Share WE GOT ALL THINGS THAT ARE GOOD - Sole Stickers (Off The Hip)
Launceston is a city with a history. In a pub on the fringes of the city, John Batman and William Faulkner plotted a political and financial path that would culminate in an unscrupulous deal with the local indigenous population for the acquisition of fertile lands for a few shiny balls and a magic numbers machine. A couple of hundred years later, and Launceston offered the Australian nation two of its most legendary sportsmen: David Boon and the champion woodchopper, Big Dave Foster.

What do those characters have in common with Sole Stickers? Absolutely nothing, save for a common geographical link. Sole Stickers grew from the ashes of guitarist and vocalist James Dilger's previous band, The Reactions. Whereas The Reactions wigged out on a diet of garage and psychedelia, Sole Stickers sits squarely in power pop territory.

Co-produced by Jon Auer from The Posies, "We Got All Things That Are Good" is replete with things that are good. "Sometimes I Just Don't Know" packs a powerful pop punch while lamenting the limitations of life in a small town; on The Stems-ish "What She Did Find" and the meat-and-three veg early Gurus "That Girls's Not Real" Sole Stickers indulge the age-old rock'n'roll lyrical recipe of girls and teen angst.

"Where Do You Get Your Wardrobe" trades power for elegance and is as endearing as a bloke in a country pub with a suitcase full of tall stories; "Sludge" is a radical contrast, the combination of the heavy power chords and an academic treatise as far from the power pop mould as bean sprouts from David Boon's diet.

"You Look Like Someone Told You To Smile" is back in the glorious world of The Raspberries and Big Star, as happy as a pig taking a Sunday bath in a sty full of pungent excrement. Speaking of shit-eating grins, you'll be wearing one after the bubblegum pop brilliance of "Let's Go Play Records", and positively bouncing down the streets after the Saturday morning cartoon excitement of "Nobody Cares What You've Got to Say".

Things wrap up with the rueful, and decidedly tongue-in-cheek, country rock lament on a fame that might have been, but was never going to be, "Country Ballad #8". As the song says, Sole Stickers won't ever be the best band in the world – but they'll give it their best shot. - Patrick Emery


 

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