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The Late Starters - Single Review: False Victim

31 Oct 2022 // A review by Jack Grabham

Okay, here's another belter. Christchurch's groovy rockers The Late Starters are releasing their new single False Victim on 1st November, and you need to hear it. Leading in is the bass line from Paul Mallons, then the guitars and percussion come in with a summer-laden, feel-good vibe, courtesy of Lowell Mallon (lead gat), Ian Cartwright (rhythm gat and lyricist) and Scott Lucas (drums). 

When David Stacks vocal enters the fray you know you're listening to a band that has looked for and eked out its sound. What a singer! 

The track was recorded, mixed and mastered at Cannon Hill by Steve Fowler. If I have one criticism it's that the guitars are a tad too light, too trebly - putting me in mind of the likes of Poison's Nothin' But A Good Time. I do feel mean saying that though, as the track runs beautifully, is orchestrated well, composed very pleasantly and I found my head bopping along with it before I knew it was a' happenin'.

The trebly guitar comment doesn't take away from how cool this song is though. With high profile support slots on their CV (The Jordan Luck Band, for example) and up-coming show at The Good Home Ferrymead on Saturday 19th November, and the Otautahi Smoke BBQ Festival in December, the guys will have ample opportunity to air this one for you. My advice would be to get out the Les Paul's and see how the guitars sound with some more bottom end for the live shows. The song will be a slayer no matter what.

Do a video! This one needs to be seen. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Greed has been crowned the new king.

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )

About The Late Starters

Christchurch band The Late Starters formed and recorded their first album, Age – A State of Mind, in 2019, primarily to tick their songwriters bucket list item of releasing an album of original songs for his 50th birthday. With a nod back to the 80's and evident Kiwi influences, their sound has been described as “an enjoyable nostalgic trip into the future.”

Their first single Ohau, was voted number 21 in Brisbane based Regular Radio’s Independent Hottest 100 songs of 2019.

Since 2019, the band has continued to play live regularly, including opening for The Jordan Luck Band in October 2020.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for The Late Starters


Age: A State of Mind
Year: 2019
Type: Album

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