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Cut For Summer starts off slow and lazy and leaves you wondering whether it's going to take off. But Cassette have never been in too much of a hurry to do anything. They're more than happy to "wait until the bags lift from our eyes", to quote a line from the brilliant High Pressure Crap.
After all, it's taken more than five years for this debut album to come out since the Emo EP in 2001.
The band moved to Melbourne soon after that release, changed bass players (Paul Trigg from Letterbox Lambs replaced Dave Fraser), and original members, singer/guitarist Tom Watson (Head Like A Hole) and drummer Craig Terris (Hell Is Other People) worked part-time jobs. But, finally, we have an album.
It's a country album - coming to you direct from the porch - with a few hyperactive outbursts that pay tribute to Cassette's love of bands such as AC/DC. There's the uppity Anticipate and then the galactic guitar of Pick Me Up. It's the mellower songs, like opener Cannot Tell and the What A Relief, that take a while to get used to because they're almost too slothful. But think of these heartfelt tunes with a slumber in mind and you'll be singing them for a long time to come. They do get into your head.
Verdict: At first it might not seem that way - but this debut is worth the wait