HUSH HUSH BIZ SINGLE REVIEW
Bruce Hwy Elbow
The Bruce Highway is one of the world’s most dangerous highways and known as the ‘Highway of Shame’, the region’s number one crash zone, and Suburbiasuburbia, the musical band of activists from the East Coast of Australia have now immortalised it in song.
Bruce Hwy Elbow is the follow-up to the recently released tracks Swifty Goes to the Shop, Breakdown in the Toll Tunnel, and the band’s debut album, Landfill (2021). The six-minute track features a narrative that reflects the band’s blues-rock energy, a live sound that’s as freewheeling as it is raw. As the band says about the new release, ‘The song is about a couple of environmental sadists who are injured by a tree lopping exercise and hit the highway, driving north in search of something new. They reach a farm only to find a gas drill rigging operation gone mad and the farmer’s property drought-ridden and on fire. As the smoke rises, they meet the owners, who now have nothing. Did running away change anything?’
The band’s distinctive organic rock and roll style, merges enticing, homespun narratives with evocative musical flourishes that take their cues from the rock traditions of the past and reshape them into a rousing blend. Highlighted by a blues-rock base, Bruce Hwy Elbow evolves from an unsuspecting groove into a dynamic showcase of the band’s ability to weave intriguing lyrics into a no-nonsense piece of classic rock. The band, which comprises Tony Townsend (lead vocals), Alan ‘Kroc’ Lyon (harmonica and vocals), Rowie Riot (lead guitar), Noel Gardner (drums), Robbie ‘The Unit’ Dekker (rhythm guitar) and Robbie Jib (bass and vocals), utilise a revitalising cache of musical colours—from the spirited warmth of the harp to the fervour of the guitar work, Bruce Hwy Elbow epitomises the band’s unparalleled style: storytelling heightened by invigorating idiosyncratic rock.