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Album Review

It is assumed that jocks could live from a musical diet of "Who Let the Dogs Out?" and "Song 2" running in a constant loop, but just like any indie hipster wearing a Blondie t-shirt and thick-rimmed spectacles or the encyclopedic music nerd playing a carefully assembled DJ set of songs only he's heard of, even broad-shouldered frat boys need a deep and compelling soundtrack to their lives: for nights of chugging Keystone, afternoons at rugby practice, or mornings trying to get stains out of letterman jackets. Enter Muscles' debut, Guns Babes Lemonade, which is equally appropriate to be played after a touchdown dance as it is a dimly lit club filled with techno snobs.

Naturally it required a young Australian — where the social hierarchy of nerds and jocks doesn't seem as pronounced to an outsiders' eyes — to create an overflowing, irresistibly bouncy electronic record with juvenile, overdubbed shout-vocals about sex and sustenance. "Ice cream is going to save the day," Muscles passionately repeats on "Ice Cream," and perhaps it shows his great mediator skills by selecting such an innocuous subject anyone could agree with, but his power of conviction over layers of vocals (his lead vocals, overdubbed falsettos providing harmonies, and a few random "aws" and "oohs" in the background) is what transforms these seemingly infantile ideas to a series of simplistic, zen-like musical epiphanies. "My Friend Richard's" lyrics sound more like a to-do list written by a six-year old, but is carried by a sinister synth loop and propelled an eager likability. "Letters from Glebe" has an army of overdubbed Muscles' singing in unison and in wild tangents. His knack for overlapping his own vocals not only hides his meagre singing voice, but it reinforces the vocals in a way few electronic musicians choose to do. The real triumph of Guns Babes Lemonade is "Sweaty," an orgiastic call to arms for anyone and everyone to simultaneously hit the dancefloor. The unfettered confidence by which Muscles approaches the object of his affection — literally telling her how awesome and special holding her hand is — seems so obvious and credible coming from the Aussie who permeates the good-natured attitude you've almost come to expect from the Land Down Under. Even more startling is the background repetition of "peace, love, ecstasy, unity, respect," showing how Muscles, underneath his sweat-drenched skin and self-delusional bravado, is really just trying to make dance music as accessible as possible. Who knew a jock would be the first to extend the olive branch to the segmented subgenres of modern dance music? Andrew W.K.-meets-dance music is perhaps the best way to describe the unabashed puppy dog-like positivity behind the message, although Guns Babes Lemonade shows Muscles is already adept at providing a complete, deep dance record.

Customer Reviews

One Man and a Keyboard

I've been waiting for Muscles' album to drop since I first heard "Ice Cream" a year ago. He blends electronic and pop better than most artists or DJs. You can't help but get on your feet and dance. Stand out tracks like "Choclate Rasberry Lemon and Lime", "Muscles I Love You", "My Friend Richard", and the aforementioned "Ice Cream" are simply infectious. I went to a rave in Philly in March and he played an amazing set, even though I think I was the only one there who knew who he was. He stood there in a tiny basement with only a keyboard and some Christmas lights and stole the show. My friend, a strict trance enthusiast, was bowled over and became an instant fan. I never thought as a self-conscious straight man I would ever sing the words "Muslces I love you I want to have your baby," but he is that good. You just want to sing and dance and have a good time when you listen to Muscles, definitely one of Australia's finest exports. Snatch up this album before your friends so you can rub it in their faces that you discovered "the next big thing" first or if you just want to listen to some great new music. In case you're still skeptical. If you like Chromeo, MSTRKRFT or Daft Punk, Muscles will be right up your alley. He doesn't particularly sound like any of those artists, but he captures that same energetic vibe. Also check out other artists on Modular, Muscles' label. Modular has some of the best new/unknown artists right now.

Aussie Aussie Aussie. Oi Oi Oi.

Now, for the first time casual listener to electronic music such as this, Muscles may seem like a real sophmoric and somewhat mediocre attempt at the rapidly emerging electro-rock-pop scene of today. However, the Aussie's keen sense of melodic layering and smooth electronic pulse turns each ballad into a story of the life of an Aussie searching for, well, guns, babes and lemonade. Though the lyrics may at first seem a bit over the top with rhymes such as "He could have a kife, stab me in the gut, bleeding on the floor, should have kept my mouth shut." and "Hey Muscles, I love you, I want to have your babies.", after a listen or two, all the constant Aus related "Woooo's!" and "Ahhhh's" become quite irresistable. Muscles' debut album, "Guns, Babes and Lemonade" truly solidifies itself as a party in itself, whose lyrical and melodic arrangment serve as a real pick me up to any free-floater. Highly recommended for any electronic music listener, enthusiast, party goer, or anyone in search of a good party to attend. Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi!

fresh and fun

my hand slipped into your hand, and it AWESOME! and you were SPECIAL!


Born: 2006 in Australia

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '00s

A one-man dance music act begun in 2006, Muscles first made waves with the summer 2007 singles "Sweaty" and "Ice Cream." Similar in scope and sound to the anthemic Andrew W.K. but maintaining an almost indie/emo take lyrically, Muscles released his debut, Guns Babes Lemonade, in 2007. An almost entirely Australian...
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