Last week Brisbane outfit Faux Bandit followed up their 2017 sophomore release Flex with their third record Rock’n’Roll Simulator 2019, continuing their brand of intense rock with everything dialed up to an eleven.

The title track opens the EP, immediately making listeners putty in the band’s hands. Vocalist and guitarist Adam Brill has clearly brought his A-game with riffs reminiscent of bands like Queens of the Stone Age or fellow locals Canondrome. Teed with witty lines like “Does Steven Tyler wince as he sings to the rich, trying sing us all the blues in $20,000 shoes,” and memorable vocal deliveries makes for an entertaining experience. It’s the band’s newest member however, bassist Zac Sakrewski, whose ridiculously catchy bass-lines steal the show in second track Do Better, Be Better. Despite it’s catchiness, this track harbours frustration with the current state of the world we live in, taking aim at everything from shopping centres, to the education system and banks, summed up eerily by the line: “how can I learn from my past if my phone doesn’t diligently track where I’ve been.”     

Faux Bandit maintains a relentless pace throughout the record with only the occasional instrumental outro adding pause. Overall, their meticulous planning and execution of each instrument and lyric pays off. On Rock’n’Roll Simulator 2019 this talented trio have delivered an immersive collection of powerful rock bangers suitable for huge stages.

Faux Bandit’s third EP Rock’n’Roll Simulator 2019 is out now.

Rock’n’Roll Simulator 2019 – Faux Bandit

This review is courtesy of Phoenix Radio’s Emerge program, hosted by Calen Le Couteur and Russell Thompson. Follow Emerge and tune in on Monday nights 7-9PM HERE.