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In review: ALBUMS RELEASED IN JANUARY 2020

Words: James Frostick

In an effort to keep track of the year’s best recorded material, Weirdo Wasteland will be releasing monthly round-ups of albums that we didn’t have enough time to cover in depth 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. Here is the best of what arrived in January …

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In Review: OCCULTS – CELEBRATION (INDEPENDENT RELEASE, 2020)

Words: James Frostick

Brisbane goth-punk trio Occults are finally releasing a new seven-song LP comprised of tracks recorded back in 2017. Celebration is the final word from the leather-clad crew, capturing the band’s bleak and critical worldview that positions them as eerie prognosticators of what was to come. 

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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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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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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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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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Premiere: NOUGHTS – CONTENT (WEIRD PLACE, 2019)

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Photoyunist

On the eve of Weird Place Fest 2, Melbourne’s NOUGHTS are dropping its second EP Content, packed full of furious and speedy punk. Laced with a form of pressing and encompassing frenzy, Content forcibly grabs the ears of listeners and earnestly imparts its message – seemingly as if time is of the essence and everything hinges on our comprehension. 

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In Review: SKYDECK – EUREKA MOMENT (DINOSAUR CITY RECORDS, 2019)

Words: Doug Wallen
Band image: Eva Lazzaro

Against the odds, a shelved collection of home-recorded instrumentals has earned a jolting second life as one of the year’s best Australian albums. Enter Skydeck, the unlikely Victorian duo getting high on their own supply of raw nerves and brooding discontent.

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