Why won't mainstream media play these guys... oh yeah.
Dune Rats have been plying their trade for almost a decade now, but I only discovered them late last year while in Australia, where their single 'Crazy', was all over the youth radio stations on heavy rotation and I found it infectious with it's high tempo energy.
So when they dropped their third studio album Hurry Up and Wait, I had to go in for a closer listen.
And I'm glad I did, what I found is an awesome Surf Rock/ Garage Punk record, full of Australiana humour, matched with some great tunes.
In the lead up to the release, singer and guitarist Danny told fans "We didn't set out to make a big album, or a polished album, or an album about partying because the last one did alright, or an album not about partying because we want to get away from that. It's just writing about different stuff in our lives. It was always just going to be Dunies."
And with that, I knew I was heading into a group of friends just having fun while recording an album, which can be seen straight away. The opener '(intro)' is a voice mail from a fan, rambling on about how great the band is, and ends with the fan calling them "crazy motherfuckers" - which then leads into the first track called 'Bobby D.' (the caller's name) a short blast of a song where the chorus is, yep you guessed it, "crazy motherfuckers!".
There is no over the top "melt your face off" Hardcore Punk to be found on Hurry Up and Wait, but more of a chilled out Stoner Punk sound, which works really well with their singing style. The only exception I found is the up tempo'd 'If My Bong Could Talk' but even that isn't too excessive.
Top tracks that you need to hear, have to be:
Funnily enough those three tunes all have awesome and hilarious videos that I highly recommend that you also view.
Don't go into Hurry Up and Wait expecting any serious content, go in wanting some chilled tunes, while having a few mates around sipping a couple of beers and you'll be set. I think the reason I'm really digging Dune Rats is because they remind me of Frenzal Rhomb a lot, a bunch of friends having the time of their life while making music and having a laugh, and it can be heard in the album.