On the back of their acclaimed 2005 debut EP "Chase", The Open Season spent the next 18 months sharing stages around the country with some of Australia’s and USA’s finest. Their unique brand of melodic Aussie rock regularly found the airwaves, with a highlight being voted as one of Triple J’s Short Fast Loud Top 40 releases for 2005. Never ones to shy away from a challenge, the band returned to the studio late 2006 to record their follow up EP 'Before We Start' once again with respected producer and engineer, Darren Thompson. The boys found their feet with this; 5 thumping anthems and a recording that topped the success of their first release.
The Open Season played their last show on Friday 29th February 2008 at Fowlers Live - Adelaide.

Steve - Vocals / Guitar | Trav - Drums | Damo - Bass | Jez - Guitars / Vocals

Chase Before We Start

Pee Approved Vol. 3 (Pee Records)
The New Breed (D Star Records)
Pee Approved Vol. 4 (Pee Records)



Subba-Culture.com UK Webzine
THE OPEN SEASON - Before We Start
Stadium minded rock of high quality, With Emo flourishes, Grunge melancholy and a Modern Pop-Metal sheen, well worthy of your dedication…

dB Magazine
THE OPEN SEASON - Before We Start
With their second disc, the five-track EP 'Before We Start', The Open Season again prove themselves to be worthy of more than local status, as they continue on their merry way producing music that stands out from the ever-burgeoning punk/hardcore scene as easily some of the best rock Adelaide has to offer. It is by no means earth-shattering; it's not even that much of a step up from their first disc, 2005's 'Chase'. It does, however, bear all the hallmarks of a band ready to jump onto the national stage.
The Open Season have shrugged off the emo cliches that plagued some of 'Chase', and without those paltry screams they sound even more confident. 'Before We Start' neatly reflects more recent trends in Australian rock - Gyroscope, After The Fall, et al - and is pulled off with a well-versed maturity. The songs aren't as catchy as before - there's nothing anywhere near as exhilarating as Never Forget here - but they're tighter, more assured. Blinded By Tradition is pretty typical fare, but doesn't wander as Never Forget did in its last coda; The Sun From Both Sides nicely plays with dynamics to brilliant effect; What Is Real's piano outro is genius; and closer Jimmy Hats is one of the best songs the band has penned, structurally interesting and driven by an uplifting gang vocal. The Open Season blend riveting guitar lines, forceful dynamics and straight-up honesty into a cohesive whole, with singer Steve McGrath's unashamedly Australian accent shining through on every track, which only goes further towards putting an A-Town stamp of pride across the band's work. Onwards and upwards, I say, onwards and upwards!
Matt Vesely

PEE Zine #40
THE OPEN SEASON - Before We Start
After its debut EP “Chase”, Adelaide’s The Open Season has finally returned with “Before We Start”. It’s a shame there are only five songs on this offering, especially since The Open Season has refined its sound brilliantly on this disc, showing the maturity of a band that has got a few more years under its belt. Opening track “Blinded By Tradition” is a great rock song, rivalling latest offerings from Gyroscope, Kisschasy and After The Fall, while “What Is Real?” is an absolute corker of an energetic rock song with a Matchbook Romance vibe. All in all, The Open Season has delivered five great tracks the quartet can definitely be proud of. I look forward to a shitload of shows and a full-length release.

