Australia - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 3 - 01/23/97
You Me Carpark... Now
Half A Cow (PO Box 1100 Strawberry Hills, NSW 2012, AU)
Brilliant album title, heralding forty minutes of laudable indie rock.
There is a certain attraction to local bands, in that they are more
reachable, more accessible, there is already something established that
says "we have things in common" even if it's just the city we live in.
It is perhaps a paradox of entertainment that in listening to music, we
want to recognise in the tunes a little bit about ourselves and our
lives, seeking to relate to it in some way, yet at the same time craving
something different, something unfamiliar and new. For me local bands
like Smudge, You Am I, and Custard hold this strange fascination, an
idea of community brought about not by patriotism, but possibly
voyeurism - an interest in seeing how others perceive the environment we
But I digress. Recorded in two weeks by the Sydney three piece, this
album has some punchy packaging and a cute title to boot. Muddied
guitars, whimsical melodies, and some very accessible girl-next-door
vocals from drummer Alison Galloway make for a well-rounded package.
It's comforting in a suburban kind of way. A touchable, reachable sound,
yet discordant enough not to be mainstream. Which is not to say that it
is mind-blowing, but it certainly has its moments. Want song titles?
Need Lighten Up Hank (a poke at Rollins), Buddy Love, and Skateboard
Trickery. They have the best melodies, but like the rest of the album
bear no big surprises, no big impressions. Regardless, You Me
Carpark... Now is an above-average release from an above-average band.
Copyright © 1997 Eugene Chew