By: Rob Perez (A Toast) –
With really great sounding guitar work and spirited vocals all throughout this 11 track LP, Halfwait’s The Official album is a wonderful Australian import and addition to the current crop of standout punk rock releases. It’s not exactly CBGB-era punk; think more 90’s commercial punk, with more melody and plenty of heartfelt lyrics.
That’s not to say The Official doesn’t take inspiration from classic punk (there’s a little hint of it here), and grunge/alt rock. But really, you’re going to enjoy listening to album from beginning to end. No gimmicks, just really good musical arrangements, and in-depth songwriting. That’s the official word on The Official.
With tracks such as “Save Me” where Halfwait slows it down, to “Now and the After” that goes fast, the tracks are very well produced. These Aussie imports could very well be the next big thing in punk rock.