- The Earthmen have lived the rock myth for the past five
years, unfortunately lately it's been more myth than rock. Tellingly, there's only two
'Men at work these days, but it seems the strongest have survived. Cunningly snapped up by
Warner, Scene Stealer comes out of nowhere and straight into your head, all Boo
Radleys-esque hooks and energy. B-sides Call My Name and American Music Club's Kathleen
are surprisingly lively for a band long presumed dead.
- Beat (Melbourne) , 6 March 1996, Cameron Adams.
- The neat pop rock of Scene Stealer is the Earthmen's
first outing as a new signing to Warner Music. It's melodic and infectious.
- In Press (Melbourne), 20 March 1996, L.B. Birmingham.
- Melbourne and The Earthmen have hit the 'Indie' big time
with the release of their three track mini CD Scene Stealer. The CD is the first on
The Earthmen's new label East West, and demonstrates an engaging mood swing between pure
pop and sublime melancholoy from songswriters Nick Batterham and Scott Stevens.
- The title track Scene Stealer bounces along to a
buzzing guitar melody that would even make Rupert Murdock crack it for a smile! There is a
hint of late eighties Britpop (a la Housematins) somewhere in this track but not to the
point of being overly retro. Call My Name is much more sombre and features the
wistful and understated vocals of Scott Stevens while Kathleen gets even moodier
with its sixties acoustic sensibilities, subtle use of cello and spooky low level guitar
- Planet Magazine, March 1996. James Gardener.
- A welcome taste of what's to come on the new album. Scene
Stealer is clean pop - with the pretty harmonies that have presented themselves as a
permanent trait of the band. Title track has the class of Ride's Twisterella with
trademark Earthmen vocals all over it. Call My Name is a softer sweeter song with
pretty guitars and Kathleen (a Mark Eitzel song: American Music Club) has some
haunting echoes and clocking ticking effects, a home recording classic. Very impressive
for their return to the scene.
- Form Guide (Melbourne), April 1996, Louisa.