Terry – I'm Terry

With I'm Terry, Melbourne four-piece Terry display the sheer prowess of their pop sensibilities and punk aesthetic

Album Review by Adam Turner-Heffer | 11 Sep 2018
  • Terry – I'm Terry
Album title: I'm Terry
Artist: Terry
Label: Upset the Rhythm
Release date: 31 Aug

Over the past few years, Melbourne, Australia's music scene has absolutely exploded with amazing talent. Acts like King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and Terry have carried on the example set by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds as keeping Melbourne's music tradition alive and kicking in exciting and fascinating ways, making it currently one of the world's hotbeds for young talent.

Over the course of their two previous records (2016's Terry HQ and 2017's Remember Terry), Terry have perfected their craft of catchy, intriguing, inventive pop-rock songs with all four members – Amy Hill, Xanthe Waite, Zephyr Pavey and Al Montfort, the latter two of another excellent Melbournian band, Total Control – contributing vocals where appropriate over these highly infectious tunes. Latest album I'm Terry is no different, with the band announcing that "I’m Terry is an expression of a humbling kindness, and 2018 needs more Terry!"

Over the course of ten tracks in 30 minutes, Terry display the sheer prowess of their pop sensibilities and punk aesthetic, with brilliant movers and shakers like The Whip, or the more reflective Oh Helen at the core of it. Jane Roe plays the band's classic trick of male-female doubled vocals hanging over a slow-burner, while tracks like Fortress show a sophistication to their songwriting that is akin to a classical piece. Indeed, 2018 needs more Terry!

Listen to: The Whip, Oh Helen, Fortress