The Once Overs
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The Once Overs

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia | SELF

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia | SELF
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Wow! Far too often in one’s role as niche punk guy, a reviewer will work his way through his pile of CDs, composing interesting things to say about records which sound much the same as other records that have been recorded before by far more talented bands. Not so in this case!

Not to suggest that The Once Overs aren’t derivative of The Cramps, because they definitely have that element; but the truly demented vocals of Sammy Allen, combined with the clean Sonics-ish, surf-informed guitar of Nick Noodle leap all over the stereo like the soundtrack to drinking vodka and orange on a bouncy castle.

Yep, despite the deceptively-bland band name, this bunch of Melbournites take all the best parts of proto-punk and the most interesting elements of punk rock and mash ‘em together. It’s a crazy surf/horror/jungle adventure. Little wonder they’ve wowed the likes of Wally Kempton (Even, The Meanies) and played a bunch of kick-arse shows in less than a year of existence.

Production wise, this sounds like a debut EP - there’s a certain minimalist element to it - but as far as songwriting and pure energy goes, it’s a kick-arse collection of battered gems.

Can’t wait to hear more! - Xpress Mag- Ben Watson


6 Track EP Release- Self Titled. 2009. Available on iTunes
Single Release- "Gravity". 2011- Available on Bandcamp



Like Joy Division’s tour bus smashed into Iggy and the Stooges beat up muscle car and they all decided to charter a crop duster to fly themselves to Hawaii where they partied until someone screamed themselevs inside out. The Once Overs harness the best parts of garage punk, 60’s beach party surf music and horse rock that chase your lover all over town in a hotted up car that has to be seen to be believed.