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Album Review: Painted Blue by Austeros

UK punks Austeros release their new album Painted Blue on 27th May via Specialist Subject Records. Channelling influences from Dinosaur Jr, The Lemonheads, Good Luck and early Green Day, Austeros produce an infectious and relatable brand of indie punk that couldn’t have a better home than Specialist Subject Records.

The sound isn’t a million miles away from label mates Great Cynics and Muncie Girls, and that’s no bad thing. Couple the infectious punk with lyrics that deal with everyday stuff from relationships, mental health and dissatisfaction and you have an album that you instantly fall in love with. There’s a genuine honesty that shines through each track making you grin from ear to ear.

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Painted Blue excels in the fact that it’s straight to the point, there’s no fucking about here. With the majority of the ten tracks coming in under three minutes the band deliver a short indie pop punch to face. It’s easy to fall in love with, you don’t need to make any effort. You’ll find it seeping into you subconscious, ingraining itself, slowly becoming your best friend. Take the brilliant ‘Shit Sticks’ as an example of the beauty of Austeros; not many bands could take a song about getting buried and you’re past mistakes and make it such and enjoyable and uplifting track.

There’s bags of potential in Austeros. After a few listens of the album you’ll find yourself questioning why they aren’t bigger. Painted Blue is an album that you can feel connected to, it’s as if the band take your worries and hopes vocalise it, help you work through it and make you feel good about life. It’s an album that makes you feel like someone gets it. It’s an album written from the heart, bringing you back to that sense of honesty that makes it really special.

It’s an album lovers album too. It flows wonderfully with the feeling that it should be listened to in its 28 minutes completely rather than as individual tracks. As such there isn’t any particular standout tracks, it just works excellently as one piece. Getting in on Austeros and stream the album below.

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