With nods to The Cure, Sonic Youth, Cloud Nothings and Swervedriver, Dead Rituals sounds familiar, comfortable and nostalgic without being a copy-cat band, yet they also add their own slice of sound.
A ten-piece tale touching on political and social affairs including violence against women, historical tellings of Western Australian warrior, Yagan, and a narrative of the life of Dylan Voller, and intertwining personal anecdotes.
Fans of Tame Impala will like this, while influences such as the Steve Miller Band and Carly Simon can be heard throughout.
Dropping the theatrical elements that surround his sisters’ sound and visuals and his former releases, O’Connell instead capitalises on the ballad driven basics and sleeve wearing heartbeats of his songwriting.
Kasey Chambers’ unmistakable country twang rang out beautifully across Geelong’s Costa Hall, where a sold-out audience was treated to the 20th-anniversary celebration of her award-winning album Captain.