from Faster Louder.com
This Is How To Do Hand Stands For Ants is the debut EP for the Perth boys Hand Stands for Ants. Though you wouldn’t be crazy for thinking they were the next big thing from England. With a sound somewhat like Jamie T or The Arctic Monkeys HS4A manage to write some catchy little numbers with groovy guitar and bass, sing-a-long choruses and some funky beats.
The use of two singers really works for these sings and Bruno’s English accent mixed with James’ Aussie accent gives them a unique and wonderful vocal quality.
The first song, Kind of like a Witch and Dancing is a great way to kick off the EP. It’s short and punchy and shows you what to expect from the rest of the disc. Ghetto Booty will get anyone out of their seats and shaking their booties. This has always been a favourite live track for the boys and they have managed to get their live energy to translate well into the recording.
Next up is yet another dancey little number called River Phoenix which is about being “more fucked up than River Phoenix”. This is the stand out track on the cd and has the greatest ending.
Tuesday Night is a party song about Tuesday nights and is more of a dynamic track which has a brilliant guitar solo. Tuesday Nights is a great weekend anthem, if your weekend starts on Tuesday.
The final song on the EP is an acoustic secret track with the best line; “it’s like seeing a hippy with an iPod on”. This track will have you singing along by the end of the song. You could imagine sitting around a camp fire with these guys singing along with this song.
The only weakness in the EP is in the recording and mixing. The guitars seem too muddy and don’t really blend well with the bass. However this doesn’t really take away from the listening pleasure of the CD, which is still is a great party album full of songs that will have you dancing and singing until their next release.