ALBUM REVIEW: Dune Rats – Hurry Up And Wait

Release Date: January 31st 2020
Label: BMG


Following on from the success of 2017’s ‘The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit’, a record which hit the #1 chart spot in their home country, Aussie trio Dune Rats are now back with their third album, ‘Hurry Up And Wait’.

Introducing the album is a short and somewhat amusing answer machine message from their friend proclaiming his love to the band. Their response breaks into ‘Bobby D’, a tribute to the man himself, oozing with all of the party pop-punk vibes that you’d want from an opening number.

One of the most noticeable characteristics about this band is the sheer desire not to take themselves too seriously. They reflect this within their music, and the fact that they’re simply here for a good time shines through in ‘If My Bong Could Talk’, a pretty self-explanatory title of what to expect from the track. Whereas ‘No Plans’ pokes fun at comments that they’ve heard at shows, with pre-chorus jibes like “Do you guys play covers? / Or just originals?”.

There’s a really impressive mixture of sounds through the twelve tracks on offer here. One of the most noticeable is the 90s surfer rock sound found in ‘Rock Bottom’, which also lends itself to the quintessential “na-na” found on any deserving punk record. Whilst ‘The Skids’ is more mellow and could’ve easily presented itself as a much slower number, it feels like this a band who actively choose not to put a downer on situations, allowing the record to uphold this fun party style throughout.

Continuing with this desire to not fall into one particular genre, we see a slightly heavier sound on ‘Crazy’, which wonderfully compliments the theme of excess and overindulgence, whereas ‘Stupid Is As Stupid Does’ is a high-octane pop anthem featuring K.Flay, and is one of the standout tracks on offer.

Closer ‘Mountain Come And Go But Aussie Pub Rock Lives On’ is very easily envisioned as the song for the live shows. It only clocks in at 1 minute 40 seconds, but the chant-along style will no doubt sit perfectly at a gig full of alcohol-infused fans.

‘Hurry Up And Wait’ is an eccentric, party-fueled record. Although it isn’t the perfect, polished sound that we hear so much these days, it works perfectly for them. Given the added pressure and such high stakes against them to live up to its chart-topping predecessor, Dune Rats have gone above and beyond to create an endearingly raucous follow-up album.