Words: James Frostick
Romy Fox image: Keelan O’hehir
Artwork: Ange Deadbirdflying
As the country starts to slowly creep towards a sense of normalcy, several isolation-inspired projects are starting to see the light of day. The latest is Tender Connection – a compilation album put together by phenomenal queer-feminist label Tender Collection. The mix features work from a number of artists dabbling in the realms of experimental and outsider sound, resulting in a striking work that manages to form a silver lining of sorts around an incredibly dark cloud. We have the sincere privilege of premiering the release, which launches officially today!
Even though Australia’s live-music scene has come to a halt in the wake of the coronavirus lockdowns, musicians haven’t remained idle. Melbourne/Naarm-based punk label Blow Blood Records has assembled a killer crop of musicians to contribute to A Long Time Alone – a new mixtape of tracks composed by members of Australia’s underground in isolation. The compilation dropped digitally this week, so we chatted with Blow Blood head honcho Christina Pap about the genesis of the release and how music can unite a socially-distanced community.Continue reading Interview: ACTIVITY IN ISOLATION – BLOW BLOOD RECORDS LAUNCHES A LONG TIME ALONE→
Words: James Frostick Meat Thump band image: Marriah Geles
Brisbane/Meanjin label Eternal Soundcheck has reached into the past to haul three unheralded projects into the present. The newest additions to the label’s catalogue include a compilation of EPs and unreleased tracks from dissonant no-wave band look!pond, a rediscovered live recording of outsider punk trio Meat Thump and a polished reworking of Liam Kenny’s 2016 solo album The White Man Is Oppressor. We chat to label head Matt Kennedy about the motivations behind releasing all three works in 2020, why he considers them special and what we can expect from Eternal Soundcheck moving forward.
After several years in the wilderness, wickedly wayward Sydney rock-and-roll legends Circle Pit are back with a new-old EP. Wicked Wicked Time is comprised of four tracks written in the early stages of the band’s career, encapsulating them at a reckless, destructive, enlivening and entertaining part of their existence. Continue reading Premiere: CIRCLE PIT – WICKED WICKED TIME (DERO ARCADE, 2020)→
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.
It’s been just over a month since heralded darkwave artist V released their grief-saturated opus So Pure, and its reverberations are still being felt across the scene. We are looping back to chat to V about the record, its inspirations and the idea of confronting loss through music.
It’s been almost three years since Ausmuteants gifted the world with new music, but now the Melbourne-based rabble-rousers are back with a particularly idiosyncratic new record. Ausmuteants … Presents The World In Handcuffs is the brainchild of guitarist Shaun Connor, a collection of tracks that explores the mind of an unhinged police officer.
It’s a big day for Tasmanian trio All The Weathers. The exciting, electric and eclectic band is releasing its brand-new record ... For the Worms today through Rough Skies Records. The record is a lively and nuanced album of off-beat and rollicking art punk – urgent in parts, sombre in others. … For the Worms see’s the band make full use of each member’s talents – it showcases a musical versatility and creative knack for conveying sentiments in unique ways without lessening the impact of its message.
Melbourne’s Pest is an amalgamation of some of the city’s finest proponents of hardcore punk. The group released an EP at the end of 2018 infused with fiery protest punk – potent, immediate and aggressive. Ahead of the band’s tour of New South Wales this month, we caught up with the group to talk evolution, the efficacy of protest songs in 2019 and how protest factors into the band’s overall ethos. Continue reading Interview: PEST→
Erica Dunn – known to many as the magnetic guitarist and vocalist for bands such as MOD CON and Tropical Fuck Storm – has unplugged and mellowed for her solo guise Palm Springs. Palm Springs & Friends is Erica’s new album, out officially today through Tender Collection. The record is an incredible collection of outsider folk, plumbing the depths of Erica’s mind and offering eight tracks that are startling in their immediacy and lingering in their impact. It’s our pleasure to premiere the album in full, as well as to talk to Erica about the record’s formation and creative intent.
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