Decline of the Reptiles | 13 Songs For The Rodeo Grrls

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13 Songs For The Rodeo Grrls

by Decline of the Reptiles

High-energy rock and roll from the Australian underground that's Detroit-influenced but splattered with blues and hard funk influences.
Genre: Rock: Detroit Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. An Army of Lovers
3:32 $0.99
2. Skirt
3:24 $0.99
3. Pashupatinath Blues
4:45 $0.99
4. Where the Action Is
3:09 $0.99
5. I Confess
5:22 $0.99
6. More
3:10 $0.99
7. Penelope
4:43 $0.99
8. She Hurt Me
4:27 $0.99
9. Lullaby for the Never Born
5:48 $0.99
10. Closer
4:08 $0.99
11. Massive Existential Wall 1
2:41 $0.99
12. Clubland
6:07 $0.99
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Album Notes
With a lineage that includes legendary Sydney bands ME-262, Trans Love Energies, the Fifth Estate, the Visitors and the Soul Movers, Decline of The Reptiles have re-emerged from a long sleep to stake a fresh claim as Australian rock and roll music's most intriguing outfit.

Born on the sweaty inner-city Sydney pub circuit in 1982, the first version of the band spawned a single ("What I Feel") and two EPs ("The Hammer Speaks", "Too Much Armour, Not Enough Brains") before going into hibernation five years later.

Critical favourites seemingly on the verge of cracking it for a major label contract, they played with the likes of Died Pretty, X, Le Hoodoo Gurus, Paul Kelly, the Hitmen and other notables, habitually treading the boards at legendary dives like the Sydney Trade Union Club, the Southern Cross and the Hopetoun Hotel.

The inclusion of their song "Don't Look Down" on the first "Do The Pop!" retrospective collection of Australian underground classics prompted a re-grouping in 2009 with a re-tooled rhythm section.

A year of constant gigging followed before the Reptiles recorded their debut long-player "13 Songs For The Rodeo Grrls".

Sounding like the blues-rock bastard offspring of the "Raw Power" Stooges, the Doors and the Stones, this is an album that's stunning in both its broad musical vision and sonic intensity.

“13 Songs” was produced by vocalist Mark Roxburgh and mixed in Sydney by Eric Dubowsky (Weezer.)

“The 12 (not 13 – an anti-bonus track, perhaps?) songs on this shiny silver disc are all over the map stylistically, ping-ponging between grungy, fuzzed-out psych rifferama, supple funk-rock workouts, careening Radio Birdman-esque forward motion, gorgeous pop-rock balladry and (an) orgy of guitars…

“Mark Roxburgh’s an acid-tongued singer in the manner of Ron Peno, Dean Coulter’s guitar shapes the grooves, and Bruce Tatham’s tasty keys… provide the icing on the cake.” – Ken Shimamoto, The Stash Dauber blog,



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