Over the last few years it’s been a pleasure to watch Perth-born bands Birds Of Tokyo and Karnivool rise into stardom, overcoming the odds and producing some incredible indie rock. With Mezzainine’s first LP, Strange Paradise, it is clear that these hometown heroes have a big future ahead of them, providing atmospheric indie rock that is incredibly easy to listen to.
Mannequin Man is the perfect example of how to effectively use song structures to build up choruses. Driven by strong rhythm guitar and eerie lead guitar, the track is highlighted by strong vocal melodies that remain powerful without coming across as in your face. The laid-back vibe continues in King Of The Ring and Mary, which showcase the band’s signature harmonies and ability to fill a song with subtle but crucial lead guitar. Young Love is another solid track that feels like a homage to classic Foo Fighters, which is impossible to complain about.
For a first LP, Mezzanine has produced one hell of an easy listening, indie rock record that is guaranteed to get them the attention they deserve.