Well well well.
A long weekend and a shitload of gigs to get out to.
Here's my picks...
FGWMWS are launching their brand spanking new CD, as the FAT GUY WEARS MYSTIC WOLF SHIRT + THE REV. JESSE CUSTER tour kicks off at Blackwire Records in Sydney tonight.
Show Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/457091601035304
Tour Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/315483711911501
Or head over to the Gladstone Feeling for Diploid (Melb) + Dark Horse + Obat Batuk + Ivan And The Backpackers + Disintegrator
Show Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/552276158136130
Saturday sees the 14th version of Punks Outside taking place at Sydney Steel Road in Marrickville. Free, All Ages, outdoor fun with Obat Batuk + Roadside Burial + Inebrious Bastard + Ivan & the Backpackers + ratbag + Disintegrator + Stove Tattoo + Riot Nine.
Then get over to Blackwire for another evening of tunes.
Diploid + Dirty Charlie (Bris) + Ache + Frame 313 + Hacked to Chunks
Then sleep all day Sunday or go to church or make tacos or whatever you do with the rest of your life.
Sweet Teeth and Michael Crafter, back from their joint tour through South East Asia are keen to continue the party. This will be the first run of shows for both bands in NSW in a very long time. Also up from Melbourne will be the chick fronted band Fully Cooked for some fresh faced fast punk rock for those with a short attention span.
Friday 29th March
Newcastle - Terrace Bar
w/ Polyfox and The Union of the Most Ghosts
Fully Cooked (Mel)
Sat 30th March
Central Coast - San Remo Neighborhood Centre
w/ The Worstmn
Fully Cooked (Mel)
Sun 31st March
Sydney - Blackwire Records
w/ The Sufferjets
Fully Cooked (Mel)
Monday 1st April
Generator Show - TBA
w/ Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt
UPDATE: Spoonfed are out. Battle Pope are in!
Art As Catharsis and Black Wire Records presents GRINDPARTY! A celebration of some of the fastest and most intense music that Australia has to offer. The first GRINDPARTY! takes place on Saturday 12 May, 2012 at Black Wire Records.
Headlining the night are those lovable positive powerviolence scamps Michael Crafter - hot off their recent tour of New Zealand. They are joined by their Sunshine Coast brethern Laeirs and Vile Specimen, as well as the always-intense Spoonfed, and local merchants of dissonance Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt.
This awesome event could only ever happen at Black Wire Records -- one of Australia's premier underground venues that continues to support experimental, heavy and fringe music. Support the underground, and get down to this show.
Doors are at 7pm. $10 entry. Drinks are BYO, and all ages are welcome. This is a night of nuttin but blast beats, beer bongs and blazin' chongs.
Beatdisc Records in Parramatta is reluctantly hosting a Michael Crafter-curated mini-festival celebrating some of NSW & ACT's finest grind/hc/punk outfits. This show is also known as Blastdisc or Beatdisc Blast Beats. This is the last Sydney show for Crafter for a while as the older of the 2 members is slowly dying from old age, with death looming within the next 30-40 years he is running from the truth down to Melbourne. To find out for himself if the grass is really and truly greener. So come give me a hug and a big thumbs up before I leave you all in my dust.
Shop 11/181 Church Street, Parramatta
From 2.30pm, Sunday the 5th of February. 10 bands, 10 min sets.
THE REVEREND JESSE CUSTER
FAT GUY WEARS MYSTIC WOLF SHIRT
NO SUCH LUCK
YO, PUT THAT BAG BACK ON (first show!)
EVEREST (reunion show!)
THE HOLIDAY PROJECT
Well, 2011 was yet another year dominated by souless, watered down music in the mainstream music industry. Bland garage/indie and horrid R&B-pop were, once again, the order of the day. Perhaps more disturbingly, some styles previously associated with underground music continued to be watered-down and repackaged into acceptable pop culture products - namely hardcore and metalcore, who have now seemingly completed their transition into music forms completely devoid of any human emotion or feeling. The post-rock scene similarly provided an endless supply of bands that sound exactly the same.
In spite of my general misanthropy towards the wider music scene, there were still some more unique gems to be had if you dug deep enough. What's more, I really felt like this was a great year for the various underground music scenes in Australia. I feel like there are more bands of more diverse styles going the DIY path, putting on great shows and releasing original, soulful music.
What more, Sydney was lucky enough to have Black Wire Records to actually support underground punk, hardcore, crust, powerviolence and grind.
Here's what I dug in 2011.
Top 5 releases of 2011
- The Devin Townsend Band - Deconstruction: Brilliant. Possible Devin Townsend's very best.
- YOB - Atma: If anything just for Before We Dreamed of Two and Adrift in the Ocean. An incredible doom record.
- Bjork - Biophilia: The best Bjork release since Homogenic.
- Graveyard - Hisingen Blues: I struggle to think of a better rock album released in the last decade.
- La Dispute - Wildlife: An honest and genuine emotional catharsis. Honest and genuine.
