The new Battle Pope vs. Jesus Christ Posse split 12" LP is out now and available for free download over at Art As Catharsis.
If you haven't heard them, Battle Pope describe themselves as "Little Richard wildly fucking Blood Duster, Captain Cleanoff and Elvis at a hedonist coke-orgy". Jesus Christ Posse sound like Black Flag with Billy Graham on vocals, or D.R.I. fronted by Pat Robertson.
Tour dates below. Facebook event here.
Battle Pope vs. Jesus Christ Posse Australian Tour
Fri 18 Jan - Sun Distortion Studios, Brisbane (AA)
w/ Machina Genova, Fvck Mountain, Ritual Harm
Sat 19 Jan - Rhys' House, Sunshine Coast
Sun 20 Jan - Wasp Factory, Lismore
Tue 22 Jan - Venue TBC, Byron Bay
Wed 23 Jan - Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle
Fri 25 Jan - The Pot Belly Hotel, Canberra
w/ Wretch + TBC
Sat 26 Jan - The Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney
w/ The Guantanamo Bay City Rollers (SA), Peter Brock (SA), Snakes Get Bad Press
Fri 1 Feb - Venue TBC, Melbourne
w/ We Lost the Sea, Fully Cooked + TBC
Sat 2 Feb - Scumfest 2013, Old Queens Theatre, Adelaide
w/ Totally Unicorn, Captain Cleanoff, Space Bong, God God Dammit Dammit, We Lost the Sea, The Guantanamo Bay City Rollers and many more
A shit-load of stuff happening this weekend, here's the details for what i could find... including SPACE BONG on the road, LAST MEASURE venturing north and thedowngoing's final shows before touring the USA.
or stay at home, drink a tinnie or ten and watch some football.
LAST MEASURE (VIC) + SPLIT TEETH (formerly OLD SKIN) + DARK HORSE + INEBRIOUS BASTARD
@ Blackwire Records, Sydney
SPACE BONG + NOUS + EXTINCT/EXIST + MORTARIAN + MORE
@ The Reverence, Melbourne
BURNING CHURCH FOREST + GORAK + thedowngoing + DRILLBIT + HEDONIST + EPSILON + MERMAIDS
@ Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle
SPACEBONG (SA) + LAST MEASURE + THORAX + NO ACTION (SA) + YES I'M LEAVING + SPLIT TEETH (VIC) + SPOONFED + FUNERAL MOON (SA) + OSEDAX
@ The Pharmacy, Newcastle
TEEN AXE + ENDURO + DRY MOUTH + DRILLBIT + CERTIFIED FOOLS + [the] ALZHEIMER BLANKS + ORANJI PUNJABI + HIPPIES ON SMACK + MERMAIDS + TISTRIALLAL BINDS + BLEAK + MORE
@ The Pharmacy, Newcastle
SPACE BONG + BATTLE POPE + thedowngoing + SPOONFED + LAST MEASURE
@ Blackwire Records, Sydney
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it's the CVLT-DRONING-BLACKENED-CRUST-PUNK GRIND-FUNK EXPLOSION OF NOISE WEEKEND!
I should be doing Grindhead things and to some extent this is related... Here's a choose your own adventure/genre for Friday night. Free Doom or Death and Grind in Tempe?
Adrift For Days release their 2nd album this Friday night. It's getting great reviews and the show is free.
Grannyfist are launching their DVD. I don't know who has seen it, but I'm told there's content on there that means it had to be created in another state.
Back in 2008 I wrote a piece called 'New bands you should know about in the Australian scene'. Since then, that piece has consistently been one of our highest traffic drivers. So, I've resolved to update my list to tell you a little bit about the Australian bands that are rocking my world now in 2012.
These Adelaide-based stoner/doom merchants and quite simply one of the fastest rising stars in Australia's underground. They Combine incredibly classy, high-energy blues-based rock with thc-drenched, psychedelic sensabilities, and an apprenticeship from our nation's greatest doom band, Space Bong, these guys are one hell of a dynamic and versatile
unit. They can make you tap your does, wallow in drugged-out bliss, or drop you into a pit of droning despair - like a magicial amalgammation of Church of Misery, Bongzilla, and Space Bong.
Go download their debut album for free. Word is they've been working on a new one; and I'm hoping they're a staple for this years Doomsday Festival.
The Reverend Jesse Custer
These Canberra grindpals are awesome, awesome, AWESOME. Seriously, I struggle to think of a more exciting Australian live band at this point in time. Every single time I've seen these guys play, I've been blown away -- and they just keep getting better.
The Reverend Jesse Custer mix up seething metallic hardcore, with gritty sludge, frenetic grind, feedback, fury and groove. As a band they're never sitting still. Their compositions are as intelligent as they are enjoyable. A single-tempo genre band these guys definitely are not.
Just fucking awesome. I don't feel like their recording fully does them justice, but you should check it out regardless. A new one has apparently already been put to tape.
Man, has these been a buzz about these guys! I'm writing this a few days before IDYLLS hit Sydney as part of their 2-week tour of Australia. Their new album "Farewell All Joy" has been kicking peoples asses for the last few months, and I simply cannot wait to see them unleash their bizarre form of aural carnage live.
These guys play unique, furious metallic hardcore here in the vein of Dillinger Escape Plan, Agents of Abhorrence and early Converge. Awesome. Go get it.
In Trenches play seething metallic hardcore from Melbourne. These veterans have been instrumental in leading Australia's new brand of hardcore - focused on infusing complex rhythms, post-metal, sludge and even psychedelic and blackened elements.
Their recent album Sol Obscura is a cracker. Check it out.
And now for something completely different. These guys remind me of the multi-headed beastfuck spawn of a smokey, seedy jazz band, a rock opera, a group of sketchy gypsy circus toughs, a brilliant improvised spoken-word poet descending into madness, and a degenerate that is forced to clown for meth. Essentially they're indescribably brilliant. Their music / performance is theatric, musically impressive, comedic, and generally just mind-blowing. Absolute insanity.
Features members of Squat Club, Darth Vegas, Gauche, The Bznzz, Slimey Things, Rica Tetas and other awesome things. They've got some live bootlegs up on their Soundcloud, but their debut album should be out through Art As Catharsis a little later in the year.
Jesus Christ Posse
Sydney old school hardcore punk rock executed brilliantly, and with a hilarious militant Christian schtick. Apparently at their last show they begun by reenacting the crucifixtion of Jesus on a giant cross, then raised their front man from the dead to start the first song.
Another one thats more of a live band, but check out the album.
Still the best droning doom band on the planet. Definitely up there with Yob, Iron Monkey, Eyehategod, Sunn O))), Earth and the like. They've got a new album coming out a bit
later in the year, but for now you can enjoy 2010's The Death of Utopia (though I'm not sure if 'enjoy' is the right word if we're talking one of the darkest and most depressive bands on earth).
- Bbuy their new cassette tape.
- Download their self-titled debut for free.
- Follow them on Facebook.
- Take more drugs.
Hydromedusa exploded onto Australia’s stoner/doom scene in 2011 with their stunning self-titled debut album. With the CD-version of their album already sold out, Art As Catharsis is very pleased to print a limited run of 100 cassette tapes. The tapes are professionally dubbed, with DIY digitally printed artwork and inserts.
Hydromedusa's brand of blues-tinged sludge metal is marked by a psychedelic streak, dark downtempo detours into passages of heavy doom and bursts of high-energy rocking stoner tunes.
Fans of Witchcraft, Church of Misery, Space Bong, Looking Glass and Graveyard - check it out!