Art of Fighting

The Very Strange Year

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Sydney's Art of Fighting dodges would-be grunge and made-to-order romantic comedy themes, coming across as one of the few Australian bands that doesn't seem overly interested in breaking the popular American market. The Very Strange Year, the band's mini-debut, centers on the bleak acoustic pop of Starsailor or the Red House Painters, with a quiet assortment of strange melodies and false endings. It's an unsuspecting example of Australia's developing underground, if not a genuinely emotional one.

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