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26Sep/11Off

5 Questions in 5 Minutes: Heathen Skulls, 666 Entertainment and Tenzenmen

Posted by Lachlan

In edition #2 of this series we get a reading of the state of Australian music from;

  • Rob of Melbourne-based touring company and label Heathen Skulls, who have brought us countless incredible international stoner and doom acts (most recently Russian Circles). Rob also acts as the skinsmen of Monarch and Grey Daturas (RIP).
  • Nathan of the Sydney-based touring company and label 666 Entertainment. Nath is responsible for the incredible Doomsday Festivals that helps bring attention to worthy stoner, doom, sludge and psychedelic bands every year. Nathan also plays drums in Summonus and Van.
  • Shaun of specialist DIY label and distro Tenzenmen, which sources incredible music from all over the Australiasia.

5 questions with Rob of Heathen Skulls / Monarch! (Melbourne)

  1. Favourite releases in 2011 so far?

    Being I'm a serious fan of sounds from an era long forgotten by modern music enthusiasts, one release I'm insanely looking forward to is the long over due release of the Beach Boys 1966 epic album Smile. It's coming out as a deluxe vinyl release with liner notes and all the extras. The same can be said for deluxe reissue of Nirvana's Nevermind. I can't bloody wait. As for new releases, Russian Circles epic new 4th album is definitely up there, Wolves in the Throne Rooms new album is up there also.

  2. Most anticipated upcoming release?

    The Beach Boys Smile, and Nirvana's Nevermind take the cake for me, that's what i'm holding out for, sorry.

  3. Best live show of 2011?

    The Boredoms 10 drummer exhibition at The Forum Theatre, no wait, that was last year. Um, The Swans, with out a doubt!

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

    I don't think underground Australian music is doomed, I also don't think it's all that dandy either, to be honest. It is what it is, and that's mainly due to musical trends and their relevance flowing like waves in the sea, sometimes their up, sometimes their down, it's all circumstantial. It's like anything in life. With that said the Australian scene seems to be fairly healthy at the moment, from what I can gather, anyway, there's a few decent bands kicking around, some of which are the best i've seen in a long time.

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

    Record buyers and truly passionate music fans will save the Australian underground music scene.

    Check out Heathen Skulls.

5 questions with Nathan of 666 Entertainment / Summonus (Sydney)

  1. Favourite releases in 2011 so far?

    I Exist - II : The Broken Passage and Hydromedusa - Self Titled CD.

  2. Most anticipated upcoming release?

    The new Blood Duster, Clagg and Looking Glass albums should be interesting.

  3. Best live show of 2011?

    High on Fire at Soundwave.

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

    Dandy. A strong base of sick bands is already present with more evolving each year to strengthen the pile. If you want to play a gig or see bands, look around, there are gigs happening - get involved!

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

    Loyal punters who don't just attend gigs featuring international bands will save the Australian underground music scene.

    Check out Doomsday Festival 2011.

5 questions with Shaun of Tenzenmen (Sydney)

  1. Favourite releases in 2011 so far?

    Duck Fight Goose - Flow EP - mathy electronic rock from Shanghai. Domestic release coming soon!

  2. Most anticipated upcoming release?

    Duck Fight Goose full album - new style promised and the players in this band always seem to deliver something unique and interesting. Features members of 33 Island, Boojii, Lava Ox Sea and Muscle Snog.

  3. Best live show of 2011?

    Bone, Michael Crafter, Do Not Resuscitate, Thorax, Thylacine, We Caught the Kraken at Shamhaus.

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

    Everything could always be better and things can always be improved. I'd like to see much more cross over genre wise as there are many people doing similar things that fail to support each other. I'm always excited to find new bands making great music and this year has been no exception. The outlook is always good as far as I'm concerned.

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

    Save it from what? It's not going away, it's not in danger.

    Check out the Tenzenmen store.

Running count: 1 doomed, 3 dandy, 2 meh.

24Nov/09Off

DOWNLOAD: Lightning Bolt live at the Manning Bar bootleg

Posted by Lachlan

Last Saturday night the highly regarded Lightning Bolt duo took to destroying Sydney University's Manning Bar. The feedback I have received about the show (I didn't attend) has been overwhelmingly positive.

Anyways, so these chaps over at Sydney Live blog have uploaded their entire set. Yeah yeah I realise this isn't grindcore you fags, but it's also fucking mental (and fucking retarded). I thought some of you might be interested.

