My local dealer, record dealer that is, Chris Dunn from The Edwards Shop here in Newcastle grabbed me over the weekend to tell me about Introvert. ‘What? You haven’t heard of Introvert?’ The man has had his finger on the pulse of Australian independent music for more than 30 years, so when he tips you something you listen. The opening riff in ‘Everything Is Different Now’ reminds me of a Joey Santiago riff, very Pixiesque before revealing influences of bands like Basement and Daylight. The songs are well written with Audie Franks’ voice strong out front mixing bursts of angst amongst open space and freedom. The obviously sincere emotion is channelled perfectly and everything is thoughtfully placed without waste. Engineered by Mitta Norath, the production is big and sonically this collection of songs sound as good as anything their contemporaries are releasing on much larger budgets. By all reports, there is a lot of interest surrounding the band with labels and management already sniffing around, and rightly so. Believe the hype, Introvert are the real deal and ‘Old Taste’ is all the evidence you need.