Over the years Sydney 2-piece thedowngoing have proven to be one of Australia's darkest, nosiest, and most chaotic grindcore bands. The dastardly duo are set to release their newest aural atrocity "ATHOUSANDYEARSOFDARKNESS" next month.
The 12 track, 10 minute noisegrind experiment will be released via “Cancerous” Slimline CD and be available for streaming/purchasing/pirating at thedowngoing.blogspot.com from Friday July 20th, 2012.
The guys have also assembled one hell of a tour in support of the album:
FRIDAY JULY 13th - BUDERIM FUSION YOUTH CENTRE SUNSHINE COAST, QLD
w/ Idylls, Laeirs, Vile Specimen, Shackles & more
SATURDAY JULY 14th - FAT LOUIES BRISBANE, QLD
w/ Vassals, Brazen Bull & more
SATURDAY JULY 21st - SLAUGHTERFEST SYDNEY, NSW
All day festival at The Sandringham Hotel, Newtown
Feat. Agonhymn, Lo, Mother Eel, Mish, Brazen Bull, Moth, We Lost the Sea & more
SATURDAY JULY 28th - BENDIGO HOTEL COLLINGWOOD, VIC
w/ The Kill, The Day Everything Became Nothing & Headless Death
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 1st – BAR OPEN FITZROY, VIC
w/ Penguins & See Saw
SATURDAY AUGUST 4th - SQUATTERS ARMS, ADELAIDE, SA
w/ Death Cult-Jock, Trash, Iron Worzel & Prison Bitch
Press release follows:
Sydney grindcore 2-piece thedowngoing are set to release their newest aural atrocity "ATHOUSANDYEARSOFDARKNESS"
The 12 track, 10 minute noisegrind experiment will be released via “Cancerous” Slimline CD and be available for streaming/purchasing/pirating at THEDOWNGOING.BLOGSPOT.COM from Friday July 20th, 2012.
After the 2011 release of their Untitled EP mini-CD, thedowngoing have caught the attention of many in the grind community, including AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED vocalist J. RANDALL, who digitally re-released the EP on his own label GRINDCORE KARAOKE.
thedowngoing would go on to be awarded the title of BEST RELEASE OF 2011 by GRINDTODEATH.COM and 7th by GRINDANDPUNISHMENT.BLOGSPOT.COM "...Untitled EP shows the band reaching new, dizzying artistic heights."
"ATHOUSANDYEARSOFDARKNESS" builds on the platforms laid by 2011's Untitled EP, refining and pushing thedowngoings' unique sound further. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Jono Boulet (Jonathan Boulet, Snake Face) "ATHOUSANDYEARSOFDARKNESS" is a vicious listening experience as thedowngoing teeters on the edge between grindcore and complete audio collapse.
And what better soundtrack to the harsh winter conditions, than to have thedowngoing venture out from their nihilistic cave dwelling existence to provide godless grindcore to the frostbitten masses on their 2012 WINTER TOUR throughout July and August.
My honest thoughts? This would sound heaps better and cvlter if it was only sourced from Melbourne.
Auckland’s best noisy boys god bows to math are touring the bloody hell out of Australia.
Three years in the making, recorded twice after a hard drive failure wiped the originals, but they got there!
It shows; god bows to math meshes the group’s latest works such as the moody “Slow Decline” and “Paper Trails” with their older work from previous releases. An amalgamation of the tried and tested with the new and exciting, which has allowed the band to proverbially stretch their legs.
April 13th - Adelaide - Crown & Anchor - with No Action and SparkShifter
April 14th - Melbourne - Gasometer - with Shit Weather
April 15th - Melbourne - Irene’s Warehouse (All Ages) - with Palisades
April 17th - Newcastle - Pharmacy - with Lennin Lennon
April 18th - Wollongong - Yours & Owls
April 19th - Canberra - Phoenix
April 20th - Sydney - The Roxbury - with Hira Hira and Mere Women
April 21st - Brisbane - Fat Louie’s - with Make More
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?
Sydney’s 2-piece noisegrind purveyors’ thedowngoing are travelling south to unleash their ultra distorted cacophony of sound upon the unsuspecting masses of Melbourne this November in support of their latest EP. Watch out for their pessimistically positive attitude and ability to party harder than your average grind fan.
The self released, untitled mini-CD EP was recorded at the Brain Studios Surry Hills with Michael Taverner and mastered by Matheson Vaughn of local posi-violence heroes MICHAEL CRAFTER, and features 9 tracks of abrasive blasting in ten minutes.
Frontman Mathias Huxley provides an almost nauseating vocal performance atop his swirling guitar playing while skinsman, Muzz, supplies the spine to the sound with stoned blastbeats and jagged snare-work, while an organic layer of samples squirm into any moment of space, rounding out the claustrophobic sound of thedowngoing.
Hitting the road with support from some of Victoria’s most charming local bands, thedowngoing will be spitting vicious chunks of musical nihilism at the following events throughout November.
Thursday November 24 - Gasometer (upstairs) Collingwood
w/ Penguins, Go Genre Everything & Monolith
Friday November 25 - The Parlour Preston
w/ Dane Certificate, Pop Singles, Red Red Krovvy & Zombie Psychologist
Saturday November 26 - House Show Thornbury
w/ DEAD, Galactagogue & Monolith