THE BAYONETS: King, Country & Title EP
By Kara Segedin
This Auckland four-piece burst onto the scene in 2008 with beautiful lyrics and romantic vocals to cause any young girls’ heart to swoon. The band is Paul Robertson on bass, Phil Austen on vocals, guitar and harmonica, Joel Bremner drumming and Martin Paris at lead guitar. On ‘King, Country & Title’ the guys show off a talent for writing memorable and original songs. They manage to fit infectious pop with the credibility of alternative folk and with flawless execution. Austen’s vocal is one of technical perfection and understated effort. The album was produced by Dave Parker and The Bayonets and recorded, mixed and mastered by Parker at Little Monster Studio. Guest violin from Tamsyn Miller on The River Runs adds a melancholic touch, before switching to a jumpy bridge with staccato bass and drums, then bringing it back to a full rock jumble. Seven Seas takes a whimsical turn with pirates, ships and rum while Ghost is a real sing-a-long with touches of piano, again from Miller. The album comes to a rousing end with Fire, a seemingly mellow track with a pounding ending. The Bayonets will steal your heart.