Amongst the huge volume of surfer-rock outfits currently pouring out of Geelong, Atolls are leading the pack. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard bass guitarist Lucas Skinner – who you’ll hear on lead vocals here) started Atolls as a side project. After penning couple of demos, he quickly recruited Oli Grinter and Sam Ingles to expand on Atolls’ sound.The fuzz-pop trio now have an excellent debut EP Hair Machine in their mitts, which includes scrubbed up versions of previously released demos ‘Water’, ‘Mumble’ and ‘Worn’.
From the poppy jolt of ‘Mumble’ to the bolder and grungier offering, ‘Worn, Hair Machine will send you on a blissful psychedelic trip. The trio truly excel in laidback, shoegazey guitar work, although livelier tracks ‘Old Rosie’ and ‘Darkness’ will definitely pull you out of the haze .The cover artwork still creeps me out, but it’s a good disclaimer for the audio/visual mind-melt ahead.