“Well, I hope that someday, buddy, well have peace in our lives”– From ‘I See A Darkness’ by Bonnie‘Prince’ Billy.
A two and half year gap since their last album suggests this Brisbane-based band have undergone a degree of soul-searching.
On Someday, Buddy they sound more serious and reflective, focusing on minimal instrumentation and displaying a reluctance to play to the gallery.
I'm not sure if the album title actually comes from the lyric to the Bonnie 'Prince' Billy song but the connection seems to fit.
"Our goal was to make a record that is raw, bare and honest" says frontman Thomas Calder.
The result is a kind of moody and downbeat grunge rock in which it is clear that something is bugging away at the singer but you never know quite what it is.
The best and most rousing song is the Pavement-like Bad Mistake but this is one of those albums that should be listened to as a whole.
It helps that the playing time is a lean, mean 34 minutes.