PREMIERE: The Zilzies are a little bitter but a whole lot of sweet on their debut EP Shell City

Once again we bring you some fresh juice from The Zilzies, the South Sydney rockers that are so damn friendly and relatable they may as well be your next door neighbours.

A little over a month ago they busted out Honey (It’s Alright), a track that had our entire office smiling ear to ear. That song formed the first taste of Shell City, The Zilzies’ debut EP out today.

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Combat Monday blues every day for the rest of your life with Shell City, the charmingly optimistic debut EP from The Zilzies.

The line The Zilzies set themselves upon with Honey (It’s Alright) is largely adhered to on the remainder of Shell City, but that’s not to say it’s an EP devoid of any variance.

Rather, the band stick to their guns, bringing you more of the delightful alternative rock they’re quickly garnering a name for.

Title track Shell City opens up the release, bringing in a lyrical brevity you could expect from a band far later in their career.

Lead singer Darcey Gervaise’s vocals sit up front of the mix, spinning tales of love with astounding maturity and an imperfection that’s utterly magnetic. The Zilzies are a band who’ll get you singing along with lyrics you actually relate to, rather than a falsely founded sense of auto-tuned perfection.

Holding Out struts the band’s ability to make a six-piece sound so simple. A lush track that someone never feels crowded, it’s a testament to the band’s writing ability as well as the touch of producer Dylan Thomas (Sticky Fingers, DMA’s).

Shell City concludes with C.I.A and The Doors, and it’s in these two tracks that the EP attains so much of its totalcharacter. They represent the least ‘Zilzies’ tracks on the release, C.I.A ditching their infectious optimism for a biting sense of paranoia.

It’s also undoubtedly the track you’ll rock out to hardest, despite a soft piano outro which leads into The Doors, the most emotionally charged cut on the record.

While Honey (It’s Alright) was a love song worn with a smile, a downtrodden longing pervades The Doors, bringing the EP to a surprisingly sombre conclusion.

That being said, it’s hardly enough negativity to bring the joviality present in the rest of Shell City to the ground.

A bittersweet ending will still leave you with a smile, and once again, The Zilzies have made us grin ear to ear with Shell City.