Emperors may no longer be Perth’s best kept secret.
Be Ready When I Say Go gets straight to the point. When Adam Livingston's vocals rise over the dense layers of riffing, you think you've found the climatic chorus of the album already. But then Song Of The Year comes at you, I'm Not Dead holds you down and by the time you get to Plastic Guns you get the message – awesome no-bullshit rock is the only thing on the menu here and it's being served at a frantic pace. Zoe Worrall-James's harmonies add colour and charm to the tunes, especially on Rebecca and Tired Of Winning, and the powerful rhythm section of herself and Dane Knowles provides the sturdiest of foundations throughout.
Without a weak point, Stay Frosty is as solid a rock record as you're likely to hear all year. There are no gimmicks or tricks to Emperors, and it makes them a band you can quickly believe in.
Veterans lead this week's releases with new albums from Tim Rogers & The Bamboos (Album Of The Week) and Daniel Johns plus albums from Ella Thompson, The Vaccines and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.