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Handsome Young Strangers: Battle Of Broken Hill

March 1, 2017

Five tracks here of pure Aussie ragged, jagged and raw folk-punk from somewhere in the outback based Handsome Young Strangers on their latest release the Battle Of Broken Hill EP.

The self-penned title track recounts a bizarre happening in 1915 close to Broken Hill, New South Wales when two Turks attacked a train of vacationing Aussies, killing four to bring the great war down under. The other standout track is Ned, which is about, well….Ned Kelly, Australia’s original bad boy Irish punk. The Waterboys Fisherman’s Blues is covered true to the original though honestly I prefer Ned and Battle Of Broken Hill.

A very fine EP and somewhat educational from a band soon to be spoken off in the same breath as the Go Set and the Rumjacks.

Handsome Young Strangers: Here’s To The Thunder Lads

December 6, 2012

Handsome Young Strangers is a strange name for an Aussie folk-punk band, it doesn’t have the ring that I would expect for a bunch of colonial punks – it sounds way more lizard lounge or the like if you ask me. But like follow Crocodile Hunters (is that too much of a cliche?) The Currency, Mutiny and Jack flash, HYS mix Australian folk standard such as Augathella Station and Lachlan Tigers with their own originals, all done in a Stones-ish meets crusts folk punk around the camp fire with the XXXX cracked open. G’d stuff indeed mate.