Artist: The Occupants
Album: Hindsight EP
Label: Pavement Records
Date: November 2014
Fantastic opening salvo from a promising Aussie three piece featuring former Cogs.
I’m a fan of the EP format, has to be said straight up, and this one joins a long distinguished list of stunning Aussie EPs released this year from bands like Lunatics on Pogostics, Fox & Fowl, Orphans Orphans & Little May.
The combination of Flynn & Luke Gower (ex Cog) with now permanent Occupant Leigh Davies (ex Sleep Parade) has sparked a new creative step. Returning to the hills of Byron Bay to record with producer Forrester Savell, where they first recorded under the Occupants moniker for their 2013 single and EP closer, the band obviously works well together.
The EP opener and title track Hindsight opens with the stunning voice of Gower, Strong, bold, singular and backed by a building indie rock track with a great hook chorus that leaves you humming long after the track has spun. To me on this track more than the others Gowers voice is remarkable, reminiscent at times of Mandawuy Yunupingu from Yothu Yindi.
Momentum lets up a touch on Streets, but it’s still a great slowburner of a track. Wonderland is just blissful anthemic indie electro rock with Banjo! & EP closer I’ve Been Thinking is another corker of a track worthy of being their first single. A few spins of this EP has me enthralled with the voice this guy has, like a composite of ten or so great voices compressed into the one throat.
Yep, for sure you can hear a smidge of Cog here, a sniff of a progressive riff there. But brimming under the surface of these tracks is also an undercurrent of post rock gone large with a grunge pop sentiment. Personally if you listen to an album and start to wonder and hope what will come on the next album, the band has done well.