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DOWNLOAD: Drone from the Underside of the Earth compilation

Posted by mothereel
Lachlan has spent a lot of hours on this project this year. He really wanted to draw attention to some of the country's awesome fuzzy, droney, drug-addled groups, that perhaps don't get the attention they deserve - especially outside of Australia - because the reality is we can boast some of the most unique and varied slow music of any country.
Drone From The Underside Of The Earth

Drone From The Underside Of The Earth Front Cover

So Lachlan set off with intent to pull together some of his favourite artists in Australia's stoner, sludge, doom and drone scenes in order to get more people to discover great Australian underground music. But he was a little naive of quite how long it would take him!
The hard work paid off in the end. Drone form the Underside of the Earth features a selection of 26 tracks. This is a rare, eye-opening peek into Australia's rich underground music scene. At 3-and-a-half hours in length it's quite a ride, but we sincerely hope that you at least discover a few new bands as a result of this work.
Drone from the Underside of the Earth is a FREE digital compilation featuring Australia's best stoner, sludge, doom and drone bands, featuring: Space Bong, Hydromedusa, Adrift for Days, Looking Glass, In Trenches, No Anchor, Drowing Horse, Sons of the Ionian Sea, Summonus, DEAD, Futility, Clagg, Mother Eel, Log, Battle Pope,  Law Of The Tongue, Arrowhead, Moth, Shellfin, Futility, Sore, Noûs, Atolah, The Slow Death, Mother Mars, Lint and Houdini.

Tonight: Sydney grindcore pub crawl

Posted by Matt

If you think Sydney has no grind scene I would like tonight to be one of the many examples to prove you are wrong. Both key writers for this blog, Lachlan and myself are both putting on competing grindcore shows tonight, giving you a "choice" to get your grind fix. And if you don't like the sound of either of those gigs, then why are you reading our blog? Don't worry, if you play your cards right you can catch both (hopefully).

1st Stop - Black Wire Records

At Black Wire Records Cyberne, Japanese cybergrind and Melbourne's DEAD are playing with locals Nunchucka Superfly, Battle Pope and Video Nasty, that will kick off round 7pm. So far all reports are that Cyberne are freaking bruuutal.

After Party - The Townie

Immediately after being punished by Nunchucka Superfly I recommend hitting up The Townie in Newtown for The Worstmn and Michael Crafter, supporting the excellent Reverend Jesse Custer, brutal spazz grind from Canberra who are launching their EP tonight.

The EP sounds freaking awesome, and this will officially be their first show in Sydney, so come catch em while they are still wide eyed and bushy tailed. A perfect after show hang for more grindcore and partying just in case a single show of excellent grind wasn't enough. A busy night of blastbeats.

The Reverend Jesse Custer


Grindpals Canberra House show feat. thedowngoing, Michael Crafter, The Reverend Jesse Custer and DEAD

Posted by Matt

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Cyberne (Japan) East Coast Tour supported by DEAD

Posted by Matt

DEAD are releasing their debut LP - THUNDAAAAAH! via WeEmptyRooms/Wantage USA. Cyberne are just fucking awesomely heavy and are making their maiden voyage to Australia. Count yourselves as lucky to see them! For people wanting more intensity, insanity and psychedelia from their jesus Lizard and Unsane listening experiences; Cyberne have got you covered. Yew for grindpals.

A lot of "TBA" in this list but i wanted to give everyone a decent warning of where we will be and when. All shows feature DEAD and Cyberne.

Oct 31st - Melbourne - TBA
Nov 1st - Melbourne - "Cup Day Carnage" Brunswick Hotel
Nov 2nd - TBA
Nov 3rd - Lismore - The Gollan Hotel
Nov 4th - Brisbane - The Waiting Room - ALL AGES
Nov 5th - (Arvo) - TYM Guitars - ALL AGES. FREE
Nov 6th - (Evening) - Byron Bay - Jack's Shed
Nov 7th - TBA
Nov 8th - TBA
Nov 9th - Newcastle - TBA
Nov 10th - Wollongong - The Patch
Nov 11th - Sydney - Blackwiore Records w/ Battle Pope, Video Nasty
Nov 12th - Canberra - house show w/4Dead, The Reverend Jesse Custer

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DEAD are also aiming to launch the LP in Adelaide, Regional Vic and, eventually, WA and Tassie. Adelaide and Vic dates announced as soon as possible.


DEAD, Michael Crafter, thedowngoing – NSW Shows October Long Weekend

Posted by Matt

It's the tour of the 2-piece. Melbourne DIY heroes DEAD (Fangs of..., Fire Witch, Inappropriate Tough Guy Behaviour etc), Mathesons' Michael Crafter and newly reformed thedowngoing will be touring through NSW during the October long weekend. I am pretty excited to be on the road again with these grindpals, especially supporting the mighty Hard-Ons at Blackwire Records this Saturday, that should be earsplitting fun. They are the foundation of much punk to come out of Sydney over the past 20 years, and to be supporting them is a Dave Bate dream come true, especially if you believe the rumors that Muz (Captain Cleanoff, White Male Dumbinance, Conation) is filling in on drums.

