ANTI FADE RECORDS
'ONCE AGAIN THE PRESENT BECOMES THE PAST'
Written by Jake Laderman
Geelong's finest bedroom-rocker Jake Robertson, AKA Alien Nosejob, has released his second full-length of 2020, the urgent and furious 'Once Again The Present Becomes The Past' via Anti Fade Records (AU) and Iron Lung Records (US).
Following on from 'Suddenly Everything Is Twice As Loud' earlier this year, this second coming from Alien Nosejob steps away from the fuzzy-pop hooks and leans more into a wildfire of rampaging 80's hardcore-punk, which Robertson is no stranger to.
'Once Again The Present Becomes The Past' is a diverse curation of songs blended from crust and hardcore, originally forming as a concept album for Australia’s first and largest air raid, the 1942 Bombing Of Darwin, but soon evolving to the idea that history is forever repeating itself - an influence taken from a Norm Macdonald book.
The fast-paced, chorus driven chord changes on this record are exceptional. The first few tracks feel reminiscent to the raw energy of the Zero Boys, but a quick shift in dynamic turns to synth interludes laced between pure noisy-chaos and punk-fuelled rants as the record races towards a close.
'Once More 1984' is a highlight track, while a bit slower than others, it's one that urges your fist to the air. Opening with an anthemic repeating lead guitar sitting upon heavy single-strummed chords, the track seamlessly transitions into a powerful chanty verse - it all flows perfectly between sections. It has a cold, dark aura to it, one that nods towards Poison Idea, but still unmistakably Alien Nosejob.
2020 certainly isn't a year slowing Alien Nosejob down, where it is clear that the hit-machine is still in full operation. It's always exciting to see what Jake Robertson does next, because he's a master of quality and quantity. Not many can say they do both!
Alien Nosejob's 'Once Again The Present Becomes The Past' is out now and available for purchase on black wax via the Anti Fade Bandcamp - here:
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