Album Review – Super Best Friends “Seditious Material”

Riot Records 10 January 2008 6

[Ed: In the first in what we hope to be a continuing series of local album,gig and event reviews; we present Riot’s very own Riot Records with an album review of local Canberra band Super Best Friends.]

Band: Super Best Friends

Album: Seditious Material (2007 Initiate Records)
Rating: (8/10)

In August last year, that band you’d been hearing about all over town, the one you’d wish would finally put out a goddamn recording did so to a rapturous applause at the ANU bar, releasing Seditious Material to the general public. The band began playing together in late 2004, when John Barrington, Matt Roberts and Adam Bridges all made their way to Canberra for separate work and Uni opportunities. They played their first show in Johhny’s hometown of Bateman’s Bay for his 21st birthday, and I’d been seeing Super Best Friends live ever since they completely upstaged my old band at their second ever show at the old Pete’s bar in late 2006. In the ensuing year that it took them to finally put out Seditious Material, I saw the band grow tighter as a hard rock act and start to branch out by incorporating sporadic jams and distracting television static into their eye-glueing live set.

Seditious Material collates the best parts of an SBF setlist, throws in a whole bunch of bizarre samples, and finally establishes all those lefty jokes and political grandstanding that you’ve struggled to hear during their sets. EP opener ‘Spy-Where?’ handles the issue of internet privacy, and Sound Off deals potently with army enlistment and military protocol (‘Small town boy never need no education, barely made my year ten graduation, don’t wanna learn but I’d really like to shoot ya, gonna join the army for a well paid future.’).

The layout of the EP is spectacular, copying a genuine government document down to the letter. You can tell that at least one of these guys has attachments to Parliament House in one way or another. One may wonder if they may get in a spot of bother at some point for using the Coat Of Arms on the cover, but they’d have to get Young & Restless huge for that to happen…

The sound of Seditious Material is a large one. Large, hammering riffs followed up by fiddly licks and drum fills spaced out by bizarre transitions and creative arrangement. The guitar and drum sounds are lacking in some places, but that’s really not something you can complain about on a first release, especially when all the instruments are played so well. The only thing I would really change about the EP is making the vocals a little clearer, as it’s sometimes hard to make out what Captain Johnny B is saying (but I guess that’s why they included the lyrics in the inlay).

The Super Best Friends have lived up to expectations with their debut release, a rollicking, hard-rocking good time for anyone with a penchant for distorted guitars, original songwriting and a political edge.

Next Super Best Freakshows:

11 Jan – Oxford Tavern, w/ Epic Flagon & Against All Odds – Wollongong, New South Wales

12 Jan – Vic On The Park, w/ Epic Flagon & Sniperival – Sydney, New South Wales

19 Jan – Sydney St Cafe, w/ Super Zombie & Epic Flagon – Mogo, South Coast, New South Wales

1 Feb – Greenroom’s 5th Birthday and Grand Re-Opening – Woden, Australian Capital Territory

Buy Seditious Material right here!

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6 Responses to Album Review – Super Best Friends “Seditious Material”
Thumper Thumper 9:19 pm 14 Jan 08

No offence meant Nick.

I see what you mean now by formulated writing.

Keep the reviews coming.


Oh, BTW, if it’s crap, i won’t be sending it 😉

Nickamc Nickamc 6:25 pm 14 Jan 08

Androyd – All the liner notes for the record say is that it was recorded at Initiate Records in Sydney. Can’t find anymore info than that.

Thumper – I’m doing the reviews. Expect about 1 a week. Next week is Julia & The Deep Sea Sirens. Original songwriting as opposed to most Canberra rock bands who write their shit by numbers and expect success, whereas these guys gig like crazy in solid bursts and have the originality in their writing to justify any success that comes their way. If you want to submit cd’s for review, please mail them to

45 Cowper St. Ainsle ACT 2602

And I’ll get to them with priority going to the ones that are mailed in as opposed to albums I’m choosing to review. If it’s shit, don’t expect me to pat you on the back just for sending me a recording however.

Thumper Thumper 1:13 pm 14 Jan 08

original songwriting

As opposed to?

Seriously though, who’s doing the reviews? i’ll have something to send in a few months from the The Feldons.

Androyd Androyd 12:44 pm 14 Jan 08

Which studio was it recorded at? Good to know where local product is being groomed and styled.

KandyA KandyA 3:07 pm 11 Jan 08

podcast on Insatiable Banalaties Sept 06

Typsy McStaggers Typsy McStaggers 1:30 pm 10 Jan 08

These guys are great. Have a listen to JJJ unearthed recordings at or

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