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Interview: LOOKING BACK WITH ETERNAL SOUNDCHECK

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.

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Listen: SOOT – SILT EP

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Glen Schenau

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. 

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Listen: JOUSTING – SNOUT METHOD EP

Words: James Frostick
Image: Glen Schenau

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

Listen: STAR SLUSHY – ‘STAR SLUSHY S/WAY’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Glen Schenau

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. 

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Listen: ASCOT STABBER – ‘FUTILITY’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Luke Henery

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.

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Listen: KITCHEN’S FLOOR – ‘BEFORE DAWN’

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.

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Premiere: LEXICON – ‘SHAME’

Words: James Frostick
Image: Jennifer Embelton

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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