This Melbourne outfit’s music offers more than a semblance of hope in difficult times; throwing caution to the wind, they leave us dancing until our legs can take no more Think less, do more. This is the punchy philosophy of Melbourne quartet Confidence Man, and courses through the music on their second album. In it, they look to bring us out of lockdown lethargy and lead us firmly onto the dancefloor.
Brisbane, Australia-based Confidence Man may have begun life as a slightly tongue-in-cheek side project but their hyperactive day-glo take on electronic dance-pop certainly found its mark. The collective made up of the masked duo of Clarence McGuffie and Reggie Goodchild and fronted by the incongruously named Janet Planet and Sugar Bones were all staples of the rather more serious Brisbane psych scene at some point (see The Belligerents, Moses Gunn Collective, and The Jungle Giants). But Confidence Man took off in a way that they could never have initially anticipated and they were soon snapped up by legendary UK label Heavenly Recordings.
'Confident Songs For Confident People', the debut album from Melbourne's Confidence Man, was aptly named given its dancefloor-friendly anthems full of come-ons, self-aggrandisement, and put-downs of crap boyfriends. For the follow-up, 'Tilt', they've lost none of their front, but have taken the sound back to early 90s house and big beat. Stand-out track, 'Feels Like A Different Thing', has the kind of huge vocals you remember from classics by acts like Black Box or Dr.