- The Earthmen's new six track EP takes some listening. It's
definitely not the instant pop magic 'Teen Sensations' was but in the wash-up Sixties Girl
doesn't sit too far behind. The key is they've tried a few different things, like cutting
a plainly brilliant pop song such as 'Figure 8' with whining strings you'll take an
eternity to appreciate. Your first reaction will be that they've ruined some perfect
crackly pop - it'll be some time before the pieces all start fitting together. As for the
other guitar tracks, maybe they aren't as good as some of the gems they've churned out in
the past but then
again for another band they'd be more than acceptable, it's sort of like the brain of the
class only getting a B. 'Tell The Women We're Going' and 'The Language Of You And Me'
further take The Earthmen into new territory and accentuate the chances they've taken on
this EP. The point being that the easy and predictable way out would have
been to come up with another half a dozen or so noisy pop tunes. These acoustic-led tracks
aren't exactly orthodox Earthmen fair, again, it'll take some time before you're thinking
majestic instead of muddled. Sixites Girl is another important and equally impressive
chapter in The Earthmen's evolution.
InPress (Melbourne) 1994. Damian Slevison.