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Premiere: BIN LICKER – CAVE CANEM (ETERNAL SOUNDCHECK, 2020)

Words: James Frostick
Band image and cover art: Summer Hiskens

Brisbane/Meanjin three-piece Bin Licker are today releasing Cave Canem – a brand-new cassette EP via Eternal Soundcheck – and we’re giving it a spin. Boasting four tracks of arresting mutant noise, Cave Canem is a hefty dose of cask-strength junk punk – the kind of warped skronk that you can only emanate from the heat-warped crevices of the Sunshine State’s southeast corner. 

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In Review: AUSTRALIAN IDOL – SELF-TITLED EP (GONE WITH THE WEED, 2020)

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Jake Ollett

Australian Idol – featuring members of Rebel Yell, Concrete Lawn and Set-Top Box – have released a pulse-quickening EP of blissfully dissonant techno through Parisian label Gone with the Weed. Here we have five tracks of disorienting and dystopian dance-floor mulchers created by kids disconnecting with reality in real time.  

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In review: THE NO – VOLUME ONE (FAUSTIAN HAUS, 2020)

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Max Goodman
Cover art: Yuta Matsumura

Sydney/Warrang-based post-punk crew The No (featuring members of EXEK, Whores and Circle Pit) have dropped a new tape of vicious brain-sundering clatter. Boasting lashings of operatic goth rock and the nervy unpredictability of fellow Australian murk-punk noisemakers, Volume One is a noxious and narcotic wonder, enlivening and viscerally immediate. Continue reading In review: THE NO – VOLUME ONE (FAUSTIAN HAUS, 2020)

In review: NEW AGE NOISE – CONSTELLATION (INFORMATION AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE, 2020)

Words: James Frostick
Milkffish and Del Lumanta image: Bethan Cotterill

Parramatta’s New Age Noise Collective has released a new compilation called Constellation – a nine-track compendium of work from several emerging and established transgender, non-binary and female-identifying musicians. The compendium is a sublime sample of sonic cartography, putting on the map a community that is flourishing outside of the city’s male-dominated scene. 

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Premiere: AGENCY – WILD POSSESSION (SELF RELEASE, 2020)

Words: James Frostick
Band image: ZK Photo
Cover art: Adam J Bragg

After a few years of inactivity, Canberra-born post-punk/noise act Agency return with a new collection of music in tow. The band’s forthcoming record Wild Possession is finally seeing the light of day more than three years after its creation. This clamorous collection of haywire sound is as engrossing as it is chaotic, and we’re stoked to be hosting the premiere stream of the full album ahead of its official release on Friday July 3.

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Premiere: SODA BOYZ – FAREWELL SPIT (PAPAITI RECORDS, 2020)

Words: James Frostick

Soda Boyz, a slowcore trio hailing from New Zealand’s north island, are on the cusp of releasing their new LP Farewell Spit. The record revels in restraint and release, a beautiful balance between muted delicateness and roaring pandemonium. We’re privileged to provide a pre-release listen to the record ahead of its official arrival on Friday May 29.

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In review: ALBUMS RELEASED IN MARCH 2020

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Lisa Businovski

A lot of things went down in March 2020. As the nation shut its borders and everyone prepared themselves for the oncoming pandemic, a cloud seemed to hover over everything. Despite the ominous feeling permeating those weeks, the music scene kept churning out great records – some of which are candidates for best of the year. In an effort to keep track of the year’s best recorded material, Weirdo Wasteland is releasing monthly round-ups of albums and EPs that we didn’t have enough time to cover at the time of release. In no particular order, here is the best of what arrived in March …

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Premiere: ENDERIE – 3 (ANTEROGRADE, 2020)

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Sabina Rysnik

New noise emerges from the far reaches of Australia’s dance scene as Enderie releases a new collection of unsound electro thump.  3 – the new four-track EP out today via Anterograde – further charts Enderie’s trajectory from avant-rock destructor to hardware-manipulating club heretic. Exploratory and revelatory, 3 is a masterclass in deciphering how a mechanism works by taking it apart and playing with its core components. 

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In review: ALBUMS RELEASED IN FEBRUARY 2020

Words: James Frostick

In an effort to keep track of the year’s best recorded material, Weirdo Wasteland is releasing monthly round-ups of albums and EPs that we didn’t have enough time to cover at the time of release. Although these are shorter write-ups, review length shouldn’t be taken as an indicator of album quality – everything listed is good and should be given proper time of day to indulge appropriately. In no particular order, here is the best of what arrived in February …

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