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13Dec/12Off

Battle Pope vs. Jesus Christ Posse Australian tour; split LP out now

Posted by Lachlan

Battle Pope vs. Jesus Christ Posse - Fuck armageddon this is JCPThe 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

Battle Pope vs. Jesus Christ Posse Australian Tour

27Sep/12Off

Weekend Gig Guide Sept 28-30

Posted by Mathias

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.

FRIDAY

LAST MEASURE (VIC) + SPLIT TEETH (formerly OLD SKIN) + DARK HORSE + INEBRIOUS BASTARD
@ Blackwire Records, Sydney
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SPACE BONG + NOUS + EXTINCT/EXIST + MORTARIAN + MORE
@ The Reverence, Melbourne

BURNING CHURCH FOREST + GORAK + thedowngoing + DRILLBIT + HEDONIST + EPSILON + MERMAIDS
@ Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle
details

SATURDAY

SPACEBONG (SA) + LAST MEASURE + THORAX + NO ACTION (SA) + YES I'M LEAVING + SPLIT TEETH (VIC) + SPOONFED + FUNERAL MOON (SA) + OSEDAX
@ The Pharmacy, Newcastle
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SUNDAY

TEEN AXE + ENDURO + DRY MOUTH + DRILLBIT + CERTIFIED FOOLS + [the] ALZHEIMER BLANKS + ORANJI PUNJABI + HIPPIES ON SMACK + MERMAIDS + TISTRIALLAL BINDS + BLEAK + MORE
@ The Pharmacy, Newcastle
info

SPACE BONG + BATTLE POPE + thedowngoing + SPOONFED + LAST MEASURE
@ Blackwire Records, Sydney
click for shits

it's the CVLT-DRONING-BLACKENED-CRUST-PUNK GRIND-FUNK EXPLOSION OF NOISE WEEKEND!

8Aug/12Off

Sydney Weekend Gig Guide

Posted by mothereel

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.

Adrift For Days Album Launch

 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.

Grannyfist DVD Launch

 
There's also a gig happening at The Valve Bar on Saturday called 'Erkstock'.  Couldn't find a poster or event page.  It looks like it's more a hard rock thing for some guy's birthday.  Who are you not to attend?

Facebook Events:

Adrift For Days Event

Grannyfist Event

29Jun/12Off

7 Australian bands you should know about

Posted by Lachlan

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.

Hydromedusa

Hydromedusa

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

The Reverend Jesse CusterThese 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.

IDYLLS

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

In TrenchesIn 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.

Killsong

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

Jesus Christ PosseSydney 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.

Space Bong

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).

3Jun/12Off

DOWNLOAD: Drone from the Underside of the Earth compilation

Posted by mothereel
Lachlan has spent a lot of hours on this project this year. He really wanted to draw attention to some of the country's awesome fuzzy, droney, drug-addled groups, that perhaps don't get the attention they deserve - especially outside of Australia - because the reality is we can boast some of the most unique and varied slow music of any country.
Drone From The Underside Of The Earth

Drone From The Underside Of The Earth Front Cover

So Lachlan set off with intent to pull together some of his favourite artists in Australia's stoner, sludge, doom and drone scenes in order to get more people to discover great Australian underground music. But he was a little naive of quite how long it would take him!
The hard work paid off in the end. Drone form the Underside of the Earth features a selection of 26 tracks. This is a rare, eye-opening peek into Australia's rich underground music scene. At 3-and-a-half hours in length it's quite a ride, but we sincerely hope that you at least discover a few new bands as a result of this work.
Drone from the Underside of the Earth is a FREE digital compilation featuring Australia's best stoner, sludge, doom and drone bands, featuring: Space Bong, Hydromedusa, Adrift for Days, Looking Glass, In Trenches, No Anchor, Drowing Horse, Sons of the Ionian Sea, Summonus, DEAD, Futility, Clagg, Mother Eel, Log, Battle Pope,  Law Of The Tongue, Arrowhead, Moth, Shellfin, Futility, Sore, Noûs, Atolah, The Slow Death, Mother Mars, Lint and Houdini.
1Feb/12Off

Hydromedusa heaps cult tape release

Posted by Lachlan

Hydromedusa cassette tapeHydromedusa are a killer new doom and stoner rock band from South Australia.  They have a fancy new cassette tape out.

You should:

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!

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