The Zebras’ bag is a driving, jangly one, complete with subtle boy/girl harmonies and catchy singsong melodies, recalling Teenage Fanclub at their most laid-back. The songs here on their self-titled debut album are dense in arrangement twists while the lyrics teeter between oblique and eyebrow-raising, with lead singer Jeremy Cole’s bashful higher register at times bearing a passing resemblance to Michael Stipe or Wayne Coyne. Recorded in the band’s formative hometown of Brisbane, the Go-Betweens’ sound also serves as an obvious influence.
Tracklist: The Forces of Light (Preloading) / Look Confident / French Chicks / Three Minutes / Too Bad / Itchin’ For a Fight / Biffin’s Bridge / Old Men / Lucky Pierre
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