Congrats to C.O.F.F.I.N. on their new record Australia Stops stoppin’ me in my tracks this morning!
For the uninitiated… cult heavy rockers that continue on the legacies of Feedtime, Oz’s X, The Angels, hell, even ACDC with big riffs, solos, and social commentary!
The best I’ve heard the band on record I reckon and the best album cover I’ve seen in recent memory shot by Dougal Gorman.
Also have super limited copies of a green and red marble variant with a sticker sheet courtesy of the band.
'Australia Stops' was recorded in January 2023 at The Pet Food Factory studio with producer Jason Whalley (Frenzal Rhomb) behind the desk. A record that showcases a collection of diverse and gripping new works that highlight the band's evolution into more melodious, 1970's Australiana and boogie rock and roll. Frenzied, high-voltage guitars, thumping rhythms, flowing melody and clever, captivating lyrics exhibit an undeniable progression in composition and song-writing, while still unmistakably the C.O.F.F.I.N that fans world-wide have come to worship over their 18 year lifespan.
For those who are no strangers to the Australian highways, 'Australia Stops' may be best recognised as words donned on the back of truck mud flaps. To C.O.F.F.I.N, 'Australia Stops' are words that became a polysemous idea and observation on Australian society, culture, art, politics and progression. "When the city burns up you get out, when the flint hits shot you get down", lyrics roared by drummer/vocalist, Ben Portnoy, a look into 'idle-Australia', our government action (or lack thereof) to social issues and the overarching notion of fear of change in this country.
While the theme 'Australia Stops' poses political questions and ideals, it also synchronously shines light on the eminence of community, the healthy beating heart of art and music, the beautiful landscapes and divergent nature surroundings held dear within Australia. With this, 'Australia Stops' is neither a fully positive or negative elucidation of this country. It is a celebration of the things we are lucky to have, while always trying to encourage and inspire those around us to try and do better.