AusGrind: Australian underground grindcore, punk, doom and DIY culture.
2Aug/10Off

Interview – Grant Hunter – Monstera Deliciosa

Posted by Matt

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.

http://monsteradeliciosa.wordpress.com/

9Feb/10Off

Crab Smasher Melbourne 11th – 14th February

Posted by Matt

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.

DATES:

Thursday February 11
8PM
Old Bar
74-76 Johnston St Fitzroy

CRAB SMASHER
PENGUINS
SPITFIRE PARADE
THE BUNYIP MOON

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=279775093342

Saturday February 13th
2PM
43 Pender St
Thornbury

DRILLBIT
CRAB SMASHER
MITCHELL BRENNAN
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.
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=289189894307

Saturday February 13
Summer Winds Festival
Prehistoric Fuckin' Moron(s) (Sydney + Newcastle)
Psychward vs. Tea and Sympathy Symphony
Crab Smasher (Newcastle)
Gauntlet
Lost Animal
Eko Eko Azarak
Either/Or
Matthew Brown
JK Fuller
Avatron
Repairs
Pissypaw
Murrggh'urr
Hissy Mearky
Chrome Dome
Yakks
MV
Omen

10AM, Saturday 13th February
Albert Street Park
Off Sydney Road, Brunswick
DIY, Donation, All Ages

Saturday February 13
7PM
Loophole
High St Thornbury

GO GENRE EVERYTHING (Album Launch!)
CRAB SMASHER
THE WELCOME FIGHT

Sunday February 14
8PM
The Empress

Winterplan
The Analytes
Popolice



22Sep/09Off

Thursday Night – The Sando feat. Go Genre Everything

Posted by Matt

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

http://gogenreeverything.org/
http://totalscummaterials.blogspot.com/
www.myspace.com/crabsmasher
http://www.myspace.com/annavojams

CS

11Sep/09Off

11/08 Australia Gig Guide: SFHS, The Kill, Hira Hira

Posted by Matt

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.

Friday

The Hamilton Station Hotel
Terrordactyl
Hira Hira
The (temperamental) Pocket
Little A
Crab Smasher

The Lansdowne Hotel
Sound The Mute (LAST SHOW!)
Code Of Lies
Fallen Dominion
Teeth and Claw

Dirty Shirlows
Captain Cleanoff
Nunchukka Superfly
Rice Corpse
Hizzettin

Saturday

The Chilli Lounge, Wyong
Terrordactyl
Hira Hira
Skippy The Bush Kangaroo
Little A
Eyes of the Scavenger

The Metro
Raised Fist

UNSW Roundhouse
Cannibal Corpse

30Mar/09Off

Static Age Festival – Dirty Shirlows

Posted by Matt

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.

Great. Great.

AKTION UNIT
THE DIAMOND SEA
COUGAR FLASHY
NO ANCHOR
CRAB SMASHER
REPOMAN
MOONMILK
BRASSSKULLS
HEIL SPIRITS

$10 ENTRY

Friday, April 24, 2009 at 7:00pm
Location: Dirty Shirlows
Street: 32 Shirlow St
City/Town: Marrickville, Australia

Image

www.myspace.com/crabsmasher

Aktion Unit - 130708 LIVE

17Feb/09Off

Crab Smasher Melbourne Tour

Posted by Matt
Newcastle's heroes of try-hard avant-garde Crab Smasher are set to bring their schizophrenic blend of post-everything ambient/drone/noise/rock/electro/pop to Melbourne for the second time ever in their long and fruity existence! Having set the internet on fire with their recent free EP The Picky Eater, the band are evolving in all kinds of spooky directions and have a number of new releases planned for 2009.
Crab Smasher will be joined on this tour by Sydney's Scissor Lock, a project of Marcus Whale. Scissor Lock explores the tension between organic and electronic elements in sound, utilising guitar, reeds, voice, piano, singing bowls and bells with lo-fi digital processing. Scissor Lock has recently released a split with Seaworthy called Tap Variations and this tour will see the launch of A Tin Teardrop, a live 40 minute improvised collaboration with mousetrapreplica, performed on 15th December 2007 at The Afterdark in Melbourne.
Crab Smasher and/or Scissor Lock will appear at the following Melbourne venues.
FEB 19 OLD BAR (presented by Sabbatical)
CRAB SMASHER
SCISSOR LOCK
AUTOMATING
JK FULLER
FEB 20 GLITCH BAR/CINEMA
CRAB SMASHER
SCISSOR LOCK
AKTION UNIT
GO GENRE EVERYTHING
SCUMMY GUMS
FEB 21 PONY (2am late show)
CRAB SMASHER/SCISSOR LOCK (collaboration)
FEB 22 BAR OPEN (A Tin Teardrop CD Launch)
SCISSOR LOCK/MOUSETRAPREPLICA
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DOWNLOAD
Crab Smasher Live @ Hamilton Station Hotel 16/01/2009
Scissor Lock/Seaworthy Live on FBi radio 2/2/2009

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