Share TEEN ARCHER - Teen Archer 10" (EXO Records)
"I am your Casanova/I am your four leaf clover," Teen Archer kick off on "Teenage Casanova", their debut. And it's a 10-inch. I don't like them. 10 inches that is. I really don't. Even if "Fun House" had come out on 10 inches, I'd have hated it. I simply loathe the format that's not a single, not a LP but something stranded in-between. Saying all of that there is some great music on this format ("Slates" by The Fall and some Country Teasers.) Enough of the format, what about what really matters - like the tunes, which are the meat and the potatoes.

Live, these Melbourne guys been wrecking mixing boards on a scarily regular basis, with some pretty damn incendiary shows in their own right and scoring some great supports (like Dinosaur Jr) and ironically/arguably beating most headliners at their own game. See, for those who remember grunge the first time round, when Mudhoney and Dino Jr ruled the roost , it was all about The Dirge, man. The Archers, pretty much knowingly or not, drag that style to its logical conclusion, stumble on a few tricks themselves, throw in some mustard via sax blowouts, and come on somewhat "Fun House" by the way.

My fave track on this would be "Golden Years", a song that cranks along on some wired leads and a souped-up " Train Kept a'rollin'" chug, probably tickling my fancies cause it's (at least to my frazzled brain anyways) like prime Mudhoney on 45. We all have our weaknesses. If you came looking for some Blue Oyster Cult influences, I can't spot 'em, nor any Birdman, just some sharp metallic clang that harks back to late '80s Geelong noiseniks, and their associates.

On the flip of this 10-inch, you get some more mid-paced stompers, with a great blown-out sax climax on "Out Of The Jungle". The Archers' success lies in their insistence on surge, repetition and noise. If that's your bag (and it is mine) then get em while they're hot. Now, if only this was a double seven-inch. - Thomas G

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