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In review: NEW AGE NOISE – CONSTELLATION (INFORMATION AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE, 2020)

Words: James Frostick
Milkffish and Del Lumanta image: Bethan Cotterill

Parramatta’s New Age Noise Collective has released a new compilation called Constellation – a nine-track compendium of work from several emerging and established transgender, non-binary and female-identifying musicians. The compendium is a sublime sample of sonic cartography, putting on the map a community that is flourishing outside of the city’s male-dominated scene. 

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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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Video premiere: BUSHING – ‘X I A N X P’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Jacob Miller

Sydney crew Bushing are putting final pieces in place for their forthcoming debut LP Thanatophobia, ratcheting up activity with a brand-new clip for recently released single ‘X I A N X P’ (pronounced ‘Christian Experience’). An ominous slab of art-punk noise, ‘X I A N X P’ dissects that narrative surrounding Australia’s early settlement culture and the gradual dissipation of religious spirit over the ensuing generations.

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In Review: L.A SUFFOCATED – DUST, FUNGUS AND BLASPHEMOUS THOUGHTS (SELF RELEASE, 2020)

Words: James Frostick

Several years in the making, Sydney darkwave two-piece L.A Suffocated have finally released a full-length album of bracing synth-heavy electro pop. A collection of bruised remembrances and tear-smudged musings, Dust, Fungus and Blasphemous Thoughts is the soundtrack of emotion exorcised via visceral self-examination and dance-floor catharsis. 

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Listen: LOW LIFE – ‘CATHOLIC GUILT’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Sam Stephenson

Sydney post-punk crew Low Life return with a new 7″, containing a track clipped from the recording sessions of their first LP Dogging. ‘Catholic Guilt’ is an unflinching look at organised religion and the sins of the church, arriving at a time when the ire aimed at the institution of faith has never been more hostile. 

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Listen: SACHET – ‘ARNCLIFFE BABYLON’

Words: James Frostick

Sydney four-piece Sachet has dropped some new sounds (and accompanying visuals) from its forthcoming record Nets. ‘Arncliffe Babylon’ is a piece of engaging and oblique guitar pop – off-centre in such a way that it perfectly scratches an itch you never new existed. Continue reading Listen: SACHET – ‘ARNCLIFFE BABYLON’

Listen: OSBO – DEMO (SELF RELEASE, 2020)

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Carmen Juarez

If you’re in the market for some new Australian hardcore, Sydney’s OSBO might be just the ticket. Comprised of a few familiar faces from the Sydney scene, OSBO’s six-track demo is straightforward and energetic – two qualities all good hardcore needs.

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Listen: CONCRETE LAWN – ‘AGGREGATE’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Stephanie Liouos
Cover art: Maxine Booker

Sydney punk quartet Concrete Lawn are following up a 2018 demo release with a new record called Aggregate on April 1, filled with the group’s signature attention-grabbing noise. The unit are kicking off proceedings with the title track – a venomous spray aimed at the greedy elite, the treasure hoarders and the folks inhibiting progress.

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Video Premiere: SOLO CAREER – ‘FEELINGS’

Words: James Frostick

Sydney musician Annabel Blackman steps into the limelight under her bedroom pop moniker Solo Career with a new video clip tucked under her arm. The companion visuals to her lushly languid and ethereal track ‘Feelings’ – crafted by contemporary artist Matthew Griffin – perfectly match the purposeful spiritlessness of the song, which is lathered in despondence resulting from one-sided emotional giving.

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Listen: G2G – ‘YOU DON’T SAY SHIT RIGHT’

Words: James Frostick
Cover art: Annabel Blackman

Thrilling Sydney-born newcomers G2G have thrown another musical morsel into the yard for us starved animals to greedily fight over. ‘You Don’t Say Shit Right’ is another example of the three-piece unit’s knack for carving textured sculptures from blocks of raw dissonant sonic material.

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