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Album Review: Luca Brasi ‘If This Is All We’re Going To Be’

Luca Brasi Album Review

After tearing through their wall to wall sold-out single tour only two months ago, Tasmanian punk heroes Luca Brasi are gearing up to release their third album ‘If This Is All We’re Going To Be’After lead single Aeroplane enjoyed popular airtime on triple j, proceeding single Anything Near Conviction is on the same trajectory, delivering to fans a more polished punk sound, and new Luca Brasi tunes are always warmly welcome.

If previous albums ‘Extended Family’ and ‘By A Thread’ sound like a young band experimenting with the elements of punk rock, ‘If This Is All We’re Going To Be’ sees the band nail their unique, cracking formula. From upbeat tune Drop Out to slow feeler The Cascade BluesLuca Brasi have perfectly married melody, their trademark meandering guitar lines, big drum sounds, and self-examining lyrical content with the punk and rock ideals of their roots.

‘If This Is All We’re Going To Be’ was recorded close to home at Red Planet in Hobart with producers Jimmy Balderston and Brian McTernan (Circa Survive, Converge). The end result is bright, punchy, and a straight up good time that deftly challenges thought processes and hometown mentalities.

“The new progression is pleasant, refreshing, and shows that the Luca Brasi train is not close to slowing down.”

Overwhelmed, Ill Prepared is a highlight of the album. Differing from what fans have come to expect from the Tasmanian quartet, the track provides everything from emotive guitar lines, to spacey ambience, to lyrics that hit close to home, “help me change my mind, about what I believe/Bring me some relief.” The new progression is pleasant, refreshing, and shows that the Luca Brasi train is not close to slowing down.

Singles Aeroplane and Spin and Collapse are typical, catchy punk rock that’s both melodic and energetic. With crunchy, distorted guitar lines counteracting with pounding drums and huge sing-a-longs, the two songs will please even the toughest punk critic. Meanwhile, Treading Water provides a soft-rock anthem that’s memorable, with a bridge that’ll have crowds singing their lungs out. The tune is a delicate touch to the album that’s a nice break in-between the consistent punk vibes that populates the most of the album.

‘If This Is All We’re Going To Be’ is set for release on Friday 29th April. Luca Brasi will be playing their new tracks as the main support on the Smith Street Band’s June tour, see below for dates!

Album Rating: 4

The Smith Street Band Tour
w/ Luca Brasi

Max Watt’s, Brisbane
Capitol, Perth
The Gov, Hindmarsh (SA)
Max Watt’s, Melbourne
Max Watt’s, Melbourne
Max Watt’s, Melbourne

Get Tickets HERE

Luca Brasi If This Is All We're Going To Be

Written by Sam Muggleton