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VIDEO PREMIERE: VACUUM – ‘I’LL CALL YOU’

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Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Nicole Reed

Naarm/Melbourne duo Vacuum sowed some sensational aural discord when they dropped their self-titled debut album through Heavy Machinery Records and It Records back in February. After letting our brains marinate in their brand of knotted industrial unce for just over a month, the duo is reaching out once more from the strobe and shadow to gift us with their self-directed and produced visual treatment for standout slice ‘I’ll Call You’ – an unsettling-yet-hypnotic montage that pairs perfectly with its sinisterly sneaking soundtrack. 

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Premiere: SKID CITY – ‘BLUE’

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Words: James Frostick
Band photos: Anita Shao

Some familiar faces from Naarm/Melbourne’s musical melting pot have thrown their talents together to form Skid City, an eruptive and disruptive quintet specialising in no-frills rock ‘n’ roll. Ahead of the April release of the group’s debut LP, Skid City are gifting the world a teensy taste in the form of ‘Blue’ – a masterclass in haywire, white-knuckled ruckus that sounds timeless and essential. 

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Premiere: FREE LIVE SPORTS – STAY GROUNDED (ROUGH SKIES RECORDS, 2021)

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Words: James Frostick
Band image: Ben Salter

Today Lutruwita/Tasmania-based trio Free Live Sports releases Stay Grounded, its first ever set of recordings put to tape. Over nine tracks the group cannily cobble together a collection of rough-hewn hooks, rickety riffs and rattletrap rhythms that belie the majority of the group’s neophyte abilities. Prioritising instinct over technique, Stay Grounded showcases the group’s keen sense for sound and ethos of placing fun over fidelity to engaging results.  

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Premiere: TANGLED SHOELACES – ‘THE BIGGEST MOVIE EVER MADE’

Words: James Frostick
Album art: Carolyn Hawkins

Continuing its recent trend of bringing sounds from bygone decades into the present, esteemed label Chapter Music is today announcing the forthcoming release of Turn My Dial – The M Squared Recordings and more, 1981-84 – a reissue of tracks from Meanjin/Brisbane-born teenage-pop prodigies Tangled Shoelaces. Charting the group’s recorded work over a three-year period, this compilation showcases not only the group’s undeniable knack for song-craft, but also eerily prognosticates sounds that would come to shape Australia’s music scene in the ensuing decades.

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Listen: BRIEF BREAKDOWN VOL. 2

Words: James Frostick
Naretha Williams image: Christopher Sutherland

The year keeps on and so does the music. Volume two of Brief Breakdown charts some of the new song releases of the past month or so – everything from tooth-grinding synth-punk and dreamy scuzz to haunting organ-laced drone and unhurried, contemplative sax-laced pop. Continue reading Listen: BRIEF BREAKDOWN VOL. 2

Listen: BRIEF BREAKDOWN VOL 1.

Words: James Frostick
Gordon Koang image: Duncan Wright

Too many songs, not enough time. Australia’s underground music scene is as fertile as ever, with new releases spilling out into cyberspace at a rate that’s nearly impossible to track alone. Brief Breakdown is a semi-regular column that endeavours to quickly touch on some of the songs that have been released in recent weeks. The reviews may be brief, but the appreciation is enduring. For volume one, we’re listening to tracks from Gordon Koang, Introduction, Thibault, Geld, Elmo Aoyama, Syzygy, City Rose, HighSchool, Cool Sounds and more. Continue reading Listen: BRIEF BREAKDOWN VOL 1.

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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Listen: MARCUS WHALE – ‘A GHOST’

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Louise Dietz-Henderson

Following on from his solo debut Inland Sea and Collarbones’ 2019 effort Futurity, Marcus Whale returns with full-length album on the way. New single ‘A Ghost’ is a song about resurrections, new beginnings and the unshackling of chains that bind. It’s an ode to fallen angels – regrowing wings and taking flight once more as idols to the cast offs and disowned masses on the fringe of society.

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