Friday 30th September - Newcastle
This is not PART (b)
Hamilton Station Hotel - Hamilton, 10pm

Michael Crafter
Cock Safari
Granny Fist

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Saturday 1st October - Sydney
Blackwire Records - Parramatta Rd - Annandale, 7pm

Michael Crafter

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Sunday 2nd October - Woolongong
Yours and Owls - 95a Crown St - Woolongong, 6pm

Basil's Kite
Michael Crafter

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Monday 3rd October - Canberra
House Show, 2pm, Dunlop

with The Reverend Jesse Custer


5 Questions in 5 Minutes: Blastasfuk Grindcore, WeEmptyRooms and Animal House

Posted by Lachlan

Alright; a new regular feature. We sling 5 questions at a range of underground labels, distros, venues and bands to get their take on the best and worst of 2011, and their outlook on the health of underground music in Australia.

This edition features:

  • Roby of all-blasting, all-grinding Melbourne underground label Blastasfuk Grindcore (and also the fucking incredible The Kill).
  • Jem of Melbourne underground label and promoter WeEmptyRooms (also of DEAD, Inappropriate Tough Guy Behaviour and many others).
  • Joey of the Adelaide-based underground venue Animal House (who also happens to play in Hydromedusa and Prisonbitch).

5 Questions with Roby, Blastasfuk Grindcore (Melbourne)

  1. Favourite releases in 2011 so far?

    Wadge - Grindcore Lu'au on Grindcore Karaoke. Lucifer D Larynx and the Satanic Grind Dogs of Death 7" 666 EP on Must Play Fast Records.

  2. Most anticipated upcoming release?

    Wadge - Discography CD. Roskopp - Mutation Voodoo, Deformity or Disease CD.

  3. Best live show of 2011?

    Noisear and The Communion at Shea Stadium, New York.

  4. Is the outlook for underground Australian music dandy or doomed? Why?

    Doomed. Way too many trendy she males floating about. All image and fuck all good bands.

  5. Complete this sentence: _______ will save the Australian underground music scene.

    Robert Doyle will save the Australian underground music scene.

    Check out Blastasfuk!

5 Questions with Jem, WeEmptyRooms (Melbourne)

  1. Favourite releases in 2011 so far?

    Unstoppable Death Machines cassette (self released).

  2. Most anticipated upcoming release?

    Vaz - Chartreuse Bull.

  3. Best live show of 2011?

    Total Fest in Missoula, Montana, USA. In Australia - every time Wicked City play.

  4. Is the outlook for underground Australian music dandy or doomed? Why?

    The outlook is great. We have great bands and most of them know we can only do it for the love here and will never make it big. But people need to stop moving to Melbourne so the other scenes can grow too! Melbourne is not the be all and end all.

  5. Complete this sentence: _______ will save the Australian underground music scene.

    People who go to live shows will save the Australian underground music scene.

    Check out WeEmptyRooms!

5 Questions with Joey, Animal House (Adelaide)

  1. Favourite releases in 2011 so far?

    Graveyard - Hisingen Blues and Royal Headache - LP. There are clearly heaps more but this is all I can think of off the top of my head.

  2. Most anticipated upcoming release?

    Pusha T - Fear of God II and Space Bong's new album (when it's Chinese-Democracy-like extended editing stage wraps up).

  3. Best live show of 2011?

    I played show with Hydromedusa a few days after new years in the East Gippsland forests. That was one of the strangest gigs I've ever played but it was incredibly well received. Plus we were in one of the most beautiful places in Australia, drinking heavily and with good people. Seeing Earthless a few days before that in Geelong was also mind-blowing.In terms of Animal House shows: Stolen Youth's 'last show before Europe' gig was incredible. We maxed the place out with just under 250 people. Other notable gigs were Iron Lung, Fleshworld + The Zingers, Extortion.. Can't narrow it down, I've had too much fun this year.

  4. Is the outlook for underground Australian music dandy or doomed? Why?

    That question is HUGE. Music will always exist. People will always write it. Individuals that are into live music will always encourage artists to perform. It'll go up and down definitely in terms of how enjoyable it is for bands to play live and how easily it is to pull numbers. Venues in Adelaide can be hard to come by, and barely anyone really gives a fuck about organising anything for themselves.I am confident however that no amount of tumblr, destroy all lines clubs, dub step parties or inner-city noise restrictions will be able to kill off Adelaide any time soon. A lot of people are getting their shit together and making interesting things happen. This isn't just people writing cool music, it's people who are booking shows, who are endorsing the idea of watching a band on a Saturday night. I respect people who get over themselves, realise Adelaide is very small and therefore don't bother trying to acknowledge any clicky scene. Instead they support the idea a musical community, where people engage with all sorts of individuals, helping each other in sharing venues/spaces/equipment.

  5. Complete this sentence: _______ will save the Australian underground music scene.

    Giving all your money to ANIMAL HOUSE will save the Australian underground music scene.

    Check out Hydromedusa!

That's it for this edition. Plenty more to come. Running count: 1 doomed, 2 dandy.

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