AXE GIRL Debut Album Review + Launch Photo Gallery with Hey Lady!. Mojos Bar, Fremantle. 21-11-2014.

Words Dave Mullins.
Photos Kim Anderson – Shoot The Wicked Witch.

If I was to say the debut offering from Perth’s Axe Girl is one of the highlights of an underwhelming year in Australian music, I simply wouldn’t be doing it justice. The mix of pop-punk infused bubblegum is an absolute delight that throws me back to the days of Triple J playing awesome Australian punk and rock, before it became the menagerie of indie-electro-pop-folk-vomit that makes me want to jump out of a moving car into oncoming traffic. But that’s another matter.

I think what really works for me is the amount of fun to be had in the music itself. Songs like ‘You’re Not A Ninja’ and ‘Beach (Take Off Your Clothes)’ just rock. Sure, they aren’t a call to arms for civil disobedience nor a statement of virtuosity, but they are an anthem of the Australian summer. I think that making enjoyable music is overlooked in this day and age. Bands get so caught up with image and technicality that good song writing is an afterthought, if even a thought at all. I’m not saying that the band lacks in technicality or image, but it’s clear that making great music is their number one goal. Continue reading