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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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Premiere: CEREAL KILLER – ‘YOUR PUNK SCENE CAN SUCK IT’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Jamie Wdziekonski

Cereal Killer is calling it quits, but not before unleashing its one full-length record, The Beginning & End Of Cereal Killer through Anti Fade Records and Drunken Sailor Records. Lead single ‘Your Punk Scene Can Suck It’ is a gnashing and primitive piece of punk that thumbs its nose that the scene it’s leaving behind, but we’re left wondering if the scene sucks for various reasons or sucks because Cereal Killer is no longer a part of it.

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Premiere: SPOD – ‘SEXUAL FANTASY’

Words: James Frostick

One-man party band SPOD returns with cheeky new single ‘Sexual Fantasy’ – a bop fuelled by an erotic and narcotic groove. The track has been plucked from SPOD’s forthcoming (and fourth) studio album, Adult Fantasy, out in July through Rice Is Nice. Buoyed by a sensual synth-pop beat, ‘Sexual Fantasy’ sweeps listeners away on a romantic getaway, where we’re given insight to some intimate and tender moments.

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Listen: ARSE – ‘SAFE WORD’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Vinnie Botton

Sydney’s schizoid post-hardcore trio ARSE are gearing up to deliver a forthcoming LP – no doubt a package of dangerous goods best handled gently. Enclosed in the collection of aural shrapnel is new single ‘Safe Word’, which you can listen to from today. ‘Safe Word’ places us in within the manic maelstrom of excess – the point where we abandon care in pursuit of the high, but ARSE alludes to the all-consuming nature of the rush and how it only temporarily cures our ails before inevitably exacerbates them. 

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In Review: ILL GLOBO – PROMOTED TO GLORY CS (UNWOUND RECORDS, 2019)

Words: James Frostick

Got four-and-a-half minutes to spare? That’s all you’ll need to rip through the blistering new tape from unhinged and harefooted punks Ill Globo. Four tracks of heart-rate accelerant, the newly released Promoted To Glory tape gives us just enough to get hooked, but snatches the high away as quick as it came – thus is the bracing nature of Ill Globo’s potent style.

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Listen: XILCH – ‘MY WORLD’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: zkphoto

With a gnashing fury buoyed by a destructive sonic onslaught, Sydney’s XILCH are on the cusp of unleashing its debut cassette release. ‘My World’ exemplifies the band’s penchant for unrelenting  power, with influence plumbed from some of punk’s nihilistic best. 

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Premiere: REALITY INSTRUCTORS – RITUAL IGNORANT (ETERNAL MEMO RECORDS, 2019)

Words: James Frostick 

Self-described ‘aggro-jangle’ three piece Reality Instructors are on the cusp of unveiling their debut long-play record, Ritual Ignorant. The product of gambles, sacrifice and ‘at-all-costs’ dedication, Ritual Ignorant is a ferocious post-punk cry – a piercing and rebellious body of work that reverberates and echoes wildly in the face of bewildering social regression and encroaching silence. 

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