DOWNLOAD IT FOOLS.

You can also download the support sets by Grey Daturas (last ever Sydney show apparently??), Primitive Calculators and Naked on the Vague (and I'm guessing theres a whole lot of other crazy shit on there too). Also, as of tomorrow I'm on holidays for a week.  Treat yoself to some faux-grind news courtesy of Matt.

20Nov/09Off

20/11 Gig Guide: Ebolie, Call The Medic, Call The Nurse, Judged By You

Posted by Matt

Far out its Friday already, and like every other week their is a swarm of gigs that can be attended by the residents of Sydney.

Friday
Hamilton Station Hotel
Judged By You
Clean Break
Exiled
Crashing Planes

Manning Bar
Obituary
Ebolie
Beyond Terror Beyond Grace

Spectrum
Call The Medic, Call The Nurse
Cleaned Out
Skippy The Guava Kangaroo
$10

La Campana
The Stabs
Witch Hats
Ghosts of Television
$12

Saturday
Manning Bar
Lightning Bolt
Grey Daturas

Sunday
The Sandringham Hotel
Judged By You
Clean Break
Sawn Off

Monday
Lightning Bolt Secret Show (HOW MYSTERIOUS!!)!!?!??!!!)

Gold Shoulder

14Aug/09Off

Doomsday, High and Dry and Soundwave

Posted by Lachlan

A few words about three upcoming - and radically different - festivals; Doomsday, High And Dry and Soundwave.

Doomsday Festival
First up; Doomsday hits Sydney tomorrow. To answer the rumours; yes unfortunately both Pod People and Blarke Bayer's (of Grey Datura's I believe) Black Widow have had to pull out of the festival. They have been replaced by Fattura Della Morte; who will once more be reforming to play one of their "final shows ever".

Here is the final line-up and set times. Doors open at the Sandringham Hotel in Newtown at 4pm and entry is now $20 (since Ivan of 666 Entertainment thought it wasn't fair to keep the price as is without Pod People, and because he's just an all-around nice guy).

Sore: 4:15 - 4:45
Fattura Della Morte: 5:05 - 5:35
Space Bong: 5:55 - 6:25
Dread: 6:45 - 7:15
Boonhorse: 7:35 - 8:05
Summonus: 8:25 - 8:55
Looking Glass: 9:15 - 9:45
Agonhymn: 10:05 - 10:40
Clagg: 11:00 - 11:45

I'll definitely be there; however I'll be heading off towards the end to see the amazing Sydney-based singer/songwriter Brian Campeau launch his new album 'Mostly Winter, Sometimes Spring' at The Macquarie Hotel in Surry Hills.

http://www.myspace.com/doomsdayfestaustralia

Soundwave Festival
Next; the line-ups for both High And Dry festival and Soundwave are impressive. Soundwave have secured my interest by promising Faith No More, Meshuggah, Isis and Baroness. I never expected to ever go to one of those awful festivals; but I think this year might just be an essential.

http://www.soundwavefestival.com/

High and Dry Festival
Lastly, the High and Dry line-up already includes such fantastic local acts as The Crooked Fiddle Band, Squid, Svelt, Juke Baritone and the Swamp Dogs, Charlie and the Maddox Factory, Brackets, The Bakery, Monk Fly, Fuji Collective and The Phonies. Early bird tickets are only $120, so hook one up if you want a dose of killer local independent music.

http://www.highanddryfestival.net/

23Jun/09Off

REVIEW: Whourkr – Concrete

Posted by Lachlan

I encountered Whourkr's first release Naat totally by chance during 2008 while searching for music that sounded slightly off-beat, experimental or different. When I saw the description of 'glitched gore/grinding breakcore' I couldn't resist.

Naat was definitely cool for a different take on some very unrelated genres, but the concept felt unfinished. There were definitely a few stand out moments; including a killer breakdown on the first track compromised entirely out of glitched guitar sounds, but overall it felt like the concept could be taken further and executed more cohesively.

Now this might seem like a fairly negative things to say, but it shouldn't be taken like that. Melding genres so extremely far apart is anything but simple, which I assume is why we have over 50,000 brutal death metal bands ripping off Goratory rather than anyone creating their own fucking music. France's Whourkr have a very unique take on extreme music, and they should definitely be respected for that. While Naat might not be perfect, it is still on a far higher rotation than say Cryptopsy's shitheap of a latest offering.

