Poppy rock and roll that's fresh and catchy. from Adelaide.
Someone who plays in punk bands once told me a certain sound was "too '60s" - despite the roots of his own bands' sounds lying squarely in those parts. He wouldn't like Green Circles. They have that vibe that makes you think you're stumbling down Carnaby Street circa 1965 with a headful of bennies and a heartful of hope, but the songs are deft and dynamic enough to lift them well clear of accusations of mere revisionism. So if you liked the second Rhino "Nuggets" box set, you'll love this.
Nine originals here and for mine the roughhouse "21st Century Blues" and driving pop smarts of "Five Blue Moons" are the pick. "Don't Start" is a R & B monster with Pretty Things swing. "Long Live Sivananda" is a cover but a damn fine one (you may have heard this 1969 Aussie psych classic by The Inside Looking Out on the "Forest of Goldtops" complie) and shuts down proceedings stylishly.
It's a fragmented musical world with lots of diversity and a dizzying range of acts and genres to wrestle with. So it's a shame that anyone not operating in community radio or on the zine/website fringes doesn't seem to give a fig about anything not falling within their own narrow field of perception. The only thing for bands like Green Circles to do is play on and all you and I can do is spread the word. Some things - like "Tavistock Street" - are worth the effort. - The Barman