In what is going to be one of the most hotly anticipated independent releases on the Summer, Brisbane’s favourite indie popsters Intercooler are proudly embracing their past and looking bravely forward to the future with their new long player. Time To Let Go is on the horizon for September.
In New York recently, they rated Brisbane as one of the cities to watch for new music. Is it too much to suggest Intercooler may be one of the reasons why
Intercooler are doffing a hat to their roots, with Phil Ballantyne & Joel Potter working again with Michael Caso who first played together back in 1992. Augmenting the line-up that set off the whole Intercooler shebang in 2002 are new Drummer Graham, who is known for bashing the skins with Sydney popsters Peabody (filling the void after the departure of former skinbasher Damon Cox, who has been tripping the light fantastic with his new full time project An Horse, of late) and combining forces with singer songwriter Chrissie Trubuco, adding a new rounded pop angle to the band’s guitar sound.
First coming together in 2001, Intercooler have achieved feats that most bands can only dream of. The brainchild of vocalist and guitarist Phil Ballantyne, drummer Damon Cox, guitarist Michael Caso (later replaced by Darek Mudge) and bassist Joel Potter, Intercooler released their first critically acclaimed set, Old School Is The New School, in 2002.
Intercooler went on to play the Big Day Out and Livid festivals in 2003. That same year the band also toured the US and supported Red Hot Chili Peppers and Queens Of The Stone Age. With such a positive response from US audiences, Intercooler headed back to the US in 2004 and 2005 for further tours.
Somewhere amongst all this activity, the boys managed to release their EP Dance Of A Thousand Promises. This was also a hit, spending 41 weeks in the top 20 of the Australian Independent Charts. Add to this the track “All Coming Back to Me” being added multiple TV shows such as the series ’10 Things I Hate About You’, “DeGrassi High, 90210 and more, it was clear Intercooler had made their mark.
2006 saw the boys play the Big Day Out again and produce their second album, Forever Or Whatever in 2007, which was lovingly overseen by Magoo (Midnight Oil, Regurgitator, Butterfingers), that saw the band evolve their style and cement themselves in the hearts and minds of the Australian indie pop – loving public.
What Intercooler is peddling should be made illegal, because kids across the country are going to get addicted to their sizzling pop hooks.
Time Off Magazine
Intercooler have set their sights high, and any music fan should be happy with the results.
ALL COMING BACK TO ME
WASTED MY DAY
IF I TRY
GOODNESS OF THE GIRL
…It is a credit to Intercooler that they have recorded an album which is fresh and devoid of rock cliches. This is an album which gives the listener the impression that Intercooler are having fun doing their thing and recording their music. This feeling easily transfers itself to the listener and makes the album a rewarding and enjoyable listen. A solid debut album from a promising young band.”
- Drum Media, Sydney.
“…The album is packed to the rafters of power pop gems, which will later become classics in time with strong hooks and lyrics showcasing great depth with their songwriting and infectious melodies.”
- Rip It Up, Adelaide.
“Intercooler’s strength is in their diversity – their set moves seamlessly from full bore rock’n'roll to beautiful melodic pop to country-tinged numbers – and they revel in every moment.”
- Time Off Magazine, Brisbane.
“These Brisbane boys have vocal style aplenty, delivered in wailing backing vocals, straight faced and charming lead melodies, and plenty of unexpected detours. It’s dense and bombastic like The Who rather than sinewy like The Stones, but definitely delivered with a relish of the attitude and panache of that era. And such confidence is something worth bottling (or in this case recording).”
- Inpress Magazine, Melbourne