There’s no denying that Australia is producing some of the finest acts in rock as of late, and Sydney based trio Redhook are no different as they embark with their debut EP, ‘Bad Decisions’.
Opener ‘I Don’t Keep Up’ is about as high-octane as you could get as a debut introduction. It manages to combine a frenzied mix of 90s-esque bubblegum pop, rap, and even a saxophone solo thrown in for good measure. Although on first listen it may come across as pretty erratic, you’ll find yourself singing along in no time.
One of the highlights to take from ‘Bad Decisions’ is the band’s ability to create songs that are extremely relatable. The title-track is pretty much a summary of all the hilariously terrible choices made at some time or another, ranging from being in “So much debt so I’m getting off my head”, or “Got with my best friend / And his roommate too / And his roommate’s girlfriend / Hey head, what’s wrong with you?”. It also features an impressive gang vocal section featuring a plethora of bands, including Yours Truly, FANGZ, and The Dead Love.
Slowing down the pace, ‘Alien’ offers a beautifully delicate ballad, highlighting issues with low mental health and feeling like you just don’t fit in. It’s clear that this is an extremely personal track, with vocalist Emmy Mack‘s vulnerability on full display, but it’s this openness and vulnerability that lends itself as the EP’s standout moment.
Switching up the style once again, both ‘Kamikaze’ and ‘Your Heroes Are Bullshit’ bring forward a much heavier contribution. The former which features vocals from Will King (Windwaker), and is possibly the darkest track on offer here, surrounding this idea of falling further into a black hole due to this reoccurring theme of poor mental health. The latter, however, showcases the band’s more screamo-esque side, with Mack‘s repetitive bellows lingering in your head making this the ideal track to close on.
As a band, it’s difficult to pigeon-hole Redhook‘s sound into a particular genre, with each track different from the last, allowing the trio to feel like the refreshing, exciting new band that we’ve all been waiting for. If ‘Bad Decisions’ is anything to go by as their introduction to the world, it’s hard to imagine and comprehend what they still have yet to come in the pipeline.