Album Review: Stand Atlantic – Skinny Dipping

Aussie pop-punk trio Stand Atlantic have released their debut album this week. 

Out now via Hopeless Records, Skinny Dipping is packed with hooks from start to finish, and lyrics that will let you dive deep into the souls of the Sydney three-piece.

The album follows Sidewinder, Stand Atlantic’s 2017 EP that launched singer/guitarist Bonnie Fraser, guitarist David Potter and drummer Jonno Panichi from Aussie locals to one of the most exciting bands in the underground.

The group’s blend of hard-charged rock and soaring pop melodies has earned them a home on international tours with the likes of New Found Glory, Neck Deep and just this week a UK tour with NY’s State Champs.

With its unfiltered honesty, Skinny Dipping presents ten tracks of authentic stories and huge melodies that will without a doubt propel these three into superstardom.

Album opener Lavender Bones sets the mood for the record. There’s bouncy melodies and anthemic choruses that fit Bonnie’s vocals just perfectly. The following Bullfrog opens with a choral singalong of the track’s chorus before launching into fast-paced guitars. If you’re not dancing around with this album turned up loud, you’re doing it wrong.

Title track Skinny Dipping finds Bonnie coming to terms with her sexuality, fighting through a haze of self-doubt en route to a celebration of her true identity. “Skinny dipping can be seen as an innocent thing you do for fun,” she explains. “But at the same time, you’re naked and vulnerable and exposing yourself to anything in there. There are things in life I sometimes feel are either unimportant or something I shouldn’t be talking about. It can be so isolating to be truly honest, but to have people accept you is so freeing.”

Cigarette Kiss takes things back a notch as one of the most beautiful songs on Skinny Dipping. As we get to Lost My Cool, Stand Atlantic take us into a three-song storyline about a failed relationship and the heartbreak that being open brought on. Continued in Toothpick and Burn The Afterthought, you can truly feel the heartache in the melodies and vocals, making these tracks perfect examples of the previously mentioned brutal honesty the trio provide on their debut.

It’s what the band experienced firsthand while writing Skinny Dipping, as they worked to amplify what fans and critics around the world loved about Sidewinder while still pushing forward to break new ground, remaining true to themselves the entire way.

As the huge sounding Roses closes out the record, it becomes obvious what makes Stand Atlantic stand out – an unmistakable sound with lyrics from the heart that resonate with their fanbase.