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Stand Atlantic - Pink Elephant album review

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STAND ATLANTIC
Pink Elephant
HOPELESS

Like the pop-punk greats in whose footsteps they follow, Stand Atlantic have taken their coveted sophomore album as a chance to build upon the nexus of plucky, distorted hooks and booming, singalong-ready choruses that made their debut turn heads in 2018. 

The production is beefed up, the guitars are tighter (and on key cuts like “Jurassic Park” and “Hate Me”, downright inhumanly catchy), and scattered amongst the standard stack of 4/4 push‑pit bangers are a few left-field gems that highlight the sprawling scope of the Sydney foursome’s polychromatic chemistry – see “Drink To Drown” and “Silk & Satin” especially. 

The way rifflord David Potter weaves around Bonnie Fraser’s every volatile howl and heartstrung twill is simply magical. Prepare to smash the heck out of your replay buttons.

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Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Their bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (on which they also serve as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Their go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, they only picked up after they’d joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped them see the light…