Saturday, August 8, 2009

Review: Children Collide "The Long Now"

Children Collide is a modern rock trio from Melbourne, Australia. Releasing EPs since 2005, 2008's "The Long Now" marks their full-length debut and is creating a buzz not only in their homeland, but also here in the states. Driven by the ceaseless energy of guitarist and vocalist Johnny Mackey, the music of Children Collide demands your attention and can shake you out of any stupor.

The band has a strong indie rock vibe that sounds modern, yet there are lots of flashbacks in their music to the 90s. In other words, there is the potential for a lot of cross-over popularity, drawing in today's rock fans along with those still dwelling in the last decade. My favorite track is the sizzling opener, "Across the Earth", which has definite Cult overtones. "Farewell Rocketship" is also cool in the way that is deceptively laid back during the verse, but then "blasts" you with their more typical noisy chorus. I also like the lyrics on this track. Others of note include "Marie Marie Part II" and "Brave Robot", the latter of which resembles The Killers.

"The Long Now" is masterfully produced by Dave Sardy (Dandy Warhols, Oasis, Wolfmother, Jet), so crank it up. Children Collide will be on tour with Jane’s Addiction before embarking on their own headlining tour. The sky is the limit, it seems. Children Collide should appease fans of modern alternative rock in the neighborhood of Jack Butler, Modest Mouse, and The Strokes.

iPOD-worthy: 1, 3, 6, 11

Children Collide on MySpace. Official site.

Check out this cool interactive 360 degree video created for the new single, “Chosen Armies”:

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