Frenzal Rhomb have well and truly mastered the art of punk rock with their ninth studio album ‘Hi-Vis High Tea’. The band has somehow managed to cram 20 songs into a 30 minute album, each song packing its own punch. Hi-Vis High Tea is a concept album, with narratives scattered throughout the many songs.
It’s difficult to believe that more than half of the band was in hospital sometime prior to this immaculate record. Drummer Gordy has only recently got his cast off his broken arms, albeit the sounds on this album are stronger than ever. Songs such as ‘Waiting for the Postman’ continue the notion of comical situations in which this album was birthed.
‘School Reunion’, is a fast paced song with a repetitive chorus that is over before it even began, embodying the band’s latest album. The drums carry the humorous lyrics not only on this track, but the whole album. While it could be easy for songs to get lots in such a long track list, Frenzal Rhomb manage to make each song as engaging as the last. Frenzal Rhomb are on tour for this album and you can catch them in Bendigo at Music Man on the 27th of July.
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Reviewed by Chelsea King