Top 5 grind(ish) releases of 2011
- The Kill - Shower of Bricks: the perfect distillation of intense grindcore.
- The Reverend Jesse Custer - The Reverend Jesse Custer: sludgy, raging metallic grind and hardcore.
- Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt - Counter Transference: techy polyrhythmic, sporadic math/grind bliss.
- IDYLLS - Amps for God / Plague Hell: furious fucking grinding metallic hardcore.
- Wormrot - Noise: blistering and intense.
The 10 albums I couldn't stop playing all year
- Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton - Knives Don't Have Your Back
- Roots Manuva - Brand New Second Hand
- YOB - Atma
- Bohren & Der Club of Gore - Black Earth
- Bohren & Der Club of Gore - Sunset Mission
- Dax Riggs - Angel in the Dopesmoke (live bootleg)
- Neil Young - Dead Man soundtrack
- Neurosis - The Eye of Every Storm
- Worlds End Girlfriend - Hurtbreak Wonderland
- The Cinematic Orchestra - Every Day
The 10 Australian releases you really should have heard
- Hydromedusa - Self-titled: Adelaide stoner rock that just oozes bluesy class. (It's FREE! Get it!)
- sleepmakeswaves - And So We Destroyed Everything: An interesting post-rock record? Well I never!
- Pirate - Left of Mind: Fantastic Sydney instrumental prog.
- An Emerald City - The Fourth: Technically Kiwi, but a great, cinematic album.
- Tangled Throughts of Leaving - Deaden the Fields: These guys came outta nowhere (Perth)! Incredible progressive, piano-driven music mixed with progressive and post music.
- Mother Mars - Fossil Fuel Blues: Perhaps Sydney's greatest stoner/desert rock band.
- Arrowhead - Atomsmasher: Or perhaps these guys are?
- Serious Beak - Huxwhukw: Okay it's my band, fuck you.
- Squat Club - Corvus (remixed, remastered and re-released): Now with even more mind-bending polyrhythmic clarity!
- Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt Counter - Transference
My favourite live shows of 2011
- Portishead at Sydney Harvest Festival
- Eagle Twin at Manning Bar
- Gotye at Angel Place City Recital Hall
- Kyuss at The Big Top
- The Reverend Jesse Custer at Town Hall Hotel
- Captain Cleanoff and Death-Cult Jock at Black Wire Records
- Ruins, Darth Vegas, Slimey Things (Featherfest 2011) at TONE
- Clagg and Agonhymn at The Pony
- Space Bong, Looking Glass and Hydromedusa at The Sando
Australian grind hero of the year
- Jack of Die Pigeon Die. Just an all around good bloke who never relents in his selfless passion to support Australian grindcore.
You disagree? Oh what a surprise! What did you guys dig this year? Was it a good year? A shit year?
The grind hit mix of summer, turn those summer blues around with some real party tunes!
At AusGrind's recent annual shareholders conference (read: a messy drunken grindparty for two) the AusGrind board move to initiate a new social welfare initiative aimed at increasing the grindparty of our fellow Australians over this summer period.
It is in this spirit of charity that we are proud to present AusGrind's Hits of the Summer 2011 - a FREE digital compilation featuring 21 tracks of premium grindparty tunes from some of Australia's greatest grindcore, powerviolence and crossover bands - not to mention some awesome underground gems you might not yet know.
AusGrind's Hits of the Summer is great gift for your grind loving mother on Christmas Day. Please burn this mix to a CD, to place in your shitty car stereo, boost the Treble to 11 and let those buff Gaga-loving circle jerks know who's boss.
Featuring 21 'blastering' tracks from the best underground grindcore boybands Australia has to offer, including The Kill (VIC), Ether Rag (NSW), Death-Cult Jock (SA), Captain Cleanoff, NowyourefuckeD (TAS), Michael Crafter (NSW), IDYLLS (QLD), Night Hag (SA), Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt (NSW) and The Reverend Jesse Custer (ACT).
- Ether Rag - Mortal Combat of Light and Shadow
- Captain Cleanoff - Your Fate
- thedowngoing - hurtnone
- Serious Beak - Lähendama
- Death-Cult Jock - War Through Other Means
- IDYLLS - Tooth and Claw
- Michael Crafter - Tea O Ais
- The Kill - Shower of Bricks
- Nice Guys - Van Damnation
- Night Hag - Coolidge, Kansas
- Battle Pope - Heroin Jesus
- Jesus Christ Posse - Thou Shalt Not Spill
- The Reverend Jesse Custer - Outside of Everything
- ARSEHOLOCAUST - Japanese Nuclear Hero Brigade
- Machinoir - Song Written on a Scrap of Paper
- Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt - Breath Left Breathing
- Dyke Destroyer - Smooth Crotchless Operation
- Frank Rizzo - Left at the Door
- McLovin - White Livers
- NowyourefuckeD - Spasticated Milkman
- Michael Jackson's Doctor - Heil Oettinger