Based in Sydney, Australia, the Saba Brothers is made up of Raymond Saba (Guitar, Vocals), Steven Saba (Drums, Vocals) and Nathan Saba (Bass, Vocals). Formed in 2010 when its members were between the ages of 6 and 11, the trio started in their living room playing covers and originals, as they built their reputation among family, friends and fans. Their taste for tight, lean, rhythmic, and melodic alt-rock and pop, spill over into their own music. Their songs captivates with clever guitar licks, rolling basslines, tasty and powerful drumming, and their interesting use of harmonies behind the lead vocals. So many of their songs are immediately memorable and catchy. And their latest release “Boomerang”, expected to release June 7, is no exception to the rule.
The song jumps out of the gates with a crunchy, overdriven guitar riff, and a stop-start rhythm section, quickly giving the track a highly impacting intro. At once you realize that the Saba Brothers have added real weight and grit to their sound.
As soon as the vocals slide in, it’s also clear that they haven’t lost their melodic slant, as the lead vocal carries a smooth ear worm tune which turns into a catchy anthemic chorus. This is probably the band’s most immediately recognizable, and hard-hitting track so far, which is also embellished with a killer guitar solo.
The band are young enough to have the energy and excitement of youth, and the experience of veterans, and it shows. The Saba Brothers is the kind of band that is very hard to stop listening to once you’ve heard a few songs, and “Boomerang” showcases all the reasons why – a cross-firing angular guitar, an earworm vocal delivery, relatable lyrics, and firework drumming.
The Saba Brothers explode out of the speakers with a cool intensity that mainstream music has lost, as they fire on all cylinders. Thoughts rush along, powered forward by Steven’s drumming, pulled skyward with Raymond’s racy guitar lines and thickened up with Nathan’s rich bass.
“Boomerang” is a 5 star single, with crisp production values and a band performing like a finely tuned racing car; weaving, speeding up, and slowing down with almost unimaginable haste and ease. Furthermore, there is nothing superficial about the sound, the music, or the lyrics.
“Boomerang” is a remarkably mature, expansive record. It’s clear that the bar had been set high on this recording, and the Saba Brothers allowed their deep-ingrained, cunning potential to burst forth. The result is an addictive, and pulsing record, with measured, potential chart-topping pop bombast.
Some bands explode into our consciousness with a flurry of publicity and a barrage of pop missiles. Others creep up on us with a catalog of good music which keeps evolving and getting better. The Saba Brothers fall into this latter category.
They can wind up their sound and let it bang with precision, but they also know when to stretch out and let the melody take over. “Boomerang” confirms The Saba Brothers status as an essential young band and showcases how exciting rock music is still capable of being right now.