Aussie band The Party Dozen start their second album Pray For Party Dozen with the song World Prayer and it is a cracker. The frenetic drumming of Jonathan Boulet and the searing sax of Kirsty Tickle intertwine in this frenzied relentless cathartic release. Party Dozen are mainly instrumental band. Think of the The Dirty Three and US band Morphine but sped up.
Auto Loser, my favourite track on the album, starts with a slow menacing Peter Gunn theme rhythm which builds and builds. This is an album that should be played loud, it is noisy, intense and brooding. The best example of this is the track Play the Truth and it would be the perfect end to any live set.
Dead Friends with its menacing organ and drums is wonderful manic track and Gun Control is just glorious with its distorted guitar, drums and staccato vocal changing to sax for the last half of the song.
Party Dozen were very impressive at Womadelaide only two months ago and their live set on Isol-Aid (an online concert festival broadcast from peoples houses) was fantastic.
The original east coast June tour dates have been rescheduled to November. Lets hope that Adelaide get to see them soon after so we can hear this splendid release live. They would have been perfect for Day of Clarity but sadly I can not see that happening this August due to COVID-19.
Album Review By Richard De Pizzol