With breakneck rapidity and laudable simplicity, Australian indie punk trio Sad Hill grips the listener by the collar and tells it like it is within a three-minute span on the expertly titled “Mantras For A Failed Academic.”

Each verse is built upon repeating lines being hammered down with the accompaniment of unrestrained instrumentation.

This energy-ridden track emits a similar hardcore edge that would make predecessors like Hüsker Dü proud.