While it’s been impossible to get out and support our local scenes lately, that doesn’t mean that underground music is over. For some bands, like Other Half, being part of the DIY scene has never been more relevant; in the wake of all of this madness and uncertainty, those who know how to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty are shining through.
‘Big Twenty’ is a product of the time, and whether that’s deliberate or not is hard to say. A noisy, chaotic record bursting with raw creativity and frustration, this album is not for the faint-hearted. Full of biting vocals and rebellious riffs that have no place being cooped up inside, it’s no surprise that Other Half couldn’t wait any longer to unleash their full-length debut.
There’s bags of potential hidden in ‘Big Twenty’, from the bitter, youthful energy of ‘Big Wheel’ to the earthy, defiant beat of ‘Tiny Head’ and the unique Britpop-slash-post-hardcore blend of ‘Sameness Without End’.
Yet, something about the album feels lost. It’s hard to tell if it’s the discordant melodies, which sometimes scream punk rock anarchy, but, at other times, simply miss the mark, or the distant vocals, which could’ve done with a polish production – either way, something is missing.
Other Half are making waves, that’s for sure, but they need to tighten things up a little for people to really see what they are capable of. One suspects that it’s truly great things.