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There’s no shortage of young bands in Melbourne right now singing about having a bloody good time with their mates. Few of them have the talent or discipline required to make lazy-rock sound good, where “lazy” is stylish and not insulting. Jarrow are a young band from the western ‘burbs and what they lack in experience they make up for in skill and sincerity.

On Thursday, 16 November, the band teamed up with Remote Control Records to film a bunch of songs from their forthcoming album in front of a thirsty crowd who somehow knew the words already. The four-piece got in and got out quickly but smashed their way through an impressive set with gusto and just enough self-deprecation. Superficially, their youth shines through with at least two songs about friends, one about bleach and one titled Emoji, but underpinning this is a truly solid collection of musicians, who are tight and talented.

Main guy Dan Oke describes his music as “garage pop” and clearly draws inspiration from a wide range of music: at times reminiscent of Mac DeMarco, maybe Radiohead, and forgive me for hearing something in there that sounded hell of a lot like Rocky Horror Picture Show. The vocals beg for Triple J’s attention, eerily similar to The Wombats, though I suspect that comparison would not be readily welcomed.

Jarrow have already had a huge 2017, performing at Splendour In The Grass and signing with Remote Control and Barely Dressed Records earlier in the year. With a string of big shows coming up this year and into next, they’ll only continue to go from strength to strength. Right now, they certainly have creativity on their side.

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