Stand Atlantic‘s rise to the forefront of upcoming pop-punk bands has been pretty impressive, joining the now heaving roster of top-tier acts coming out of Australia across the last few years.
Following on from the success of last year’s debut EP, ‘Sidewinder’, 2018 sees them diving deep into the depths of their first full-length, ‘Skinny Dipping’.
It’s almost a given that any pop-punk album nowadays has to open with a super catchy and lively start, and the Aussie trio have got this down to a tee with the infectiously melodic lead single, ‘Lavender Bones’, which carries with it one of the biggest choruses on offer on the record.
Yet, in truth, ‘Skinny Dipping’ is and album that’s littered with choruses of the like, with ‘Bullfrog’, ‘Lost My Cool’, and the early 00s tinted title-track serving as the picks of a highly enjoyable bunch.
Frontwoman Bonnie Fraser‘s vocals are charismatic and superb, with her silky cleans soaring high across the scaling, chunky guitars on tracks. What’s great about her voice is that she also has the capacity to give a bit of guttural grit, like on ‘Burnt In The Afterthought’, ‘Clay’, and the spiteful and cynical ‘Lost My Cool’, which hosts one of the punchiest lines across the whole album; “Found out you’re full of shit. / Why don’t you swallow it?”
Only a couple of times does the record lose a tiny bit of flow, particularly on softer numbers ‘Cigarette Kiss’ and ‘Toothpick’, but perhaps that’s down to how good Fraser and co. are when it comes to the rip-roaring, punkier moments that makes these tracks feel a little lax in comparison.
‘Skinny Dipping’ is the sound of a band hitting all of the heights that they’d aimed to, and a solid first effort for the three-piece. It’s a record that paints a very flattering portrait of Stand Atlantic‘s undoubtedly big future, and places them right at the top of the list of pop-punks acts to get excited about.