ME come hailing from Australia and have toured with the likes of Kasabian, Twin Atlantic and King Charles. The rockers are now releasing their debut album Even The Odd Ones Out through Lizard King Records. We had a listen.
The album kicks off with the theatrical Hoo Ha. We say theatrical because the track is full of harmonies that sound like they’re out of a musical. The track is quite bewitching and has a classic rock influence that we really like and reminds us of bands such as Queen or The Darkness.
Trails In The Sky is up next and we are disappointed with how cheesy this track sounds after the exciting Hoo Ha. We skip this and move on to Rock And Roll Dandy, an uplifting pop-rock song. As it starts the track sounds a little too pop-like but then you reach the chorus and an incredible hook hits you. The high-pitched vocals are spot on and give Rock And Roll Dandy a nostalgic sound, which is outstanding.
Like A Fox is a slightly harder track on the album with its heavier bass and urgent guitar riffs. ME love that good old classic rock sound, which is sensed on this album. Westward Backwards mixes classic rock and pop quite well and makes for a good listen whilst Carousel shows a different side to ME’s music. Carousel is both soft and hard and really shows off Luke Ferris’ vocals, which seem to have no boundaries.
Working Life is a track with a sense of humour. Talking about boring jobs that trap you a lifetime ME make it more interesting with their big chorus which seems to feature an entire orchestra and choir, quite entertaining indeed. Another fun track on the album is Vampire!! Vampire!! which has more of those theatrics we originally enjoyed. There is a sense of urgency about this track, which works with the lyrics and the chorus is electrifying with more soring high-pitched vocals and another choir.
Last on the album is Their Song. The track ends the album on a mellow note.
ME’s new album is quite entertaining and shows how varied ME’s taste in music is. There is a lot going on, on this album, which could put some listeners off. We enjoyed Even The Odd Ones Out even if at times we felt it was a bit generic.