Australian punk rock icon and founding member of seminal acts like The Saints and Laughing Clowns, Ed Kuepper has been creating some of the most prolific rock music since the 70’s. The Aints was established as a spin off and has been recapturing the energy of the Saints since the 90’s.
Now, Kuepper and his band are releasing their latest studio album and LP, ‘The Church of Simultaneous Existence’, made entirely of lost songs from 73 – 78 and it rocks!
The 12 track album opens with ‘Red Aces’, delving straight into horn-driven, fast paced rock, reviving sounds classic to the Saints. The second, and title track, encompasses Kuepper’s dark vocals, on-top of strong bass riffs – a perfect introduction to a true punk rock album which will have you thrusting your head back and forth. ‘You’ve Got The Answer’, the fourth track on the album, introduced keys, making for a busy compilation of sound that really works in some strange way.
As the album proceeds, a great deal of variation is showcased, from strong, adrenaline fuelled tracks, like ‘Elevator’ and ‘S-O-S ‘75′ to slower, darker tracks, like ‘Demo Girl Part 2′ – highlighting the different eras such tracks have been pulled from. Wrapping up is ‘The Rise and Falls of James Hoopnoch Eifel’, one of the shorter tracks, entailing upbeat and almost humorous tones – a perfect goodbye to listeners.
The Church of Simultaneous existence really shows that the old school punks haven’t lost their touch in the slightest – in fact, this might just be one of my favourite yet. I’ll definitely be playing this one to death.
Reviewed by Aine Keogh