PEE Zine #40
THE OPEN SEASON - Before We Start
After hearing this bands debut release ‘Chase’ in 95’, I stated that one of the best things about that release was the simple fact that it was the bands first… meaning many more great releases from The Open Season to come. ‘Before We Start’ is The Open Season’s second EP and certainly upholds my initial prediction of this Adelaide 4-piece. What seemed like an eternity between this here release and the last, The Open Season have simply put together an Ep featuring 5 possible chart topping punk rock anthems. Not one track is disappointing and it appears as though this young band have found their footing and have established a distinct, notable and mature sound between releases. Once again, the inspiring Aussie accent of vocalist Steve McGrath is compelling and just one of many great traits this band displays, not succumbing to the wrath of US influences as many Aussie bands do. Track 1 ‘Blinded By Tradition’ is by no means the most gripping track on the CD, though for those of you, like me, overwhelmed and extremely impressed by the bands debut, ‘Blinded By Tradition’ is the perfect introduction to the bands subtle change in sound and style. Track 2 ‘Don’t Believe In Goodbyes’ is an emotionally driven powerful anthem that could easily be compared to the likes of Kiss Chasy, Gyroscope, After The Fall and others alike. This track along with the remaining three could easily top the local charts if given the well-deserved and entitled opportunity. Although some may find the tempo of ‘Before We Start’ a tad mundane in comparison to The Open Season’s previous release, it is more than obvious that these guys have a knack for writing and compiling some of the catchiest emotionally driven anthems most bands of this genre could only dream of producing. Track 4 ‘ What Is Real’ is again evidence of the previously mentioned depiction. ‘Before We Start’ is one of the best local releases this year by far. The bands 2005 EP ‘Chase’ was voted as one of Triple J’s Short Fast Loud top 40 release in that year and I don’t doubt for a minute that this new gem will excel the status set two years ago.

Die Shellsuit, Die! UK Webzine
THE OPEN SEASON - Before We Start
With an Australian accent to The Open Season it’s nice to hear something that isn’t Americanised vocals being sung over stadium sized melodic rock. The “sound” to The Open Season is a big honking major label style slickness. The guitars are big, the vocals crisp and the drums pounding along as they damned well should.
“Blinded By Tradition” could break the UK Top 40 if it had the right backing. It’s that certain amount of mass appeal mixed with an underground edge to it that could make it a winner. On the flipside “The Sun From Both Sides” seems like you’ve put a vinyl record in to your record player and put it on at the wrong speed. Not sounding like Pink & Perky, but rather it sounds too slow. If they had sped things up maybe they could have salvaged this track, but it’s annoyingly slow paced. Someone give the drummer a Red Bull for this song.
The Open Season may not make it big in the UK through Pee Records in Australia, but “Before We Start” on the whole is a good effort from the fledgling band and label.
6 / 10
by James Davison.

The Dwarf
THE OPEN SEASON - Before We Start
Adelaide group The Open Season have released their sophomore EP, ‘Before we start’ following the success of their debut album ‘Chase.’
‘Before we start’ is a rollicking, distinctly Australian punk EP, crammed with punk riffs and punk-standard lyrical topics of struggling reality, fighting, disillusionment and generational angst. Self described as ‘patriotic punk’ – but fear not hippies, that doesn’t mean Young Liberal lyrics – The Open Season have really struck a chord of Australian punk fans, in particular in their home town of Adelaide. ‘Before we start’ is, however, a bit of a mixed bag, as if The Open Season haven’t quite settled on their sound yet, but all of the songs are solid, if not exactly creating a punk harmony for the EP.
The first track, ‘blinded by tradition’ is a blistering Australian punk rock ballad, very much in the vein of fellow Australian punk groups ‘After the fall’ and ‘Gyroscope’, both bands which they have supported over the past couple of years.
The second track, ‘Don’t believe in Goodbyes,’ is a lighter affair, more ‘Kisschasy’ than heavier punk, although some of the reliable power chord riffs towards the tail of the song picks up the intensity of the track.
The third and fourth tracks, ‘The Sun from both sides’ and ‘What is real?’ are both distinctly New Found Glory-esque and there is a real chance that ‘What is real?’ could pick up wide-spread radio air time.
The final track, ‘Jimmy Hats’ is different again, a more layered, experimental track, laying off the power chords a little to show some of the genuine musical and lyrical talent of The Open Season.
All in all, a solid second EP which could prove to lead to big things for The Open Season.

