Advance Review - Dune Rats: Hurry Up and Wait, (January 31, 2020) via Rise Records
Brisbane trio Dune Rats are back with their third album Hurry and Wait. What ensues is an album full of witty observational humor, draped in a punk aesthetic. Dune Rats' sound is very much steeped in punk history, especially the punk boom of the early 2000's. What they've created with Hurry and Wait is a bright energetic take on this sound that draws the listener with driving guitar, prominent bass lines, and dynamic vocal harmonies.
Some our favorite tracks from the album include "No Plans", the lead single of the album. "No Plans" is an anthem about the experiences of being in a band. The uber dynamic "Crazy" where listeners are treated to some great vocal harmonies and blistering melody that knocks you right out of your seat. Additionally, the band's track "Bad Habits" had us both lyrically and musically as it took a bit of a more laid-back approach. We would be remiss if we didn't mention "Stupid Is As Does" featuring K. Flay. Which features K. Flay sharing lead vocals and jumping in on the awesome harmonies Dune Rats produce.
Dune Rats are a band that compose melodies that make you want to dance (or mosh) and lyrics that are just begged to be screamed at the top of your lungs. Most of what stuck out to us on this album after hearing it was how much we'd love to see this band live. We feel they'd absolutely tear the house down. They are a band to keep your eye on as they've steadily been on the rise over the course of their career. We could see them being a major player at a future Riot Fest in Chicago one day.
Rating - 4/5