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After predating the garage rock revival by a couple of years with the release of their debut album Welcome Aboard The 3C10 and then kicking the whole scene squarely in the balls with the shattering follow up Contact High, Rocket Science return once again to shake your coconuts with Eternal Holiday. The release of Contact High saw the Melbourne rock squad take their music over to the UK where it was lapped up by all and sundry as a scintillating, authentically fresh take on 60’s junk punk. In a celebrity review in UK Kerrang, sweet Kelly Osbourne professed her love for Contact High and Supergrass’ Gaz Coombes was so moved by the band he took them on the road with him and proclaimed them “the best bloody live band I’ve heard in ages.” It was in between these regular jaunts OS and tour dates in cities throughout Europe [at one point 16 gigs in a row, no time off] the idea of the Eternal Holiday was spawned.

Any downtime at home was used by frontman Roman Tucker and drum machine Kit Warhurst to throw the shit of new songs at the wall to see what tunes stuck and had the potential to become album material. Writing this time around involved Roman and Kit sharpening their songwriting styles over a 2 month period, then taking the results to cohorts Dave Gray and Paul Maybury to pull in their collective influences. After an artillery of new songs was collated the band skewed their thoughts to who might have the panache behind the boards to take their third from sweet sonic sketches into a burgeoning fuzzy pop piece to surpass their previous efforts. Touring with the Dirtbombs throughout Europe last year, Rocket Science ostensibly found a crew of likeminded souls. With their shared penchant for valve amps, classic riffing, contemporary songwriting and scuzzy logic, ‘Bombs guitarist Jim Diamond emerged as a obvious choice with whom to take up arms. Diamond saw something he could work with in Rocket Science’s melding of classic Australian rock influences - Lime Spiders, Radio Birdman, The Saints and AC/DC. Their time in the studio only proved to cement their compatibility, revelling in their mutual appreciation of 60’s compressors and analogue tape.

From the opening and title track, with it’s slinky, smutty guitar riff and insistent preaching of an Eternal Holiday, through Pop Lover’s dozen hooks in three minutes, and Sex Call’s plea for communication gratification, Rocket Science’s third packs their now recognisable chops with a new intensity and conciseness of songwriting so many try but fail to attain. Dressed To Kill sees Kit step to the mic for a Hammond-driven stomp that looks like running from a failed dark street drug deal, resplendent in suit and tie, while Strange Outside comes over all surf guitar and mellow stuttered verse before erupting midway into a frenzied calling out that spits and splutters it’s way to an exhausted, haunted close.

Eternal Holiday is Rockets Science’s audio rocket fuel, a robust deathly concoction of swinging hooks, spastic riffing, brink-of-bursting organ and parasite-like chorus that wastes no time busting in and shaking shit up. A perfect part three then. Further jaunts across the ocean are set to follow, and a virgin foray into Japan for the Fuji Rock Festival is on the calendar for July. Of course Rocket Science will also be on the road around Australia surrounding the release, people are advised to keep their ears to the ground, it’s likely you’ll hear this beast coming.



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