Reviewing Aussie hip-hop is not something I do very often, so when I do you’d be correct in assuming I was pretty impressed. Sydney all-girl band SHE REX‘s current single “Power” has been receiving its fair share of radio play over the past couple of months, but seeing them live recently really tipped the scale for me. With a number of solid local support slots already, the four-piece’s electrifying stage presence is bound to see this positive trend continue.
Listening to SHE REX, I’m instantly transported back to my younger years, when Rage Against the Machine were consistently one of my favorite acts. That mix between heavy rock and hip-hop is right there, beginning with the pin-point percussion of Tash Adams, which creates a solid platform to build on. From there, the band’s other founding member, vocalist Nikkita Rast, lets rip with her powerful lyrics atop a soundscape of shredding, dirty guitar and mysterious keys/synth (Darcie Irwin-Simpson and Sarah Julliene, respectively).
I’m really excited to hear more from these gals, and with a new EP out shortly, it doesn’t sound like I’ll have to wait for too long. I’m a massive dinosaur fan too, so definitely a few extra points to the girls for their name.