By Kate Foster
Promising all the fun of nipping into your brotherís room and playing on his drum kit when heís not home, Coolies unleash a stroppy and snotty little effort for their fourth release. ĎMasterí erupts in a raucous and discordant wall of fuzz thatís fun and irresistibly grunge-laden. These three friends have created a blend of punky, indie quirk that reminds me of The 5,6,7,8ís and the joyous sides of The Pixies or The Breeders. Itís so refreshing to hear completely unpolished Kiwi accents spitting venomously out of the speakers. Fearlessly lo-fi, a real insight into their recording process is synthesised by the barely audible conversation snippets that feature at the beginning of most tracks. Still, not for a moment do Coolies appear to be playing bad or sloppy just for the arty sake of it, rather taking a sharp and strung-out take on their compositions. It was recorded and mixed by new drummer Stefan Neville on reel-to-reel at various Auckland locations, and mastered by Rachel Shearer.