Tasmanian four piece, Fell to Erin, inaugural winners of the 2005 Tasmania's Most Promising Original Contemporary Music Act have supported such bands as Eskimo Joe, Something For Kate, You Am I, Bodyjar, Grinspoon, Regurgitator, and The Cruel Sea. Their fourth release, the five track EP ‘stumble & fall' was produced by Anton Hagop (Silverchair, Powderfinger, Waikiki).


I had never heard of these guys before listening to this EP, but I'd make the effort to see them live just to see if I'm right – I bet they're great. ‘stumble & fall' feels like a bit of a tease. Despite their irritation at being voted the best up and comers after over 200 live shows this recording sounds like a band taking it's first steps. There are indications of an interesting and individual sound but it lacks conviction. I'd love to hear these songs played as if there was no tomorrow because I reckon they'd be more than good – they'd be great.


‘Anywhere But Here' really stood out for me as a great power ballad and highlights the vocals of Lincoln le Fevre – it feels like he let it go and stretched out demonstrating a great range and a variety of vocal textures – I want to hear that level of conviction in the other songs. The guitar riff is catchy and dirty, once the drums kick in it generates a groove that's compelling. The song builds satisfyingly and ends well, surprisingly - a bloody nice song. ‘Shoulders' also stands out with its interesting arrangement and timing shifts – great beginning and excellent transitions between the mellow verse/chorus and high-energy rock bridges. James Gough the drummer has a ball and you can hear it.


‘Meter Maid' is a cracking power pop number with fun lyrics. I bet this one gets a crowd dancing. It's a lethal combination of catchy vocal melody, killer riffs and really great use of percussion (tambourine and clapping – an almost forgotten art). ‘Dirty Sneakers' I found predictable and a bit too derivative but it rocks and I'll bet it's great live. ‘Anywhere But Here' has interesting timing but I wanted to hear the vocals let loose, it just lacks conviction. ‘onetwothree' has the most interesting lyrics and a lovely guitar riff that sits under the vocals. It has the most complex emotional content and is truly bittersweet – I like that in a song.


Upon first listen I was mostly struck by their inoffensiveness. They are good. I can easily imagine hearing them on the radio and was pleased to hear a real Aussie accent – no fucking fake American which I really loathe. On a second listen I caught myself toe tapping and humming along. I reckon these guys really come into their own live but recorded it lacks the spontaneity that makes good rock really great. Fear not listener it's a sleeper – if not at first satisfied listen again.

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