This whole go back to the 90’s thing isn’t just for guy bands. Amy Franz and Hayley McKee of Melbourne, Australia duo Super Wild Horses are conjuring the recent past on their debut album 15 just released on Hozac in the States and Aarght! in their home country. Its bouncy rhythms have a playful Tuscadero feel to them, though I don’t think Super Wild Horses are as hopped up on sugar as Tuscadero were back in the day. Fifteen also owes a little to the Columbus, Ohio trio Scrawl. On the more somber songs with the their sparse guitar and drum arrangements and general disposition, they might have you believing that they actually splintered from the Scrawl family tree somewhere in the recent past. Marcy May’s songs in Scrawl often dealt in heartbreak and loss and Scrawl’s sound was often described as sparse and dour, but they could also be accused of rocking out as good as any boy band. On 15, songs like Goldentown and We Don’t Believe It evoke that bleakness, but let a ray of sunshine in, something Scrawl rarely did.
Fifteen was recorded with Eddy Current Suppression Ring‘s Mikey Young who also recorded their six song EP on Aarght! that sold out pretty quickly last year. His deft hand dresses up the record just enough but not too much, letting the songs and voices of Franz and McKee through. The ladies are heading over to the US for a string of dates that have them selectively hopping across the continent and inexplicably skipping Seattle.
mp3: Scrawl – Charles (from Smallmouth)
mp3: Scrawl – Prize (from Velvet Hammer)
mp3: Scrawl – Reuters (Wire cover from Simple Machines 7″/compilation)
Find some scrawl records here.
Super Wild Horses Tour Dates:
September 16: Brooklyn, NY – Cameo Gallery
September 17: Phildelphia, PA – Cha-Cha Razzi
September 18: Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
September 19: Chicago, IL – Permanent Records
September 23: Memphis, TN – Gonerfest
September 27: New Orleans, LA – Saturn Bar
September 28: Austin, TX – Beerland
September 29: Austin, TX – Club 1808
October 1: San Francisco, CA – The Hemlock Tavern
October 2: Davis, CA – Maximum Freedom Festival