The Belligerents

"Science Fiction"

(Sony); (Pop)

By ​Phil ​Bennett

There’s definitely something in the Queensland water.

Hailing from Brisbane, the city that spawned the Go-Betweens, The Saints and The Veronicas, the Belligerents’ debut is a glorious magical mystery tour that blasts through the airwaves like a psychedelic sonic seducer.

Self-produced in a hideaway studio nestled on the white sandy beaches of Hamilton Island, Science Fiction is a wonderfully realised creation of mini masterpieces that are delectable from first listen and get tastier with each morsel.

There are at least a half dozen top notch hit singles in here – perfectly succinct slices of pure pop wizardry presented in an array of sparkly gossamer touches.

There’s Caroline with its fabulous endless chorus line, Sleeping For Days with its breathy, hushed dream-like quality, and Less And Less with its tidal wave washes of overlapping sounds.

So many head turning moments, like the way Sorry To Say shifts from its mad adrenalin rush into a cascade of vocals, the myriad of small orchestrations that make up Before I Am, and the snaking sitar and keyboard lines that weave their way through Flash before the backing vocals explode in dazzling blasts of colour.

Grand, sweeping indie pop at its most imaginative, Science Fiction is one of this year’s bright, beautiful finds.


​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.