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.
It’s been just over a month since heralded darkwave artist V released their grief-saturated opus So Pure, and its reverberations are still being felt across the scene. We are looping back to chat to V about the record, its inspirations and the idea of confronting loss through music.
Following the release of their debut full-length album Spend Life, Brisbane’s Make More chats to Triana Hernandez about the progression of their sound, the formation of the album and discussing time as currency.
The Ocean Party return with a new album this month even though the dust had barely settled on their 2014 effort. Light Weight is the fifth album from the group that thrives on the continual cycle of writing, recording, touring and repeating. I spoke to the band when they performed in Brisbane last month and got an insight into how the band operates and how they keep up the pace.
Layered in meaning and doused in heady post-punk atmosphere, It’s You by Gold Class is one of the more thematically striking albums of 2015 thanks in no small part to the bold and powerful observations littered throughout. This album is less a call to arms, more the sound of a band fed up with several of society’s flaws.
Adelaide four-piece, Bad//Dreems are set to release their first full-length LP, Dogs At Bay. In a series of interviews undertaken since 2013, guitarist Alex Cameron discusses the initial inspiration for the band, the band’s place in the lineage of Australian rock and roll and defending against aspersions that Aus-rock can’t be intelligent or sensitive.
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