Boat Show’s “Unbelievable” Album Review

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Boat Show’s “Unbelievable” Album Review

Ryan Ausden, Journalist

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Boat Show’s second album screams about stereotypes and representations of Perth millennials.

Local Perth indie punk rock band Boat Show has exploded onto the pop-punk scene, not only in Perth but around the country, providing listeners with a unique view point of what it’s like being a young adult in Perth.

The band is a carefree group of friends, who present thrilling live performances and a lot of energy in their music. In an interview with The West Australian lead singer Ali Flintoff, described her band as one that sings “lyrics about the scum of the earth,” which gives you an indicator about their style.

The bands’ second album, Unbelievable, was released in February this year and is full of both strong vocal performances from singer Flintoff, as well as amazing backup from the rest of the band. The album delivers an impactful performance, which has left me listening to it multiple times.

The album begins with one of the most amusing and relatable songs, in my opinion, The Big Smoke, which speaks about the obsession that people from Perth have with moving to a bigger and better city, such as Melbourne. Lyrics such as “All my friends are moving to Melbourne because they wish that they were dead” and “They’ll be back in two weeks time” are repeated throughout the song to reinforce the message of how often they hear it from people.

One of the more serious songs on the album is Argue, which focuses on the issues surrounding feminism and being a “leftie”, a topic that’s an increasingly relevant issue to their demographic. The phrase “You argue with every little thing I say” highlights the  issues that some of the members of the band may have experienced when speaking on their experiences as feminists. This is then reinforced with the use of the term “Feminazi” which pops up multiple times in the song.

Flintoff often sings with a stoic whiney punk rock styled voice that you could find in any American or even Australian band. However, that isn’t discrediting her or the band, in-fact it adds to the performance, as the chaotic combination of the drums, bass and guitar, as well as Flintoff’s vocals are what makes Boat Show sound so great.

Unbelievable shows a great deal of progression from their first album Groundbreaking Masterpiece, presenting us with a much stronger vocal performance, that isn’t just a loud and distorted sounding voice, as heard in their first album.

Overall Unbelievable sounds a lot more refined and more well produced than Groundbreaking Masterpiece, which makes the album much more entertaining to listen to, and indicates a positive form of maturity within the bands’ style.

The band is currently touring the country playing sold out shows. If you’re reading in Sydney or Brisbane you can catch their shows on March 16 and 18.

I highly recommend listening to Boat Show’s new album, especially if you’re a punk rock fan and want to support local Perth bands. Check it out on Bandcamp here.

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