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Gyroscope: Midnight ExpressMidnight Express (2003)
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Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: bemusedbemused
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I don't think there is anything more exciting in music then watching a young band grow. Australia's Gyroscope is one of those bands that I have seen develop from a small, basement band, into a popular indie rock band which has had several top 10 singles on Australia's most popular alternative radio .
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I don't think there is anything more exciting in music then watching a young band grow. Australia's Gyroscope is one of those bands that I have seen develop from a small, basement band, into a popular indie rock band which has had several top 10 singles on Australia's most popular alternative radio station Triple J.

"Midnight Express" is Gyroscope's second EP (or 3rd if you count a privately distributed EP) and the follow-up to 2002's "Take Time". It is without doubt their best effort to date. In such a short time Gyroscope have forged a loyal following, especially in hometown Perth, and developed their own unique sound.

Gyroscope's sound is quite difficult to describe. Despite hailing from the punk scene, the band has evolved into more of a rock band. The guitar sound is always very full and quite chunky, with hard hitting drums and lyrics that are reminiscent of many alt rock bands. Probably the best comparison I can make to Gyro's sound is Boy Sets Fire (think "My Life in the Knife Trade") or Sparta. But even this is a stretch.

"Midnight Express" begins with the hard rock opener "The Lesser Me". A cool vocal effect and the constant repetitive lyrics, sung with such passion, make this a real highlight. The next two tracks "Fire Away" and "Midnight Express" are just fantastic rock tunes, the type that you would get in your car and drive to on a Sunday afternoon. The fourth track "Sharp Words" then slows the pace down a bit. It begins with just Daniel Sanders heartfelt vocals, over an acoustic guitar, before building up into a rocking chorus where the singer repeatedly cries out "I can't breathe". The final two tunes, whilst not as strong as the first 4, close out a fine EP.

I thoroughly recommend checking this band out via their site, where they have made several MP3s available. Also, be on the lookout for their debut album which is due to come out early next year.

 

 
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Anonymous (April 1, 2005)

i love cock, and gyroscope kick ass, they can lick my hairy nuts anyday yeah fuck yeah, check out the band called dwinton at www.dwinton.tk. They are fucking awesome!

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

isn't australia part of california now?

Anonymous (January 12, 2004)

To the guy below

No. Just no.

Anonymous (January 9, 2004)

the dismemberment plan song called gyroscope is far superior than this band or anything by in flames

Anonymous (January 9, 2004)

If a band is from Australia the only song they should be singing is "Who Can It Be Now".

Anonymous (January 9, 2004)

In Flames best cd is Whoracle.

PetroBPettson (January 9, 2004)

I think Steve is great, but nothing compared to the Wild Boys. Chris Pontius makes me question my sexuality. Have you ever had a Blue Raspberry Jolly Rancher? I didn't even know they existed 'til today. Pretty good though. I found Mr. Show season 1 and 2 on DVD for $20 today. David Cross is hilarious! The Laffy Taffy in my pocket melted. Oh well. It's REALLY cold out....but not as cold as two days ago when it was REALLY REALLY REALLY cold out. The "Marble Rye" episode of seinfeld was on today. I watched it in my girlfriend's bedroom while she was in the shower. Beef-a-reeno! I made a cartoon about a suicidal robot today. One of my best friends is moving to Florida tuesday, and the next tuesday, one of my girlfriend's best friends is moving to Colorado. I wanna move to Detroit. Well, time for bed.

FortyMinutesWest (January 8, 2004)

Steve Erwin has nothing to do with In Flames, stay on topic!

Anonymous (January 7, 2004)

listen all... steve irwin should be shot.... ne one who takes this stereotypical view of australians because 1 dickhead like playing with crocs dont believe it as truth.... find some fact b4 u say shit about australia.... and back 2 the topics, gyroscope arnt the greatest but still do wat they do well... nuf said

Bleeder (January 6, 2004)

1. I am Australian

2. Sarcasm is a wonderful thing.

Anonymous (January 6, 2004)

oh that's right, i did say we were all proud of steve irwin for doing that didn't i... lighten up fuckstick!

Anonymous (January 5, 2004)

now there's something to be proud of

-bemused-

Anonymous (January 5, 2004)

hey "bleeder"... we don't say shit like "gee willikers", jump on kangaroos or hang out at billabongs down here 'mate'... we just dangle our babies in front of crocs!! don't u watch the news wang? oh yea, gyroscope are ok too. but seriously our steve irwin just took your fuckwit crown off michael jackson!

Bleeder (January 5, 2004)

Gee willikers, better jump on my kangaroo and head down to the billabong and check it out!

FortyMinutesWest (January 5, 2004)

In Flames rocks, and I think I hear a dingo eating your baby.

Anonymous (January 5, 2004)

He is right guys in flames is important and should be continued to talk about.

Anonymous (January 5, 2004)

Quit changing the topic from In Flames, you assholes.

FortyMinutesWest (January 5, 2004)

"shut the fuck up u dumbass yanks... when ur band is getting a cd reviewed inanother fucking country go ahead and knock them.. but until then... Shut the fuck up.... ok this band aint the greatest in OZ.. but they still kill it live but... americans can go suck cock.. cos that is wat your all good 4
they arnt trying to be "punk" so who gives a shit wat theyare... if u want to criticise them, do it because of the right reasons, not because uve never heard em b4 or don fit into ur category of wateva the fuck u listen 2... think b4 u say"

I don't speak Australian.

Anonymous (January 5, 2004)

Awesome. The first time i saw these guys was in Perth, AUS where they tore up the place. Its a great album from a great band.

Pete (Sheffield, UK)

Bleeder (January 4, 2004)

The poster 2 below this post does not speak for all Australians.

I hope...

Edgie (January 4, 2004)

What in the fuck are you talking about? I see no one throwing random flames around because they're from Australia. Infact, I see hardly anyone knocking them at all. Really now, who gives a shit where they're from?

Anonymous (January 4, 2004)

shut the fuck up u dumbass yanks... when ur band is getting a cd reviewed inanother fucking country go ahead and knock them.. but until then... Shut the fuck up.... ok this band aint the greatest in OZ.. but they still kill it live but... americans can go suck cock.. cos that is wat your all good 4
they arnt trying to be "punk" so who gives a shit wat theyare... if u want to criticise them, do it because of the right reasons, not because uve never heard em b4 or don fit into ur category of wateva the fuck u listen 2... think b4 u say

Anonymous (January 3, 2004)

In Flames rocks my socks.

GreenVandal (January 2, 2004)

All right this is getting confusing....

FortyMinutesWest (January 1, 2004)

In Flames isn't from Australia, silly!

Bleeder (December 31, 2003)

How did this turn into an In Flames appreciation thread??!

Gyroscope are the best up and coming band in Australia at the moment, there is no question about it. Awesome live sound and towering stage presence. Definately a band to keep an eye on for the future.

FortyMinutesWest (December 31, 2003)

Oh, but their cover of Strong and Smart by No Fun At All is still bad ass.

FortyMinutesWest (December 31, 2003)

The last In Flames album wasn't that great...

Anonymous (December 31, 2003)

yeah. this band can suck my nuts.

In flames is pretty good I think....I cant remember, all these damn bands ahve to many similar names.

Anonymous (December 31, 2003)

This score is for the band Gyroscope not by In Flames.

Anonymous (December 31, 2003)

This score is for the song Gyroscope by In Flames.

Anonymous (December 31, 2003)

shit

Anonymous (December 30, 2003)

Hooray.

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