Dick Diver Melbourne, Florida on LP + Download
Dick Diver managed to avoid the dreaded "sophomore slump" with their 2013 album Calendar Days and looked to perfect a "three-peat" with their third album Melbourne, Florida in 2015. Dick Diver started making rumblings in Melbourne in 2008, when the chemistry between guitarists Rupert Edwards and Alistair McKay coalesced with drummer Stephanie Hughes (Boomgates) and bassist Al Montfort (Total Control, UV Race, Lower Plenty).
Melbourne, Florida served as the band's third album in six years time. The group had previously released an EP and two critically acclaimed albums (Calendar Days was nominated for The Age's Music Victoria Awards; the largest public-voted music awards in Australia) on Australian label Chapter Music, but Melbourne, Florida was their first domestic release and first for Trouble In Mind.
Recorded in a former sheep-shearing shed in Apollo Bay, Victoria by Mikey Young, Melbourne, Florida hums with a strident assurance, buoyed by the benefit of the band's four talented songwriters whose singular voices sit comfortably beside each other in the albums 12 tracks. The crack of a snare starts off the lead-track, "Waste The Alphabet" an anthemic, jangling stomper full of bluster and swagger, while other tracks like "Leftovers," "Year In Pictures" and "Percentage Points" yearn with a bookish intensity, complimenting the band's dichotomy of erudite pop smarts and and idiosyncratic approach to composition (see Montfort's charming & disarming "Beat Me Up (Talk to a Counsellor)").
If Dick Diver wasn't already leading the pack of new-school Australian pop, then Melbourne, Florida surely put them in the pole-position.