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A. SWAYZE & THE GHOSTS - Paid Salvation LP

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A. SWAYZE & THE GHOSTS - Paid Salvation LP

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Highly recommended. 

A. Swayze & the Ghosts find themselves in a cruel position, releasing an album destined for the live setting amid the current pandemic. They’re not alone. With messy back-room punk shows off the cards for the foreseeable, the Aussie outfit attempt have to settle for conjuring these sorely missed shows by way of chaotic riffs and energetic garage rock on this record. 

Since their self-titled debut EP in 2017, singles like ‘Suddenly’ have stuck to a blueprint which consistently brought out comparisons to some great names over the years. Think the nostalgic beach rock of The Black Tambourines or the party-starting antics of The Black Lips.

Frontman Swayze has a lot to get off his mind throughout the release. The first two tracks lay down a marker of his intentions to use this platform as a megaphone; co-written with his wife Olivia, ‘It’s Not Alright’ deals with inequality using her own experiences of harassment, a perspective offering up a more potent viewpoint. This is driven home with jagged guitar lines and lively layered vocals; “she don’t wanna / she don’t wanna / it’s too late”.

Swayze makes it all too clear throughout this album that he’s intent on attacking serious matters in life, whether big or small. Perhaps most importantly, he’s managed to morph his frustrations of the world into engaging and frantic material that packs serious spirit. Yet another album we’ll have to wait to see live.

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