The Upshot: Jangly guitars and memorable pop hooks from the Australian band will cure that power pop fatigue that’s been ailin’ ya.
BY MICHAEL TOLAND
The Stoneage Hearts have always had a membership in flux. Drummer Mick Baty (who also owns Off the Hip) has an open door policy to Australia’s power pop and garage rock cognescenti, with the lineup boasting the legendary Dom Mariani at one point. There’s no one in the band with a name as recognizable as Mariani’s on Hung Up (On You), the band’s third album and first since 2004. But that doesn’t mean there’s a lack of talent.
Baty, guitarist Simon Kay, bassist Dave (Spud) Hine and singer/guitarist Tony Dyer are unabashed fans of the essential rock & roll components – three chords, pop hooks, girls – and handle them with easy care. You know what to expect here: guitar pop songs that rock (“First Kiss,” “Menai Hotel,” “Is She?”), jangle (“I Couldn’t Change,” “I Thought That Time”) and roll (“Motor Away,” “Sky High Heels”), recorded as simply as possible and performed with maximum enthusiasm. Australians still play this stuff like it’s brand new, so even those suffering from power pop fatigue may find themselves smiling and nodding along to Hung Up (On You).
DOWNLOAD: “Is She?,” “I Couldn’t Change,” “Sky High Heels”