"I'm not trying to be minimal but now I'm feel like I'm looking down the barrel of a gun…" implores Tim Steward in 'Oh', the opener on The Whats' debut, All Mouth No Trousers.

  
  

Wether or not he is referring to the circumstances in which The Whats came to fruition is uncertain, but one thing for sure is that we are better off, musically, for the fact that they did.

  
  

Long story short. Screamfeeder were on tour in the UK in 2004 and were asked did they want another gig, agreeing to do the show without even thinking that bass/keys player, Kellie Lloyd was flying home to Australia that very morning. However it was agreed to do a Screamfeeder show as a 2 piece. Tim Steward and Dean Shwereb caught the tube from Brixton to Ladbroke Grove with all their gear and had the one of the best gigs of the whole tour. The rest as they say, is history.

  
  

Although being out for a little while now, I've had the pleasure of seeing The Whats several times live before this release. I was immediately taken by the energy, no bullshit, and fun approach to the whole thing. They fire off whirlwind sets that leave you spinning and the hard copy is no different.

  
  

This is simple, yet effective, unashamed pop, in a two-piece format. This isn't The White Stripes or Black Keys, nor is it anywhere in the enormity or brutality league of The Hasselhoff Experiment or DFA 1979. There's no over the top effects trying to make up or fill in anywhere here. There isn't any need for it. It is what it is. Stripped back pop. Two and three chords tied with some clever drum lines.

  
  

If I may, it's all trousers, no mouth!

  
  

While Stewards vox still sound like Tim from Screamfeeder, there is a certain vocal character that he exudes throughout, together with an urban lyrical substance. The Streets spring to mind from a contemporary perspective but I am sure it's more akin to The Clash from the late 1970s. That's before London Calling!

  
  

Brisbane live music punters will adore 'Slumming' with its reference to the now defunct 610 ‘space' and the turn for the worst that the valley has taken with all the scenesters. The Whats have got that in one!

  
  

Trouble opens with a delightfully fuzz and has some of the great lyrics of the year for mine, amongst them:

  
  

There's trouble you star in it Dropping your bomb Take out the world with Guitar and a drum…

  
  

Get on the kit Join the bigger Struggle against silence …

  
  

Excellent words of advice I say. Get out there kids and start a two or a three piece!

  
  

Where Was I has a wonderful crunchy riff that The Black Keys would be proud of and a bluesy garage feel to match while All Mouth brings Dean's snare, crash and tambourine more forward in the mix resulting in an excellent garage-ness from days gone by.

  
  

Minimal is good!

  
  

Things settle down for the laid back Always before we are back to full noise in a Posies kind of way for closer Ziney Anecdotal.

  
  

The Whats are showing some roots here and three-chord minimalism can certainly still deliver.

  
  

For mine this reflects the true spirit of rock and roll. Making music and having fun! I love it.

  
  

Now I'm packing my axe and amp and am heading to a drummer friends house for some fun.

  
  

This C is inspiring. I love it.

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