Hey Geronimo – Crashing Into The Sun

Chugg Music/Inertia | 2016

Crashing Into The Sun, the much anticipated debut album from Hey Geronimo, is a brew of pure pop and rock bliss. The five-piece we have come to know from their viral videos for iPhone games in real life (‘Why Don’t We Do Something’) and the world’s greatest puppet chase (‘Dreamboat Jack’) has been on the scene for well over three years. Two solid EPs later, their debut release contains some, but not all of, our favourite gems.

The new additions alongside the ‘classic’ track, ‘Carbon Affair’, and the more recent but rock-and-roll ‘Boredom’, include ‘Bermuda’ and ‘Bake A Cake’. The former is a serious ballad about a car ending its life in the ocean, the latter being a fun jam literally about baking a cake. ‘Bermuda’ gives off the same visuals that The Beatles’ ‘Octopus’ Garden’ does – though the lyrics are almost deliberately pessimistic in comparison. It’s still a beautiful listen, written by Hey Geronimo’s guitarist Ross Pearson.

‘Millions Of Miles’ sounds like something off The Beatles’ album Abbey Road, an intro or short track that leads into the next, which in this case happens to be our favourite ‘Lazer Gun Show’. The powerful and fast-paced pop number is followed by the track that also named the album, ‘Crashing Into The Sun’. It’s a light, summery song with cheery lyrics, an energetic bass line and jangly guitar riffs. ‘India’, likely inspired by the band’s trip to India at least a year ago, is a splendid match alongside ‘Boredom’. Despite its seemingly murky and funky start, it has a real hips-swinging-from-side-to-side feeling in the chorus.

Pete Kilroy’s vocals stand out in ‘One Way Driver’, another Beatles-esque track complete with some very funky synth sounds. Slightly staccato in some spots, especially its verses, it serves to bring out the vocal harmony in the bridge. The interesting take on this track is very different from what fans would have heard at live shows. It has seen a varying enactments live, and the experimental nature of the album version seems to allude to this.

‘Bake A Cake’ is certainly the quirkiest track of the lot, but the most catchy. Hey Geronimo are no stranger to hand-claps, and the chorus is full of them. The bridge contrasts starkly to the rest of the song, making it quite special.

We are no strangers to ‘Carbon Affair’ and ‘Finale’, the latter famously being about dying in a nightclub fire (the story gets a little laugh at live shows). If you listen to the album chronologically from beginning to end, it sounds like an incredible mixtape of songs you already know, songs that sound like they were inspired by a bygone era, and songs that sound like nothing you have ever heard before.

Hey Geronimo is like mixing all your favourite cereals, putting way too much milk in, and trying to finish it before it gets soggy. You are going to love Crashing Into The Sun, and if you haven’t yet seen the band live, toss them on your hit list. Crashing Into The Sun is a simply splendid hit.

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