The mix itself has a bit of grindcore, hardcore, noisecore, fastcore, punk rock (etc), and by the bands included it would seem like old mate certainly has a bit of taste, because this mixtape includes the likes of 4 Dead, Suffer, Deathcage, White Male Dumbinance, Internal Rot, Black Bong, IDYLLS, Taipan and whole lot more!
Press release, tracklisting and download link to follow.
Australian punk is in a reasonably healthy state at the moment and I suppose the proof is in the following collection of music. I wouldn’t say that this is a definitive example of every band in this country currently, but I like to believe that this is a reasonably accurate example of the greater scenes diversity and strength. Though not every band I wanted involved is included here (some didn’t get back to me, some were just unreachable, and some I’ve purposely omitted), I did go to the trouble to compile a pretty eclectic and mixed bill. On offer here there’s at least one band from every major capital, as well as many of the smaller scenes in between. Australian hardcore is a very mixed pot by nature; on this mix tape we’ve got everything from straight up hardcore and shitty punk, right through to noisecore, metallic hardcore, to grindcore, doom and heaps in between. I’m happy with the outcome, and I hope this does well to explain what we’re about down here. We’re a little different.
- Taipan- Death To The Pharaoh
- Shackles- Your Skin, My Graft
- Burn The Hostages- Eat Shit
- Idylls- Love As Dirge/Rise And Entomb Rituals
- Downpour- Plague Lord
- Last Chaos- Sex Priest
- Defeat- Warbride
- Vaginors- De-sex
- Sick People- Final Verdict
- Extortion- Decompose
- Black Bong- Draft II: Satan’s Ride
- Kicked In- ATF
- Eye Gouge!- Enforcer
- Mammon- III
- Sick Society- Slow Death
- Reckless Aggression- Senseless Behavior
- Krömosom- Systematic Death
- Negative Reinforcement- Salesman
- Internal Rot- Eyelids
- White Male Dumbinance- Sick Of Goodbyes
- Suffer- No Time To Coexist
- 4 Dead- Icebreaker
- Deathcage- Plague Of The Rats
- Agents of Abhorrence
- Captain Cleanoff
- The Kill
- White Male Dumbinance
- Space Bong
- Straightjacket Nation
- God God Dammit Dammit
We may be small but thank fuck we are loud.
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Alright, so my brain is still scrambled and I've spent most of the last few days trying to piece myself back together, but let's see if I can't churn out a quick little rundown of Ebolie's South Australian and Western Australian tour.
First off, Adelaide is fucking freezing. Kegan of Space Bong and Death-Cult Jock was nice enough to arrange the show, arrange a backline, put us up for the night, and tend to our various rockstar demands. He's always a very generous man which is very much appreciated. Anyone looking to play a show in Adelaide; you should speak to that man.
We played in some fucked up venue called Live On Light. Picture this: one half of the venue filled with scummy fans of doom and grindcore, dressed predominately in black and out of their minds while - the other half is an ultra-trendy pop/house dance nightclub. One room had Space Bong playing ultra-droning doom with an awe-inspiringly loud sound, while out the front door shitty little 90's dance tunes played. Slightly disconcerting. Even funnier was the fact that the vocals from the bands next door was coming through the PA in the dance club - and seriously who hasn't wanted to hear Daft Punk with guttural lows?
Death-Cult Jock were quite cool, even better than I'd remembered from Scumfest 2009. They play really tight punky Napalm Death and Terrorizer styled grindcore with some doom mixed in for good measure. One Step Beyond seemed a little distant from the crowd most of the night, but they put on an excellent show with an amazing mix of Morbid Angel, Macabre and Primus. That bassist can slap like a mutha-fucker and their more experimental moments were especially cool.
Space Bong. What can be said about Space Bong? I'm starting to think they might be my new favourite Australian band. They play droning Earth and Sleep Dopesmoker-era doom and they are fucking amazing. They are also incredibly loud. Guitarist Dave (who also plays in Death-Cult Jock and God God Dammit Dammit, not to mention he's ex-The Rivalry) is simply a fucking genius. Everything he touches turns to musical gold. Buy their album from Anno Vo's (Crux) label. See them play.
Finally God God Dammit Dammit came out to play to an absolutely sauced crowd at 2am; they're akin to the Sydney band Brass Knuckles. They are the ultimate 13 piece funk party band. The energy these guys inject the crowd with is absolutely amazing. Always a blast. Shortly after they finished up, the venue closed up but allowed the bands and our group of friends to stay to drink, smoke and party until the sun came up. God damn I love Adelaide.
Dyson (Soundworks Touring, Prime Cuts and Cuntscrape amongst plenty else) is the man with the plan when it comes to Perth. The first night he set up a killer metal gig then pulled through with an Extortion support slot the next night! The first night was opened by Death Fucking Cunt, followed by those lovable Carcass and Macabre perverted grinders Maximum Perversion. That actually marked the third tour which Ebolie has played with the Maxi P guys on (Exhumed 2003, Maxi P East Coast Tour 2007, Ebolie SA/WA Tour 2009). Cuntscrape closed up the night of depravity to a very solid crowd (I think around 140 payers?).
Afterwards we spent the night drinking Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey and watching Kickboxer, John Rambo and Twins. After visiting Bon Scott's grave (which was as an anticlimactic event as they come), we played our last show on the Sunday. The gig opened up with Suffer who play noisy hardcore a la Breach which was quite cool. I didn't catch much of Agony or Arterial Heamorrhage unforunately since I was foraging for food.
By the time we played the crowd was quite intoxicated. Quite suprisingly we were received the best that night amongst a group of hardcore and powerviolence bands - better than we had the grind, doom, crust and death metal crowds. Extortion were fucking awesome. I sat back and just watched that powerhouse of a drummer absoutely destroy his kit - those guys are amazingly tight live. I saw these guys play in Sydney back a few months ago at the Bald Faced, but the larger venue really sucked out the energy of the band and to tell you the truth I didn't enjoy them on that occasion.
Killer tour. Much thanks to the likes of Kegan and Dyson for making it all happen, and for the hospitality of Maximum Perversion and Space Bong. I'll surely be back to your towns in the very near future (my new stoner project heads to Adelaide in October actually).