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The third release by Blue Mountains/Sydney group The Undersided sees an evolution from the group’s punk roots. Drawing influence from the Stooges, Radio Birdman and the Rolling Stones, The Undersided avoid merely emulating their predecessors, instead taking elements of their influences and formulating a unique sound which contains all the hooks of pop music yet maintains the group’s raw and energetic edge.
The opening track, Wasted Here With You, is a somewhat dark, and densely layered recording, with haunting vocals and lyrical content which paints an image of a dystopian environment. This is complemented with rich guitar harmonies and a great groove, provided by the Guitar and Bass, which gives the track character. On the other side of the coin is second track Bermuda, a raw, straight ahead, Punk/Rock song which is filled with a series of nice guitar licks and an unrelenting momentum which explodes into a climactic frenzy of unrestrained guitar shredding.
The closing track, Take Me Tokyo, stands as a hard hitting rock piece with anthem like qualities. Opening with an encroaching, bone rattling drum beat, the track bursts alive with a series of soaring vocal harmonies and heavy guitar chords. The track proceeds to take the listener on a rollercoaster of pounding drum beats, dense bass lines, and an endless bounty of solid guitar riffs.
All in all, The Undersided have accomplished a cohesive yet diverse release and have taken a large step forward in terms of songwriting and technical merit. Fans of their earlier works might need to listen to this new recording a few times to really appreciate it but it’s well worth the effort.

-E. Byrnes-
- Stix Magazine


Discography

The Undersided - Demo/EP

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Bio

School friends Baz and Trix created The Undersided in 2001 in order to play the punk rock music they both loved. Classic punk covers and enthusiastic originals were a feature of The Undersided’s early shows, as was the high energy performance the boys honed in dimly lit venues across Sydney.
Several personnel changes occurred during 2003-04 as Baz and Trix sought to expand their music beyond punk’s limitations whilst still maintaining it’s passion. Drawing inspiration from the sounds of new wave bands such as Echo & The Bunnymen, Joy Division and XTC, whilst embracing the rich musical heritage of The Stooges, Radio Birdman and the New York Dolls, allowed the boys to develop a more expressive form of song-writing. Baz developed his sharp political lyrics of paranoia and self-deception, whilst Trix created a more surreal, narrative, style.
The Undersided began gigging this new material towards the end of 2004 when Baz and Trix were joined by Mitch and James. Mitch’s explosive drumming style, combined with the heavy groove of James’ bass guitar, has provided a solid foundation for the new songs to take shape.
The Undersided are preparing for a big year in 2006. Currently in pre-production for their debut album, the legendary Radio Birdman frontman, Rob Younger, has been confirmed as producer for the album, with recording due to start mid 2006. The current line-up is enjoying an increasing sense of momentum and has played many venues across Sydney including The Excelsior Hotel, The Cat & Fiddle, The Empire Hotel and The Hopetoun Hotel among others. The Undersided are also featured on the recently released Smashed Records compilation “Payola1” and have signed a licensing agreement with MTV.