The Shorts – RINO – LP Review

The Australian alt-rock trio The Shorts released the LP – RINO on the 6th.

The Shorts - RINO - artwork

The Shorts – RINO – artwork

Opening the eight track album is Last Of The Gentlemen, which at just a shade over two and half minutes, sets the context of RINO, brief punchy numbers to rattle the rafters.

Next is the longest track on the LP, the three and a half minute You Don’t Get It, which with the off-beat slap bass couldn’t be anything other than my pick of the release.

Shelfstackers Inc finds The Shorts upping the tempo in a number that can’t help but find your feet joining in, along with air drum-kit.

Maintaining the same momentum Victoria Red manages to find the trio providing a song that has a completely different texture as bass and percussion once again work on the half-bar in a track well worth getting to know and with which to thrash around.

Spent opens the second half of RINO with blistering fusillade on the ears with distorted fuzz marking the main feature of the track. Whilst everything on the album should be played loudly, to not to try and find a few more decibels on this one would be a criminal waste of speaker wattage, not to forget painful timpani. Play it more than once is my advice.

Cheering Me On allows the percussion to hammer its way through the room, if you have loose teeth – perhaps best to get them sorted first, or expect to be picking them up off the floor.

The title track RINO explains the artwork accompanying the release and it is an absolute gem that will have you scanning the horizon for the posse which must be in pursuit.

Closing out the the LP is No Thanks, which will have you swaying in time and as it is a tempo shifting piece, do expect to play catch-up.

The Shorts are experts in ‘less in more’ as despite there being eight tracks, on RINO, it lasts less than twenty minutes and I find myself already wanting to hear their next LP, though will be happy to play this on repeat until such time.

RINO is available on bandcamp.

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The Shorts

From Ballarat in Australia emerge Brodie Glen (Drums / Vocals), Simon (Bass / Vocals) and Danny (Guitar / Vocals) who form the alt-rock band The Shorts.

The Shorts - alt-rock from Australia

The Shorts – alt-rock from Australia

Crank-up the volume, nudge the speakers louder and hit play and The Shorts will make the day seem far better than it did before. There is a burrowing rumble that furrows its way through the speakers as the trio deliver well constructed pieces of music, where bridges sit in natural harmony and spacing.

Frenetic percussion provides The Shorts with the time to extrapolate the concepts in the stringed instruments and any time they stray, a swift bass kick-drum ushers everything back in to line. A snappy four-string skips across the room, frequently on off-beat giving the sound a spring to step, whilst guitar is permitted moments off leash to create the counterpoint to which the lyric expresses a contemptive narrative, delivered in appropriately dismissive scorn.

There is much to enjoy here and word arrives of a further EP – Tankerville – set to be unfurled in June.

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