The word timeless sprang to mind to describe “Hung Up (On You)” but I spiked it. This is an album that’s very much of a time - the mid-to-late ’80s - when this sort of music dominated the record store racks. Bands were reaching back into the ‘60s to select their ingredients and fashion them into something of their own, while unashamedly acknowledging their sources. This sound was all over “alternative/college” radio and regularly “crossing over” (what a shit term) into mainstream consciousness.

The twin guitars of Tony Dyer and Simon Kay spark off each other nicely. Dyer’s vocal isn’t as commanding as Mariani’s or resonant as McDonald’s but does the job very nicely. Baty is drumming as well as ever and Dave Hine’s bass-lines are sympathetic to the melodic songs.

The songs: They’re good ‘uns. Think a bit of the Smithereens, dollops of The Plimsouls, some Big Star without the soaring harmonies, and lashings of The Paul Collins Beat. Jangle and pop hooks, straight-up production with a few rough edges left on.

The tunes range from the classic jangle pop of “Train at 8” to the sharp, Who-like power chording of “Is She? There’s the forthright guitar statement of “I’m Ready” and the rollicking “First Kiss”. The wistful “I Couldn’t Change” proves to be the exception and not the rule.

There should always be a place for rocking garage pop. There's still time to make The Stoneage Hearts a houseghold name outside of their Melbourne home. Make time to hear this. Buy it. Tell 10 people about it. You won’t be sorry and their music deserves it.