Jurassic Penguin (NZ) decided in their trademark fashion to do something dumb with little thought and have now decided to move to Australia so we're doing some shows to get accustomed to our new country! Here are some dates they have thrown together over the past few months, we want to play as many shows as we can so have us play in your lounge/livingroom/bathroom please.
JP wish to introduce our fine nation to the Auckland’s displaced hardcore scene. The 5 piece play a blend of straight up and passionate DIY hardcore music for fans of Converge, Cursed, and Poison The Well. Supporting them for the trip will be noodle rock band Wallow, who are also heaps goods cunts from the Gold Coast and play emo pop music in the vein of American Football and hence every other Owen band throughout time.
Please like Jurassic Penguins page so they can overtake Parkway Drive and feel good about themselves and after that download their music to stick it to the law and feel good about yourself.
Wallow don't really want you to like them, they're to exclusive for the likes of you.. but do it just to piss them off.
Friday 22nd: Brisbane - Fat Louie's w/ Idylls (LP Launch), Marathon & Cape Weather.
Tuesday 26th: Sydney - Valve w/ Vices, Kangaroo Kebab, Postal, Tired Minds.
*Wednesday 27th: New Castle - Hamilton Station Hotel 'Hellnights' w/ Idylls & Inhale the sea
Thursday 28th: Wollongong - Good Jelly w/ Break A Leg, Clipped Wings, Cold Youth, Punchdagger
*Friday 29th: Sydney - Jura w/ Idylls & Zita Grimm
Saturday 30th: Melbourne - Black Goat w/ Michael Crafter, Old Skin & Kolkkous
Sunday 1st July: Melbourne - The Bendigo w/ Michael Crafter, Stockades, Term Four & Postal
Australian hardcore today seems to be a long way from the days of old Toe to Toe - or even the polished hardcore offerings of later-era Mindsnare. Today's scene is being shaped and driven by like In Trenches, Lo!, Totally Unicorn, Robotosaurus, The Rivalry (I miss you), Night Hag, No Anchor, IDYLLS, The Matador and At Dark. These bands are embracing experimentation, complex rhythms, noise, dissonance, dirging drone and ambience in a move away from the sterile 'one mood, one volume' sound of overcompressed modern hardcore - and this makes me exceedingly happy.
Melbourne's In Trenches really represent a lot of the best progressive elements in modern Australian hardcore. Their music has a basis in seething, noisy hardcore sludge with a slight black metal tinge and occasional departure into spacey post-metal meditation. They're forging a more dynamic and progressive style of heavy music that owe as much to bands like Isis, Cult of Luna, and Wolves in the Throne Room as they do Converge and Eyehategod.
Sol Obscura also represents a complete rejection of the sterile production of modern hardcore. There are no close-mic'd, beat-replaced drums to be found here, and the guitars are cold, squashed and over-compressed. Instead, In Trenches have opted for a far more organic approach, which allows for far more life, more feeling and more dynamics in the music. (Insert a recognition that recording/mixing was handled by a Joel Taylor at Three Phase Studios.)
If this is where hardcore music is moving - into more progressive and dynamic territory - then I can't wait to see how the style progresses. And it would seem that, once again, Australia is on the very cusp of a new development in underground music.
Do yourself a favour. Listen to In Trenches and support Australian underground music.
Nice one, Monolith.
Anyway, they've got a new track out called "Teenage Noose" from their upcoming release "Farewell All Joy" out soon on Monolith and Tenzenmen. Seems positive.
Looking forward to hearing more from them. Apparently tour dates announced shortly.
Melbourne's In Trenches kick a fair amount of ass. They play dark, sludgy hardcore with touch of post-metal and a whole lot of conviction. I've been spinning their new album SOL OBSCURA quite regularly these last few months.
Sydney d-beat crust hardcore punx roxers Dark Horse have got their 2011 demo online for free download. It's pretty nice man. Real raging, nice noisy, crust production and solid playing.
The band is full of old mates who have been around for ages. Dark Horse has members of Dischord, Frank Rizzo, None Remain, Rock N' Roll Weapon, Unclean, Vae Victus, Cause and Effect, etc. That's probably why they don't suck.
Then you can like them on Facebook and we can all be e-friends.