THE OPEN SEASON - Before We Start
This band is to punk what After The Fall is to rock.
At least that's what I thought after listening to the first song, "Blinded By Tradition", a softer, slower, heartfelt take on the melodic punk rock. Also, the seeming similarity to bands like Gyroscope must be mentioned. So if you know those bands, and those of that style, then you'll know what you've got here, and you'll probably love it.
The band are by no means new to the music scene is this country, releasing their debut EP in 2005 (Chase), which voted well in Triple J's Short Fast Loud Top 40 for 2005. This follow up EP features five songs that all seem to have that reluctant anthemic quality to them. Also, its a little difficult to tell where the reluctance lies too, as I've always felt a little bit of contempt for the anthem styled song. It often tears me because, I can enjoy them (like The Final Countdown), but sometimes it can feel cheesy and weak (like The Final Countdown). However, that doesn't really happen with these songs. What you get instead is a pack of songs that give you that feeling in your chest, that sort of empowering feeling.
Which leads us (more importantly you, dear reader, as I knew from the get go) to the fact that the lyrics on this EP (and having not heard Chase, I am unaware if this is The Open Season's style, or simply the state of mind when writing this EP) all seem to sound - for lack of a better description - downcast. I've read discussion of the band about the internet, and numerous sources claim they are a bit of a patriotic band. Now, perhaps I've got it wrong, but "Don't Blame Me, I'm Blinded Tradition, It's All We Are" from the song mentioned earlier, sounds actually, anti-patriotism. But maybe it's simply interpretation.
Before We Start, is an honest, emotionally charged, fantastic group of songs that take a soft rock sound, cross it with the pace of melodic punk, and fire it out there. Powerful listening. Wasn't just saying to make some kind of comparison, After the Fall and Gyroscope fans, get into it.
by Ringo
Rating: 92%

Parx-e Web Zine
THE OPEN SEASON - Before We Start
The Open Season are back with their latest release Before We Start. Its more good post hardcore with a dash of punk rock in the fold. It starts off with Blinded By Tradition which is solid melodies and vocals, good musicianship, good solid lyrics and it's really hits the release off well. Don't Believe In Goodbyes has solid vocals,melodies and harmonies. Good solid musicianship and like the rest of the release it is well produced. The Sun From Both Sides is a well written song is a slower song unlike the rest it has great use of piano thru out the track. Good solid melodies and vocals that work well with the track. Good musicianship and good lyrics as well. What Is Real is a great song that is real anthem upbeat energetic music that has good solid melodies, good vocals that really really work well here. Jimmy Hat finishes off the ep well with good solid melodies and vocals and good rhythms and harmonies. It's another song that works well and I could see the radio stations play and yeah good use of backing vocals here. Overall this is a top release worthy of your time.

Argyle Zine - Issue #7
This is a quality debut EP from young Adelaide band The Open Season. The album showcases the bands emo/hardcore/punk influenced brand of melodic rock. Think an earlier and harder Gyroscope (maybe it's just the singer's accent?!) The recording displays faster, rockier and catchier sounding songs (Never Forget) as well as slower, more intense, breakdown ridden songs (Page To Page). The guitars play catchy yet technical riffs over a pounding and versatile rhythm section. The vocalist is strong, production balanced and the overall sound is great for a first release. Thumbs up for this one.

Bizoo Zine - Issue #24
Adelaide’s The Open Season are a melodic pop punk band that has got the back up screamo vocals. The kids in all black hanging around Mc Donald’s wearing The Used T-shirts and eyeliner will kill for this (I hate stereotyping but love it at the same time). Before every second band was doing this I used to dig it, but it’s worn thin. TOS are pretty good at doing that sort of thing, along with strong influences from other Aussie act STR as well as Thursday and Saves the Day. Not really my cup of tea.
Dr Jerm

dB Magazine - Issue #375
After a long period of hardcore/screamo bands dominating the local scene, there's been a bit of a resurgence in just plain emo in Adelaide thanks to bands like Sumi and In Fiction. With a sound harking back to the heyday of Edison and Thinktank comes young group The Open Season, whose debut EP 'Chase' is easily some of the most impressive local emo-product since the aforementioned (and now defunct) acts.
The one thing that has consistently bogged down local acts is an inability to write strong, forceful melodies, and packing the voice to carry them. Not so for The Open Season; opener Never Forget delivers a slam-dunk pop-punk chorus, and vocalist Steve McGrath owns the track - his vocals are sharp, honest, and thankfully delivered in an Australian accent. Combine that with punchy rhythms and some tight, intricate guitar lines, all produced to near perfection by Darren 'Thinktank' Thompson (whose work just gets better and better) and you've got some moments of brilliance across the disc. Sure, it's been done before, but this kind of professionalism is rarely seen in such a young band. But, about two minutes into Never Forget things take a downward spiral, as that chorus disappears and the bands tightly structured songwriting buckles under the weight of melodrama. Hot Pink is better and at just over three minutes it's much more focused, without reaching Never Forget's heights in its chorus. The inexplicably divided Page To Page (Part I and Part II) wanders all over the place, as did this reviewers attention - especially when some totally arbitrary hardcore screaming crept in there! It doesn't suit the band's style at all and too easily lumps them in with an already over-crowded scene. A band that is as clearly talented as this will surely forge their own sound as they continue to play. The Open Season are definitely one band to watch.
Matt Vesely

