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Antipodeans - Single Review: Lights Out

09 Aug 2020 // A review by Mike Alexander

In the not so distant past, a Kiwi – Sam Shirley - and a mate from across the ditch – Paul Hutton - teamed up to form Antipodeans and were last heard of signing off in Singapore. At first, I thought they had finally resurfaced but it turns out these Antipodeans, are both Kiwis – Dave Hodgson and Guy McIndoe - who played together in Palmerston North’s infamous Noddy On The Cross (props to the brashly delightful F@ck Off Rugbyhead), but now live on either side of the world.

Antipodeans is more precisely Antipodean, which is how folks in the Northern Hemisphere refer to Australians and Kiwis, with Hodgson now based in Falmouth, England, and McIndoe calling Hutt Valley home.

Lights Out is the first offering from a collaboration that was hatched during the transcontinental lockdown. It’s a big meaty song with some superb guitar work, that rolls ominously along as if it’s about to blossom into a prog rock opus, but instead bobs and swells like a life boat adrift in the ocean.

There’s a slight sign of weariness to the vocals, which isn’t surprising given that the song references “grief, lost love and staying sane during lockdown” but as it unfolds there’s a buoyancy to the song that keeps it afloat.

These guys have come a long way musically since Noddy On The Cross. I’m expecting a few more surprises when they release their album, The Falmouth Tap.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About Antipodeans

Antipodeans is a transcontinental lockdown collaboration between former NZ Band mates: Falmouth UK based Dave Hodgson (Noddy On The Cross, Warblefly, SealanD) and Hutt Valley NZ based Guy McIndoe (Noddy On The Cross, The Flickering, Column of Sand):

First single Lights Out is an exploration of grief, lost love, real estate and staying
sane during lockdown. From the upcoming album The Falmouth Trap.

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