In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “One of the most seminal Australian albums of the 90s.”
At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, Regurgitator’s Unit might be one of the most seminal Australian albums of the 90s. That might seem like I’m getting a little carried away when it comes to a slight, half hour record of what could easily (and lazily) be dismissed as pop pastiche. But it was a stand out, major moment during an era of major moments for alternative, Australian rock. Regurgitator had become festival headlining, local favourites thanks to a series of increasingly alt-radio popular EPs, and their first full length record, Tu-Plang. They could have churned out another set of punky, hip hop infused, experimental rock, and everyone would have been happy. Instead, they took what was a heavily maligned, easy target genre, and went further than just embracing it. They became it, while still sounding totally true to themselves, with Unit.
Unloading with both barrels by opening with the Ben Ely penned I Like Your Old Stuff Better Than Your New Stuff, it’s a concern common to every band who’s ever had to release a sophomore album after a well received debut. But here, Regurgitator didn’t just slightly stray from their expected path. They did a complete 180 from the sounds of the Tu-Plang, and announced it loud and proud with the 80s synth of Old Stuff working as both a declaration of their declaration to do whatever they wanted, and a s middle finger to anyone who wasn’t on board with it. (more…)