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International Alternative Rock Band's EP Receeives Rave Reception from Reviewers
Alternative band The Great Emu War Casualties launched an EP called It Is Not Fun, It's Not a Hat that was recorded in the singer's Liverpool flat.
By: Aardvark Records
It is Not Fun, it's Not a Hat is one of 7 EPs recorded in lead vocals and guitarist Joe Jackson's flat in Liverpool when he last visited the UK. Further releases are in the pipelines before an album.
Keyboardist Elliot Scullion also provides guitar and vocals and is also from the UK, playing alongside drummer Arthur Dherbermont from France and bassist Saskia Clapton is from Sydney Australia.
The Great Emu War Casualties describe the genre of their music as alternative indie rock pop noise and you can explore their releases so far on Spotify, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and buy their music on Apple Music (iTunes) and Amazon and the band are selling CDs at live shows during their UK tour.
The four-piece took their band name from a 1932 military operation in Australia to manage the wildlife and a notice on a hat stand seen by Saskia Clapton when she was touring in Tokyo with her previous band inspired their quirky EP name.
The Great Emu War Casualties have chosen the specialist album know how of Aardvark Records in Cornwall to distribute It is Not Fun, it's Not a Hat and subsequent releases, which promise to be as eccentric and colourful as their song titles.
Their music is an atmospheric concerto of guitars and keyboards, which glide and gently flow through the songs, which celebrate the absurd and melancholic, such as "The Rip Off" which tells the story of someone struggling to adjust to the 21st Century. As with many successful songs, such as those by Fleetwood Mac, the other two tracks convey atmospheres that mark the end of relationships.
A recent review on music blog Penny Black Music in February 2018 has already declared that international band The Great Emu War Casualties are "Musically also they have real muscle." Two more EPs will follow shortly, followed by an album.
The latest video, posted on YouTube a month ago is called Hoodlum Uniform, which a critic called "frankly disconcerting"
The other songs on the EP have equally tongue in cheek names, such as There is a God and his Name is Mark Sugar Mountain, which also has a video on YouTube. American artist Joe Jackson features on two tracks on the EP: The Rip Off and Stir Fry and Sadness.
A 2018 review of "It is Not Fun, it's Not a Hat" by John Clarkson on Penny Black Music:
A video of a song from the EP is available here