Keyed Youth Magazine - Issue #1
These four aussie boys have done a great job on this 6 track EP. They bring together some awsome guitar riffs, catchy tunes and strong Australian-accent-vocals to put together a unique mix of post hardcore and rock. For fans of Angela's Dish and Matchbook Romance.Great album!

Blunt - Issue #46
The first thing that grabs you about this release is the production. The levels are loud, vocals dominant and everything is clear enough to discern. Adelaide's The Open Season really seem to know what they're doing, and what they're doing is leading a substantial change in the Adelaide scene alongside acts such as The Hot Lies. Taking a leaf out of a number of musical books by local heroes After The Fall and Gyroscope as well as internationals such as Thursday, Taking Back Sunday and Hawthorne Heights, The Open Season do all they can to meld their influence into an affluent sound. At times it comes across as uniquely Australian, while at others a dominating American sound emerges. There's plenty of potential, but these guys need to spend a bit more time finding themselves. Good to see them out there doing just that though.
Rating: 5 / 10
[Review by Stephen Farrelly]

Shock Records - Reviews
Best freakin aussie punk release I've bought in years. I recommend it 110%! Really impressed ay.
Rating: 11/10
Review By: Karl

Inside Metal
Having personally followed The Open Season's since their short career (a little over a year), I have seen them go from a poorly recorded demo to an EP worthy of radio play. And what a pleasant change it is for just about everyone involved in their music. Having heard a track from them almost a year ago, I knew their unique brand of "no bullshit" heavy Aussie punk rock would get them far. With only one official release under their belt and thus far having successfully landed airplay on national radio and currently in the middle of a national tour, this is just the beginning for a young band that plays fresh, modern music.
Catchy is the operative word when you listen to The Open Season's music. Upon second listen I found myself humming choruses in the shower (not that any of you wanted to know that!). Not to overshadow the rest of the album, standout track 'Page To Page Part I' sums up the band's musical capabilities, with the perfect blend of melodic vocals and heavy, heavy guitar it's a song you have to move to.
Having supported bands like After The Fall, Kisschasy and The Hot Lies whose accomplishments are self evident, The Open Season are easily a more passionate and higher quality band than those who have looked down upon the. In a few years I can see them headlining and playing in front of...well, not millions but a lot more people than they were playing in front of a year ago.
For a 6-track short release there isn't much else to say about music of this quality other than go and hear it for yourself and if there isn't already talk about this band in your town...start talking.
IN SUMMARY: If this is what they can produce on an EP...a full length would be dangerous. Buy this CD!
Rating: 9 /10
[Review by Sam Humphreys]

Bombshell Zine
The list of Adelaide bands to impress continues to grow, you can now see a new flashing light on the radar hovering around the outskirts, call it The Open Season. To give a simple description i'd say you could throw Kisschasy, In The Grey & Trial Kennedy in a packet, these guys would be the flavour sachet. Keen to get in the mix these guys have gone into the ever popular Soundhouse Studios in Adelaide with ex Thinktank member Darren Thompson, who's racking up some fine credits and fine sounds these days. A 6 track EP is the result, an impressive start for these youngsters who also refreshingly seemed to have ignored the 'let's rip off our influences music wise and worry more about fashion than writing' mode that too many new bands slip into. You like an aussie accent singing? These guys have it. You like a good mix of styles represented? These guys deliver it. You like a well structured song full of melody? You guessed it, they deliver. Looks like everything is coming up The Open Season on this release. Well worth adding to your "check out" list.

