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Sit Down In Front - Album Review: Confessions of a Pie Thief

26 Jun 2020 // A review by Paul Goddard

Punk music means different things to different people. Over the years like most genres it has morphed, been watered down, kicked about and spat out.

The original punks are still around but in many cases some of the youthful vitriol has been replaced by a jaded grumpy old man vibe built on nostalgia. Nothing wrong with that and they’re are also bands like Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes, Fever 333 and the excellent Ho99o9 who are taking punk in exciting new directions

Gisborne based Sit Down In Front have taken the classic 70's punk attitude and given it a youthful adrenaline fueled injection. Singer Corey in particular has a vocal snarl that is 75% Johnny Rotten and 25% Oi Boot Boy.

The result is a refreshing change from the over saturated pop punk market. Sure, the subject matter on their new album Confessions of a Pie Thief reflects the life of an average bored 17-year-old coming out of rural NZ but Sit Down In Front manage to avoid too much cheese on top of their stolen meat and potato punk and roll mix.

On the first listen, it is the vocals that stands out. Just the right amount of slightly annoying, it is as close as you can get to original punk icons like Charlie Harper or Mr Rotten. There is a genuine passion behind the snarl and even some, shall we say youthful and fully naive lyrics are delivered with complete conviction.

The music is textbook punk by numbers, but youth and the isolation of living in Gizzy give the songs on Confessions of a Pie Thief an energy and connection that sounds fresh.

It doesn’t always work though.

The cover of the theme from Ghostbusters may raise an initial smile but soon grates and is the only track on here that I had to constantly skip.

Rain is a standout track but it is in the last three songs that we hear an indication of the potential of Sit Down In Front. Bad Luck Brian changes things up a bit by moving in a slightly different musical direction. At times, the vocals are almost melodic.

Rain and the last three tracks in particular give a glimpse of the potential for Sit Down In Front. Their youth and enthusiasm will only get them so far but if they keep up the attitude and soak up more experiences, putting them through their own musical filters, we will be in for a treat.

Confessions of a Pie Thief is a great debut but I feel better is to come. These guys could easily be the shining messed up punk saviours from little old New Zealand. Just give them the ingredients, let them simmer and the world is theirs for the taking.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )

About Sit Down In Front

Coming from the small surfing village of Gisborne, it’s not surprising that Sit Down In Front produce a distinctive punk / surf vibe that is hard and fast. Having formed in early 2017 they are becoming well known for their tunes that cover every day life stuff and the stories that come with all their songs.

Having recorded and self-produced their first album Red Light Runner at the ripe old age of 14 years, the process taught them an awful lot. Although they have not yet received multiple awards and platinum sales, the future is bright. Their sound is built on the foundations of classic punk rock, a bit raw, but with a touch of youthful innocents. Sit Down In Front has developed a unique sound, capturing both old and new, which can often be lost in the pursuit of the next new thing!

Build on childhood mates and family friends, it all started one afternoon in the lead singer (Cory’s) garage when Jack (guitarist) and Rikki (drummer) turned up to jam. It didn’t take long until they found Roman (bass) and the rest is history in the making.

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Confessions of a Pie Thief
Year: 2020
Type: Album
Red Light Runner
Year: 2018
Type: Album

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