Words: James Frostick
Album art: Molly Turner
Hobart/Nipaluna garage-punk quartet 208L Containers are today releasing their brand-new cassette LP called Horseland through Rough Skies Records. To celebrate, the group is putting forth the visuals for new single ‘I Drive An Audi Into Town’ – a slab of careening and acrimonious noise aimed squarely at the selfish upper class.
I love Tasmania – it’s a part of the country I’d happily live in if given the opportunity one day. That being said, this has definitively become a trait I now share with an increasing number of people. Tasmania has become a desirable place to live thanks to its natural beauty, increasing number of cultural hubs and a burgeoning reputation as a gourmand’s paradise – but there’s also a lack of affordable housing. Hobart has become one of the least affordable capital cities in the country thanks in part to an increasing number of houses utilised as short-stay accomodation for tourists and an influx of lifestyle buyers – wealthy folk buying up land for their twice-a-year ‘sea change’ holiday. Hobart punk troupe 208L Containers are seeing this change from a local’s perspective. The group’s new track ‘I Drive An Audi Into Town’ is an agitated bark in response to the gentrification of their home town and how it’s forcing those lower on the income scale closer to the fringe.
‘I Drive An Audi Into Town’ is a hard-nosed piece of scratchy junk-shop clatter – an apparatus welded together out of gritty and wiry guitars, and sharp boom-bap percussive punctuation. I get shades of fellow off-kilter Tasmanian outfits All The Weathers and Naked, some of sinewy scruff akin to Brisbane outfits Per Purpose and Pious Faults. 208L Containers vocalist Richie Cuskelly’s delivery is part spit-flecked diatribe and part hoarse plea, lamenting the influx of Audi-driving yuppies inundating his hometown. You get a sense that he’d love nothing more than to take the car for a joy ride, driving it to the centre of town before lighting it on fire. There’s a palpable enmity aimed towards these interlopers, with their abundance of expendable income, lack of debt-recovery troubles and general refusal to ever work weekends. If the band’s white-knuckled garage clang isn’t enough to make your blood boil with a similar type of loathing, there’s a chance you may have an Audi sitting in your garage or a holiday home in Hobart.
The clip for ‘I Drive An Audi Into Town’, made by Matt Leary, is an assemblage of clips sourced from video tapes found at the South Hobart tip shop. It’s an oddly mesmerising accompaniment to the discordant spray. Watch it here:
In addition to the release of Horseland, Rough Skies Records is also reissuing 208L Containers’ 2019 tape Knitted Family Helmet. If you’re in the mood to splash some cash, Bandcamp is once again donating its share of sale profits directly to artists. Head to the Rough Skies Bandcamp page to make a purchase!