This 4 piece from Adelaide should be more than proud of this strong 6 track release. The band combine catchy pop hooks with some strong vocals, I know that you are all probably thinking wow that hasn’t been done before, well the thing that stands out is the front man sings with an Australian accent. That is something that is seemingly non-existent in the music scene at the moment.
The only real problem I can find with this 4 piece is that some of the backing vocals are screaming and they play some kind of hardcore/metal riffs. It just seems to standout a lot when the rest of the song is light-hearted vocals over some catchy riffs. A prime example of this occurance is in the 5th track “Page to Page Pt 1”. Though I’m sure all of this can be overlooked if you like the rest of their music.
After all is said and done I can only really praise this 4 piece. With catchy pop-punk style riffs and strong Australian vocals the band should make it somewhat big over here. They do sound a bit like “Saves the Day” so if they are your cup of tea I highly recommend this band.

Parx-e Webzine
The Open Season is an Australian Post Hardcore/Melodic Hardcore band. The Chase happens to be their latest release and it is pretty good. It is extremely catchy as the first song Never Forget shows how good the band is in terms of song structure, song writing and making a song that is catchy and what a good post hardcore song should be. The Empty Promise feels like a melodic hardcore track mixed with a dash of punk pop with catchy lyrics, good song structure and vocals, which are good. Hot Pink is another stand out for me that has good vocals, good lyrics and feels like a melodic rock song and less as a melodic hardcore song and reminds me of one of the songs that Beloved play and is one of the highlights of me. The vocals remind me a lot of the singer from Kiss Chasy. It also shows their song writing skills are good throughout the song. Again is another great song that is also more melodic rock with a dash of post hardcore and is a pretty catchy song that gets you singing a long. It is a good song that rivals what overseas bands do. Page To Page Part 1 is a good honest Post Hardcore track that is damm good that has everything in the right place. Good vocals, good song structure and good melodies and also shows that these guys know how to a write a good post hardcore/melodic hardcore track which rivals the American counterparts. I like it how it flows onto to Part 2 which is good and is more and less the same as Part 1 but that is good a thing. I think these guys have produced a good EP, which rivals what the American counterparts do. So instead of an America band why not give The Open Season Chase EP a chance. You won’t be disappointed

In The MEANtime Zine
The simple fact that this band has been snared by the almighty palms of Pete Pee is all that has to said to warrant this CD being fantastic… and fantastic it is! Adelaide’s The Open Season is finally the band that’ll bring out the Aussie patriotic punk in all of us here, and for all of you internationally, brace yourselves for one of the greatest Aussie emotive post hardcore punk releases ever! After The Fall and Kiss Chasy do this well, Bullet The Blue Sky did it a hell of a lot better but this young four-piece far excel them all in every way possible and will no doubt emerge as a premier Aussie outfit with this debut release ‘Chase’. ‘Chase’ features 6 incredible tracks, all of them with amazing and inspiring Aussie accented emotional vocals, post hardcore melodies and hard driven riffs. Tracks such as ‘Never Forget’, ‘This Empty Promise’ and track 5 ‘Page To Page Part 1’ will sit you back in awe of their density and dominant post hardcore influences and driving rhythms, whereas track 4 ‘Again’ is simply compelling and a softer side of The Open Season. Track 3 ‘This Empty Promise’ is the best of both emotive aspects; soft and drawing verses with a driving, dense and inspiring chorus. All of this is honestly so awesome and so fitting to a great label and it’s ever-growing roster. The greatest thing about ‘Chase’ is this CD is the bands first of what I hope will be barrage of many more as great as this one to come.

PEE Zine #35
I have to say, when I recieved this CD I was absolutely fucking terrified I wouldn't like it. I almost asked Pete not to make me review it because I didn't want to be nasty, but I didn't want to be a kiss-ass either. I finally manned up and listened to the disc, and realised that it was all going to be okay because I didn't hate it. While The Open Season aren't pushing any boundaries on their debut EP, they do what they do a hell of a lot better than their peers. The young Adelaidians could be the product of an affair between Silverstein and Trial Kennedy - they've got that radio-friendly metal/rock (or, as the kids call it, "screamo") sound fronted by an unabashed Australian accent. The arrangement and production are both top notch, and I'd be really interested to see these guys live as I'm not sure they gave it enough balls in this recording. As long as the trend stays afloat, The Open Season are set. However, the boys are obviously talented and have great writing skills - if they work on creating a more distinctive sound for themselves they could last well beyond the fad.