The soft side of Australian rock garners attention from incredible storytellers like Courtney Barnett and The Whitlams. Now, add to that list Melbourne 5-piece Quality Used Cars. Their latest release Ripoff Merchant sounds plenty comfortable and plenty original.
Ripoff Merchant, a single from their forthcoming LP Good Days/Bad Days, begins by layering a gentle soundscape of glittering electrics, reserved drumming, and colourful chords. The production is clean and inoffensive, leaving the lyrics to capture your full attention. And that they do, with a blend of humour, gutting realism, and incredible maturity for a band just starting out.
Lead singer Francis Tait reminisces on the strange experiences working at his father’s record store before it closed in 2017. The detailed personalities on the customers ooze personality into the track. Tait, amidst other eccentrics, recalls a face-tattooed man that “talks the dangers of smoking and the classical piano career he abandoned” and a girl that “avoids eye-contact as she buys all our Lindsay Lohan.”
You just can’t make that shit up, and it’s that distinctive authenticity that makes Quality Used Cars so interesting. The relaxing and endearing Ripoff Merchant is a certainly a worthy contender for the Needle In The Hay. Lovely stuff guys.
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