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.
Brisbane avant-punk outsiders Soot have released a brand-new 7″ EP containing five tracks of its signature junkyard noise. Crafted in part as an homage to an unorthodox and enigmatic musical icon, Silt sees Soot leaning into their most left-field ideas, utilising everything at their disposal to add further depth to their discordant din.
Brisbane musician Glen Schenau is releasing a new 7″ later this month, boasting two tracks that showcase the musician’s versatility and unorthodox style, proving what’s possible creatively when you commit to getting weird with it.
Back in February, short-lived abrasive industrial/noise group Jousting released a four-track taster of its pummelling and dissonant noise rock. Although aurally confronting at first, Jousting’s knack for chaotic groove and vicious stomp will make you yearn for more of what disappeared for good long before you knew you had it.Continue reading Listen: JOUSTING – SNOUT METHOD EP→
Brisbane-based experimental noise punks Star Slushy are set to release a new cassette filled with a mixture of studio and live recordings. The group revels in beautifully dissonant skronk – the kind that’ll have you recoiling at first, but stomping with the beat before long.
Stalking the alleyways of Brisbane, Ascot Stabber emerges from the murk with the glint of sharp brand-new 7″ in hand. Barely restrained fury and brutal sonics collide, creating a murderous blend of hardcore with a sting that lingers long after the slap.
Words: James Frostick Band image: Glen Schenau/Blanket Canvassing
Matt Kennedy’s bare-bones downer punk outfit Kitchen’s Floor is back with another quintessentially trodden-on track. ‘Before Dawn’ catches Kennedy at a particularly grim low point – after the drink is gone and his friends have bailed, left alone in the quiet of the early morning with only his thoughts to keep him company.
After a flurry of engaging live performances, Brisbane’s new kids on the block Lexicon are finally unleashing some long-awaited recordings. The band has quietly dropped its debut EP – the first tangible piece of Lexicon’s raucous output put to tape. Lead single ‘Shame’ is a vociferous and strong-armed piece of music that pairs a harnessed cacophony with an inward-facing lyrical scrutiny.
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