‘Wrong Side of Town’: A joyous punk-rock affair from Anti Fade’s new sensations The Prize

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‘Wrong Side of Town’: A joyous punk-rock affair from Anti Fade’s new sensations The Prize

Words by Alex Callan

Comprising members from Bendigo, Castlemaine and Geelong, The Prize have released their debut EP 'Wrong Side of Town' via Anti Fade Records.

Considering their short tenure as a band, five-piece The Prize have been turning heads amongst the gig crowd, with the Melbourne-based rockers having already been selected to support The Chats on their upcoming Aussie run.

Upon listening to their debut EP ‘Wrong Side Of Town’, it’s evident why.

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Not only is their first effort a joyous punk-rock affair, but it’s also dosed with a flair of 70’s rock acts, making the group’s debut a breath of fresh air and a healthy dose of nostalgia all at once.

Kicking things off with catchy singalongs and a vibrant punk riff that channels the classic bounce of French punk act Plastic Bertrand’s ‘Ca Plane Pour Moi’ is the upbeat ‘Wrong Side of Town’, a track that is guaranteed to receive solid airplay.

‘Easy Way Out’ drips with rock’n’roll swagger, with its intricate guitar solo being the perfect addition of flashiness behind the punky drone of drummer/singer Nadine Muller’s vocals. ‘Fighting My Way Back’ makes for an impressive cover, with the group taking on the 1979 classic by The Incredible Kidda Band, adding a level of grunt and bravado to the song’s chugging riffs.

Whilst it’s evident that ‘Wrong Side Of Town’ is an initial blueprint of what’s to come for The Prize, it’s a pretty exciting indication that they are one to keep an eye on.

You can listen to the debut EP by the Prize on Spotify before you catch their headline gig at the Curtin next month.