Australia’s best grindcore band?
Newcastle's GRANNYFIST, because they're the most fun. They don't get too bogged down with showy technicality and despite conforming to the sex/gore lyrical subject matter that is pretty common in grindcore music, they are rarely mean spirited just for the sake of it. I've seen so many sexist, racist, homophobic grindcore bands that are just out to offend, which is fine or whatever, it's just not very clever. I know a lot of people dig that, but I find it just gets old very quickly. Grannyfist have good songs with catchy pop hooks. Plus they wear plastic bags on their heads.
What is your favourite thing about grindcore as a genre?
I like how excessive and ridiculous it is, it's fast, sometimes hilarious, but sometimes dull as shit. It depends on the band. Like with any genre of music, the good ones are amazing and the rest are just boring. I don't really listen to much heavy music, i generally get a quick hit and then probably listen to something else.
What band would do most want to tour Australia this year?
My first answer would have been BOREDOMS, and fortunately they're touring in October. There's heaps of bands I would love to see tour out here, but i never have enough money to see touring bands anyway, so I don't really care.
What do you find most enjoyable about releasing DIY music?
I kind of just like the process of cutting things out, making cover art, all that stuff. I think it's important to support music that otherwise might not get heard, but with the internet making it really easy for bands to get their music out there digitally, I don't know how absolutely necessary a label like mine actually is. I don't know what i can actually offer a band that they can't achieve themselves, but i do feel that bedroom labels, DIY, whatever, that's the stuff that is really interesting to me, these kinds of fringe labels that act as a representative identity for a particular scene or time or place. As i'm not really pumping much money into our releases, and our distribution is limited at best, I guess it's more about making something nice and physical and exclusive for people to enjoy, and building a solid stable of artists that i think are making interesting and worthwhile music. Hopefully that's what people are looking for in our releases. But it really is just like a fun and time consuming hobby for me, I don't have any particular motivation behind it.
What is your favourite part of Australia?
Newcastle would be great if it wasn't full of thugs. It's a bit ratty, but that's OK. It's near the ocean, which is nice, and if you're a touring musician you're geographically in a good place to base yourself, being really close to Sydney and halfway between Brisbane and Melbourne. It's small enough to be able to do stuff and get noticed, there's room to create opportunities for yourself, and not as much competition. The music scene here is quite small but there's a good support base for noise shows and stuff like that at the few decent venues in town. I don't really have a favourite place in Australia, but I'd like to retire pretty soon to some place in the middle of nowhere to just draw pictures of batman in a cheap house.
Any plans in the long distance future with MD?
I'm currently releasing music on CDR and cassette in pretty small but unlimited editions, meaning i'll keep making them as long as people want them, which is quite manageable in terms of my time and money at present. Obviously I'd like to be putting some vinyl out eventually, and I also plan to move into self-publishing some art books or something, but long term I have no real plans. In the short term we have new music coming out from COCK SAFARI, CONSTANT LIGHT, STITCHED VISION, YUSUKE AKAI, LUCIA DRAFT, and probably the new POLYFOX AND THE UNION OF THE MOST GHOSTS album.
Crab Smasher, Newcastle's greatest longest running noise pop band are touring to Melbourne this week! They are heading down for the Summer Winds Festival and also while they are down there they are playing a massive amount of shows squeezed into a couple days. Join them at one of the following shows on their plan to conquor Melbourne yet again.
All their past releases including Lesstalk Records most recent release are now available for your listening from their bandcamp website, where you also have the option of donating your money to keep them going, and hopefully some time this year they will release their next full length.
They have finally solidified their lineup (after kicking Jeff from Anal Discharge out) and now play as a 4-piece pop quartet, their sounds and songs have really developed and improved as a result.
Thursday February 11
74-76 Johnston St Fitzroy
THE BUNYIP MOON
Saturday February 13th
43 Pender St
JOHN BUTLER f**k KIDS
From Newcastle Drillbit and Crab Smasher come to our fair town for noise action fun times. Supported by ex-Newcastlelite Mitchell Brennan and one time homeless Maitland resident John Butler does Kids.
Free as ever. All ages and byo.
Saturday February 13
Summer Winds Festival
Prehistoric Fuckin' Moron(s) (Sydney + Newcastle)
Psychward vs. Tea and Sympathy Symphony
Crab Smasher (Newcastle)
Eko Eko Azarak
10AM, Saturday 13th February
Albert Street Park
Off Sydney Road, Brunswick
DIY, Donation, All Ages
Saturday February 13
High St Thornbury
GO GENRE EVERYTHING (Album Launch!)
THE WELCOME FIGHT
Sunday February 14
This Thursday at The Sandringham Hotel in Newtown, An Out Recordings has put together a nice little night of loud noises. Up from Melbourne we have the always incredible Go Genre Everything, who have a number of releases out very soon, including the long awaited Eternal Youth Carefree Cleanness album, the Humans & Luxury 7″ on Spanish Magic, and a CDR called GELF on Monstera Deliciosa. Also from Melbourne, Sabbatical dudes Absoluten Calfeutrail and Dead Boomers will no doubt blow the roof off , Crab Smasher are in good form and are coming down for a rare Sydney show, they have a new live album out this week on Sky Hut called Forever! which may or may not be available in a physical format for free at the show. You can also check out Sticky Angels, which is Adam and Ben from the Akemi/Blue Mountains crew, and Anna Vo will be performing as Anon.
I will be there as this is a rare show with such great acts.
8PM entry $10
The Sandringham Hotel
387 King St Newtown
Heaps on this fuckign weekend. We have Hira Hira, Raised Fist and Cannibal Corpse in town. Fuck Oath are playing in Melbourne too, and Sound the Mute are sadly playing their last show and Captain Cleanoff are playing in Sydney.
The Hamilton Station Hotel
The (temperamental) Pocket
The Lansdowne Hotel
Sound The Mute (LAST SHOW!)
Code Of Lies
Teeth and Claw
The Chilli Lounge, Wyong
Skippy The Bush Kangaroo
Eyes of the Scavenger
A noise festival will be taking place in April at Dirty Shirlows. Featuring some awesome bands from Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle. I am particularly excited to see Brasskulls, when I went to see them on Wednesday with Fangs of... and Drillbit at the Croation Club in Newcastle they had pulled out, cunnies. Aktion Unit are supposed to be quite grand. I saw Crab Smasher as a 5 piece again on the weekend... I travelled an hour and a half to watch them play for 25 minutes. And it was worth every second. These guys have stopped playing harsh noise and now play on the fact that they know how to make some great improv music with loops, and guitars and 2 drummers with off beats galore. Mad Casio sounds and great bass. I am very keen to see the Diamond Sea, I hope I'm not dissapointed.
THE DIAMOND SEA
Friday, April 24, 2009 at 7:00pm
Location: Dirty Shirlows
Street: 32 Shirlow St
City/Town: Marrickville, Australia
Aktion Unit - 130708 LIVE