT - October 2008
THE BATASCOUTS - September 2008
KENT EASTWOOD - September 2008
LOLA FLASH - August 2008
BENJAMIN SHAW - August 2008
BAMBINO KORESH - July 2008
THE LEED FIENDS - July 2008
THE WELLS - June 2008
KATE BRADLEY & the Goodbye Horses - June 2008
WE GROW UP - May 2008
THE LOVE EXPLOSION - December 2007
LINDSAY PHILLIPS - November 2007
It’s a tie! IGOR ALEINIK + MAXIM BATOV - October 2007
RYAN STERLING - September 2007
EVA POPOV - August 2007
TEMPO DE NAUGHTY - June 2007
CLAUDIA WOODS - April 2007
ARON ATTWOOD - March 2007
THE SIESTAS - February 2007
IVONA - January 2007
THE STICKS - December 2006
ELLE SKIES - November 2006
THE FLYING COLOURS - November 2006
ARTICHOKE HEART SOUFFLÉ - September 2006
ANDREW KEESE & THE ASSOCIATES - July 2006
LUCY LEHMANN - May 2006
LUKE RUSSELL - April 2006
Where Are They Now? - April 2006
RUNNING WITH HORSES - March 2006
WINDOW - January 2006
PIP SMITH AND RED STAR - January 2006
PAPER PLANES - December 2005
SHOOT THE GENIE - November 2005
The Magus - November 2005
The Codebreakers - October 2005
Khancoban - September 2005
Stuart McGuane - August 2005
She'll 'B' Apples - July 2005
The Wellingtons - July 2005
Sugarhit - July 2005
The New Black - June 2005
BeOmega - June 2005
Old Nick - May 2005
The Triangles - May 2005
Jon Duncan - December 2004
The Honeyriders - December 2004
Larry Parkinson - December 2004
Stress Of Leisure - December 2004
The Cliffy Davis Goodtime Band - November 2004
it's a tie! Lyceum and Wade Jackson - November 2004
Arty Del Rio - November 2004
Amundsens Flag - November 2004
Mark Taylor - September 2004
Remington super 60 - July 2004
the MP3's - July 2004
Cycle Of Fifths - July 2004
Follow The Vann - June 2004
The Avenues - June 2004
Wons Phreely - June 2004
Halfway - June 2004
The Jennys - May 2004
Diana - May 2004
Wont - May 2004

 

 

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