With Concrete, Whourkr have expanded their sound immensely. They draw upon a far greater range of genre elements than ever before. Perhaps coolest of all is that the gore/grind influence is quite diminished. Instead of all songs being built from gore/grind base with elements added on top, all the genres Whourkr toy with are given more prominence. They blend The Bezerker styled 'hardcore' influences (I fucking hate The Bezerker) with brutal death metal, gore grind, various forms of black metal, breakcore (atmospheric/folkish), glitchcore and - perhaps inevitably - elements of Fantomas.

The Fantomas influence is especially obvious in the style of the new vocalist, who I doubt has tried to hide his affection for Mike Patton. While the original vocalist Öxxö Xööx layed down a series of guttural death growls which limited the appeal of the music, the new vocalist gladly experiments with a range of shrieks, glitched yells, yelps and a whole series of other techniques. I also like the fact that Whourkr don't fall into the same mistakes those boring-as-fuck The Bezerker make - namely having poorly sampled glitched snare rolls prominent in the mix. There are few things worse than a poorly sampled snare roll constantly driving itself into your skull.

The massive expansion of sound are evident in songs like Santo, which starts with something of a folkish acoustic black metal piece, then evolves into a doomish piece before finally finishing with a very nice piano bit. Or on Cera Pollutera, with it's clean techy opening riff which is then quickly glitched.

Slaagt opens with a bit of a groovy gore riff, before once more being glitched into oblivion, mixing into a punishing brutal death metal sequence which drops out to leave a pure breakcore drum beat followed by a hauntingly gloomy vocal piece backed by a piano. The black metal influence continues with a very atmospheric black metal section backed by keyboards. This section is then repeated with some very cool sounding breakcore drumming (breakcore over black metal!??!!), a shrieking Fantomas vocal interlude until finally we are blasted into oblivion and left with an echoing scream and electronic noises as a closer. Awesome!

This album is a fairly large step forward and very impressive in terms of the amount of experimentation with fusing different styles and techniques. However, I feel that Whourkr are still yet to put their vision together cohesively. Everything still feels just a little disjointed. Whourkr may have not totally realised their potential, but this is still a fucking great album the duo should be congratulated for. If you like electronic music vs. metal type music - like the shitty The Bezerker or the much cooler Ladyscraper - then waste no time in checking these guys out. Infact, everyone should be forced to listen to this album - especially you boring death metal assholes who feel threatened when you hear anything but the same song rehashed for the billionth time.

Much respect to Crucial Blast for picking these guys up. They are a perfect fit for the label who has brought us fantastically varied music from the likes of Genghis Tron, Weedeater, Monarch, Grey Daturas, Noism and Scott Hull. I'm sure there is much more to be discovered within their catalog.

http://www.myspace.com/whourkr
http://www.crucialblast.net/

17Jun/09Off

Doomsday 2009 Line-Up for NSW, VIC & ACT!

Posted by Lachlan

Those cool doomed cats of 666 Entertainment have put together one killer festival of stoner, psychedelic, dtone, sludge and doom bands. Dubbed Doomsday, the festival will do the rounds at the Northcote Social Club in Melbourne, The ANU Bar in Canberra and The Bald Faced Stag in Sydney.

This years line-up features some of my favourite Australian bands, including Pod People, Grey Daturas, Clagg, Looking Glass, Space Bong, Summonus and Boonhorse. This definitely looks like a show that you do not want to miss. I know I can't wait for it. Check out the full line-up for each show below. Doooooooooooooooooooooom.

Melbourne Sat 1st August
The Northcote Social Club
$25 - Doors at 4:30pm
Pod People
The Grey Daturas
Clagg
Agonhymn
Heirs
Looking Glass
Summonus
Dread
Space Bong
Boonhorse

Canberra – Sat 8th August
The ANU Bar
$25 - Doors at 4:30pm
Pod People
Looking Glass
The Grey Daturas
Agonhymn
Clagg
Summonus
Dread
Sore
Space Bong
Encircling Sea

Sydney - Sat 15th August
The Bald Faced Stag Hotel
$25 - Doors at 4:30pm
Pod People
Agonhymn
Summonus
Clagg
The Grey Daturas
Looking Glass
Boonhorse
Space Bong
Dread
Sore

http://www.myspace.com/doomsdayfestaustralia
http://www.myspace.com/666entertainment


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