The origin of the mysterious band name of this young Australian quartet is actually quite unspectacular: Lower Plenty is a district of their hometown Melbourne. Nevertheless, this slight hint of local patriotism is interesting, because Lower Plenty sound more like they came from the Bronx' dirty practice cellars to incorporate the legacy of the most legendary of all New York bands, the Velvet Underground. So gesture and singing remind one of the young Lou Reed: brash, nagging, consciously bored and nothing good in the sense. In addition, the (mostly acoustic) guitars scrape. And the drums are bollering friendly. However, the Australians have something that both Velvet Underground and representatives of the newer New York garage sound like the Strokes are quite lacking in: humour. The songs on "Hard Rubbish" are also stunningly funny. This is exactly what sets the record apart from the numerous other Garagerock works. Of course, they're from Melbourne, not New York. It's easy to forget.
Top track: Strange Beast