Album Review: The Creases ‘Tremolow’

The Creases’ patience is almost as admirable as their talent. Three years have passed since the Brisbane group’s Gradient EP demonstrated their knack for equally infectious hooks and instrumentation, however, aside from the occasional single the band hadn’t released a fully fledged record. This stands out among similar Australian alternative artists, with groups such as the Jungle Giants and San Cisco capitalising on their debut only to struggle to continue this momentum through to where we are today.

And who could blame them. With the influential support of Triple J and subsequent fanfare, these indie-pop groups seized what lay in front of them. Where these groups hit the ground running, the Creases spent honing their artistry, with only a drip feed of singles over the past three years offering an insight into their debut record’s sound.

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And what a sound it is. Fusing diverse elements of Britpop, post-punk and

other sub-genres of the 80’s-90’s alternative scene, ‘Tremolow’ is a wonderful exhibition of the Creases’ talent. With charming song writing and catchy hooks that are often emphasised by stirring backing vocals, you’ll soon find a significant chunk of the record ringing in your head for days to come. Take the single ‘Is it Love’ for instance, with its sequence of stirring snares and chanting that set this stellar track into action.

The band’s love for shoe gaze can be heard on the brilliant ‘It’s Alright’ as fuzzy guitar riffs spin out of control for a mesmerising effect. However, vocalist Joe Agius subverts the traditionally low-key approach to shoe gaze vocals by taking it up to a notch that complements the instrumentation wonderfully. The penultimate track ‘Were Young’ is yet another fantastic example of The Creases’ ability to blend Agius’ charming vocals with driving instrumentation that adds another gem to this album. The record in its entirety never loses momentum, with the occasional mediocre track (‘In My Car,’ ‘Do What U Wanna’) followed by yet another highlight that illustrates this group’s talent.

In spite of the diverse influences and grand scale of the frequent backing vocals, The Creases never sound too big for their boots. In fact, it’s safe to assume that you’ll hear crowds belting out these choruses at major festivals in no time. All in all, The Creases have delivered a fantastic debut record that positions them as one of Australia’s great up and coming bands. Definitely keep an eye on this group!