Words: James Frostick
Another week, another killer demo from a rising Sydney band. BB and the Blips dropped a dynamo collection of tracks earlier in the ear, carrying progressive sentiments and anger with the force of a boulder to the chest. A strong statement piece from a group that I hope has plenty more where that came from.
It’s not uncommon for me to be late to the party, but this time I’m criminally behind schedule. Back in the early days of 2018, Sydney’s BB and the Blips dropped a demo that carried immediacy and urgency that was (and is) hard to ignore. Fronted by UK expat Bryony Beynon (who also plays in NASHO) and also featuring members of Tim & The Boys and Basic Human, the crew of malcontents forced their way onto the scene with a speedy, gnashing brand of punk. I don’t know what I was doing while this was causing a frenzy, but here I am – late but elated.
The demo doesn’t mince words – it is direct and too the point and doesn’t skulk behind gimmick. BB screams herself hoarse across six tracks, her vocals rising above the hook-laden cacophony of the Blips, which alternates between a diesel-fuelled grind and a pointed riff-off. BB and the Blips is the kind of ferocious pack you’d stay away from in the playground – they’re likely to steal your lunch money. I’m not kidding, track number one ‘Omnia’ features the lyrics “Just give me your money / I want your money”. I never have much on me, but my pockets are empty after this assault.
The rest of the collection touches briefly on a quick procession of subjects, falling on different points of the bleakness scale. BB throws scorn towards the future (and the penal system) in ‘Corrections’ (“hope is a prison / no more prisons”), Australia’s inhumane treatment of minorities and ‘outsiders’ in ‘Lucky Country’ (“they got it in for me” and “got no hope, postal vote, those stand-up blokes will sink the boats”), and the rise of technology and automation in our everyday lives in ‘Cyborg’. It’s a lot to take in – especially in such a short runtime – but as an early indicator its clear that BB and the Blips have got a lot going for them. This demo is a furnace that threatens to spill fire beyond its confines. I’m looking forward to being present when it does.