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Older - Album Review: Silence

18 Jun 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford

It may have taken a few years in the making (four to be exact), but the band from the Waikato with a tight post-punk sound, Older have finally released their original fifteen track debut album Silence. This has been a culmination of years of experience in song writing and producing.

This couple notably is one of the most unique and interesting duos I have stumbled across in recent times. I sit fair and square in the age range who will appreciate this album. “Older has one goal – to be less like their contemporaries as time passes. Ageism, that last bastion of ‘isms’ that pervaded modern life unchallenged, is their driving force”. I know a whole lot of people who will appreciate where these guys are coming from. Physically they may be in the Waikato, but mentally Jel and Julie Legg reckon they are London circa 1979.

First and foremost, before I get stuck into the music I would like to take a moment to mention, this band sent through one of the most robust well written press releases and biography I have had the joy of reading. I love researching bands, so it was a delight to behold Older’s website with biographical accounts on not only the couple together but also individually. A complete background account, through to future visions, right down to the meaning of the bands symbol which has such thought and meaning behind it I was left in awe at how they tied it all together. I got a good sense of who they are.

This duo has ethos which fits in perfectly with their anarchist punk sounding lyrics “they reject most mainstream ideology” and have in the past been described as “social commentators”. Oh boy do they have a solid punk rock sound to back up those no bull lyrics. There is an obvious classic UK punk influence invading their music lending to the energetic, bold and full bodied sound. Resisting all things wrong with modern life never sounded so good.

With gritty and honest cross-generational lyrics, Older should appeal to a varied range of listeners. The lyrics are a worldly-wise hard-hitting wakeup call, which are laced with rebellion. A total breathe of fresh air and perhaps slightly tongue in cheek. Superbly creative and intelligent song writing.

Out of the fifteen engaging tracks, my three personal favourites came down to 1984, Takapuna Wives Club and Vanilla. There is no constraint on Silence it is anything but “vanilla”. A well rounded rich dense sound, Jel and Julie complement each other splendidly. Julies vocals reminiscent of Marianne Faithful.

With a wealth of musical and creative experience between them and “forty years of influences” this is an album I would recommend having a listen to, even if punk doesn’t float your boat.

These guys have proved with this album that they are not just “a couple of oldie’s banging out some tunes”. Older have demonstrated that age is merely a number, not a restriction to creativity. This couple are anything but ordinary.

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )
 

About Older

Older has one goal - to be less and less like their contemporaries as time passes. Growing up is boring; middle-aged people are expected to set an example and settle for the Rugby, Golf, wine weekends and gardening. Well, gardening is not so bad, especially growing food to avoid supermarkets, but the rest is DULL, pointless and tired. Luckily there are still enough folks around with dodgy backs who remember what it was like to see the world through youthful eyes, enough of them refusing to fit ageist stereotypes and enough of them to challenge the stupidity and mundane expectations of society.

Older resist all the things they see as wrong with modern life - consumerism, following what the herd say and think, caring what others expect of them, leading a mundane existence, wasting time with shallow people, and getting stuck in ruts that entrap those addicted to trash TV and banal media. The original punks grew up and either became real estate agents or dropped of the grid and grew their own food. They are not the real estate agent kind. So if you find something in their music you relate to, or even like, be assured it comes from a genuine place of alternative thinking. Life's a journey that should never stop - sure it might slow down at times and take some wrong turns, but it's an ever changing landscape of new experiences and fun. No moment should pass without being observed with a fresh perspective. That's where their songs come from.

They say 'punk' you might say something else however, punk is a state of mind, not a musical style. The Damned are big on their list of influences - the grand daddies of punk. Not because their music defines the sound of punk but because they survived, kept going and were never afraid to redefine themselves. But most of all because they are older than Older and still full of attitude, in the nicest possible way. Labels and boxes mean nothing but if you call Older retro New Wave, Indie or Alternative they are just as happy.

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Silence
Year: 2019
Type: Album

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