Eat Your Heart Out are an alternative punk band, made up of 5 members, with Caitlin Henry on vocals. This is the debut album of the Newcastle based band and it is comprised of 11 tracks, running for 37 minutes.
“Carousel” begins the banquet with an instrumental opening that conjures images of a carousel. This steps into a groovy heavy rock rhythm and it shares with the listener the ingredients of the meal to follow – clever writing, clear vocals, interwoven guitar riffs and excellent drumming. It’s a song about self-doubt, which will quickly forge a bond with most listeners.
“Spinning” is a lighter track and it is really catchy. I enjoyed the occasional pauses in the music, as it kept me focussed on the music. The use of harmony was very clever. “Daydream” follows, another catchy track that had me humming at first listen.
“Heavy with Envy” begins with guitars slapping you around a bit. It has a different sound to what you hear up until this point – but I was ready for that. The track speaks of needing to be satisfied with what you have and the effects of envy.
“Constellation” is about self-belief and understanding that you have the power in your hands. It has a grunge feel and features some really cogent drumming. The ending is particularly powerful – driving drums with guitars melting all over them.
“Closer to the Sun” has a really intriguing opening that made me sit up with its opening riff. It is the song that we all love to sing, about overcoming the narrow minded and that we won’t be beaten. The vocal range on show here was impressive.
“Blinded” bursts forth with a spicy opening and features more terrific drumming and guitar interludes. It speaks of many tangled webs and rings out at the end with distortion, morphing into the next track, “Same Stars”, a poignant song about separated love.
“Nowhere” has an entrée of distorted guitar, that is soon enriched by a melded riff. Clever drumming again serves as the perfect accompaniment. “Pear Tree” strips things back, with few instruments and no distortion – just a great voice and an acoustic guitar as the centrepieces. The harmonies again season the song. It’s a tale of lost love and of fading memories. “Cold Hands” serves as dessert, with a return to the style used throughout the album. It finishes the record on a high.
Australia has a wealth of talent and style. It resonates with us as we are a product of similar circumstances. This band has written about self-doubt, love, loss and keeping strong. It’s fresh and clever. I enjoyed the drumming, the vocals, the harmonies and the interwoven guitars.
I have dined on the offerings of some really heavy bands of late and wondered how I would engage with this album. I was really surprised that it refreshed my palate, without putting me into a diabetic coma. It left me hungry for more.
Review by Greg Noble