Premiere: DAVE – DEMO TAPE (ANTI FADE RECORDS, 2019)

Words: James Frostick

Only a few months on from Hierophants’ heralded LP Spitting Out Moonlight, guitarist Daff Gravolin is showing off some solo creative chops with a demo tape filled with catchy retro-future jams. Operating here under the mononym Dave, Daff dips a toe in the psychedelic synth sounds of generations past, playfully putting his own spin on things through various recording styles and sonic moods. 

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Listen: SPIKE FUCK – ‘BODY BY CRYSTAL’

Words: James Frostick

Three years on from the release of her acclaimed SMACKWAVE EP, Spike Fuck returns to the limelight with a delicate off-cut from the SMACKWAVE sessions. ‘Body By Crystal’ is a sorrowful insight back to Spike’s times of addiction – an unflinching tale coloured in blueish hues, boasting love-bruised guitar peals and sighs tinged with palpable sadness.

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Premiere: CIVIC – ‘SELLING, SUCKING, BLACKMAIL, BRIBES’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Julian Hocking

Gutter-rock goons Civic are keeping one lead foot on the accelerator with a brand-new scuzzed-up double-hitter. As one half of a split release with Anti Fade Records and Floridian label Total Punk, Civic’s newest 7″ contains a speedy racket / venomous spray that contains the band’s signature sonic fury, but with a tempo and directness that has been dialled up a few notches.

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In review: PIPE-EYE – INSIDE/OUTSIDE (FLIGHTLESS, 2019)

Words: Doug Wallen

Apparently, even someone as industrious as Cook Craig needs a solo outlet. And so the guitarist, who plays in both King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and sibling band The Murlocs, devotes himself to Pipe-Eye when he finds the time, reliably issuing a release every couple years since 2015.

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In review: DR SURE’S UNUSUAL PRACTICE – THE WEST (MARTHOUSE, 2019)

Words: Doug Wallen

After a strong series of creature-feature singles, Dr. Sure’s Unusual Practice brings the same atmosphere of comic dread to its debut album. But while there are moments of political ire, the band is more notable for hanging back and snidely deconstructing the world at a self-imposed remove.

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Interview: MAX EASTON – MEATSPIN RECORDS

Words: James Frostick
Image: Jonno Revanche

Meatspin records has been responsible for putting out some of the most exciting sounds emanating from Sydney’s underground music scene. Ahead of a flurry of new releases, we chatted with Meatspin’s head honcho (and music journalist / musician of note) Max Easton about the label’s genesis, its creative ethos and how small-scale labels remain the lifeblood of Australia’s fringe music industry.

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Listen: G2G – ‘NO KID NO ANGEL’

Words: James Frostick

After popping up on numerous live bills across Sydney, buzzing three-piece G2G has offered up the first taste of some recorded material. ‘No Kid No Angel’ is a piece of oblique post-punk that carries a sense of entrapment, conveying urgent sentiments regarding identity, change and growth in the face of gloom and uncertainty. 

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