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.
Words: James Frostick
Image: Tia W. / Glen Schenau
Brisbane’s crown prince of downer-rock Matt Kennedy is back with a new Kitchen’s Floor release. Two tracks from a now-scrapped 7″ have been released via a free online download – both tracks imbued with Matt’s desperation-tinged worldview that’s suitably characteristic of the times we are living in.
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.
It’s another great piece of down in the dumps, black and blue rock. Australiana meets Americana. Songs soaked in box wine and cheap beer, set decrepit neighbourhoods and between shitty relationships. There is a rhythm here that moves, a rhythm that one must keep when moving through life to avoid being left behind.
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