This review originally appeared on Tonedeaf.com.au
Having released the rather well received Powernap cassette in 2013 and the even more impressive split 7” with Sydney’s Unity Floors last year, to say there is an air of anticipation surrounding the release of Melbourne’s Chook Race debut full length About Time, is something of an understatement.
The guitar pop trio – Carolyn Hawkins, Robert Remedios and Matthew Liveriadis – recorded About Time over the space of one weekend last month, with Tom Hardisty (Nun, Woolen Kits) at the desk. While it was mastered by the always dependable Mikey Young (Total Control, Eddie Current Suppression Ring), who seems to be the go to guy within the realms of the local independent scene.
About Time is an incredibly enchanting affair from start to finish, with the band’s ability to write exceedingly catchy power pop gems, such as; ‘Dentists’, ‘Figure It Out’ and ‘Everyday’, prevalent throughout.
With infectious harmonies on tracks ‘Time’, ‘(Just Can’t) Relax’ and ‘Tables Turned’, and the abundantly obvious jangly guitar influences of the Flying Nun brigade, it’s obvious that Chook Race have layed a fantastic, if at times whimsical foundation with About Time.