Come Undone, the forthcoming third LP from Hobart's Lincoln le Fevre & the Insiders, serves as somewhat of a suped-up version of the band's 2012 alt-alt-country album, Resonation. Flirts with the edges of emo and folk-rock remain, but here le Fevre's plainspoken approach partners with an equally straight-shot arsenal of punk throttles and pub-rock fist pumps.
It's a fidelity boost that better compliments the band's balance between refection and revelry, which — much like those of their adopted hometown, Melbourne's Smith Street Band and Ceres — extends beyond simple shifts from loud to quiet and back again.
Opener "Ugly Enough" is thrown from the undirected, diary confessional course by disruptive attempts of grandiose, while on "The Get Go", the inevitable eruption is, while more telegraphed, teasingly led from tense, metronomic thud towards a collapsing conclusion, via vividly sharp imagery ("you wrote your name in condensation") and striking analysis ("was it recklessness or reason?"). Similarly, "Gaslight City" builds from croon to confident clarity, parelled with a near-celebratory composition, serving as the perfect lead in for "Alone at the Back", a right-from-the-gate burst where vocals are backseated for riff-propelled momentum. A rare instance, however, as for the most part, le Fevre's lines — split between self-criticism and recalled scenes — are the centrepiece throughout Come Undone. At best when forced into a more conversational flow by the pop-punk-skewed palette, as with album standout, "Useless Shit", where chant-a-long inclusiveness surrounds his strikingly blunt delivery.
"I knew that I couldn't write an album like Resonation again even if I'd wanted to. I get bored easily," says le Fevre, explaining that the sonic shift — and often restless, deconstructed nature of the LP — also stems from his own life experiences. "The album is about a lot of things, but I think it captures the process of falling apart and putting the pieces back together in a new city."
Come Undone is due July 21st via Poison City, and exclusively available to stream in full from today via Rolling Stone Australia.
Lincoln le Fevre & the Insiders launch Come Undone on Saturday, July 22nd at the Reverence Hotel in Melbourne as part of the venue's fifth birthday celebrations, alongside sets from The Bennies, Mere Women, Bench Press, Rad Island and Baseball. Following which the band will play a run of headline shows through August and September.
Lincoln le Fevre & the Insiders 'Come Undone' Tour
Friday August 4th: Crowbar, Brisbane
Friday, August 18th: The Gasometer, Melbourne
Friday, August 25th: Republic Bar, Hobart
Saturday, August 26th: Royal Oak, Launcheston
Friday, September 8th: Transit Bar, Canberra
Saturday, September 9th: Lass O'Gowrie, Newcastle
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