Tuesday, January 19, 2016

You Beauty - Illywhacka

You Beauty may be the name of this Sydney four-piece, but it works just as well as a self-referential tribute to their latest creation.  It would be enough to attract our praise if it were one of the best slices of pub-rock-meets-the-dance-floor since the early days of INXS.  But the ambition and attainment of Your Beauty goes well beyond that.  On their previous effort, Jersey Flegg (our feature here), they told of the unraveling love life of an aging rugby league star, facing the end of his career and his TV starlet girlfriend.   On Illywhacka, their sophomore LP, the lads craft a tale of an internet scammer who, in the course of preying on a woman, falls for her.  He then sets out to win her heart.  Does he succeed?  Well, it isn't my story to tell, so tune in to Illywhacka.  Along with the story you'll get great melodies, thumping percussion, excellent songwriting and, on "Romeo n Julie", excellent sex .... oh, sorry, I meant sax.  And "Flake and Chips" is one of my current favorite songs.  By the way, it appears that the title is an term for trickster or con man that was employed in Australia's colonial period.

Illywhacka was released in 2014 as a digital download by Rice Is Nice, but that label now has teamed up with Bedroom Suck Records to offer the album on vinyl as well.  So now you have the choice of digital or vinyl direct from either label, as well as digital downloads from the usual sources.

You Beauty is Will Farrier (vocals), Flyn Mckinnirey (bass) , Jashua Phuah (guitar), and Kino Verzosa (drums).  All of them are in other Australian bands, as well.

You Beauty on Soundcloud
Bedroom Suck Records order page for Illywhacka
Rice Is Nice page for You Beauty

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