IDYLLS' new album, optimistically titled 'Farewell All Joy', is available now through Monolith and Tenzenmen.
When you pre-order the 12" you get an IMMEDIATE download of the album. It's fucking loose. They've got some cool shirts too. Check it out if you're into Agents of Abhorrence, early Converge or Discordance Axis (and maybe Daughters or The Locust?).
Press thing says this:
‘Farewell All Joy’ is an intense journey that brings to ferocious light the uglier sides of human experience. Brisbane’s IDYLLS balance astounding technical precision and an unbridled punishment across all instruments with a gnashing, multi-faceted vocal input. The 10 harrowing tracks warp 20 minutes through an insurmountable passage of time, with absolutely maniacal arrangements, grinding intensity, and sudden yet progressive drops in mood as key components.
Oh yeah, and they're playing 30 June at Black Wire Records with Serious Beak. More on that later.
With the number of pub venues continuing to dwindle, it is often Australia’s underground, fringe and niche artists that find themselves on the wrong end of the budget axe. In these times the importance of DIY / independent performance spaces freed from excessive overheads are becoming increasingly important to maintain the extremely diverse, experimental music scenes Australia boasts so strongly.
Black Wire Records are quite simply, one of the only record stores across this sparse nation of ours that still actively supports Australia’s burgeoning underground music scene. For the last 12 months this Annandale-based store has put on at least three in-store gigs every single week, giving a space for Sydney indie, DIY, punk, crust, grind, noise, rock, metal and hardcore bands to perform.
Come March 20, Black Wire Records will be hosting an all-ages in-store showcase of some of Sydney’s fastest and most dissonant underground groups – all for a mere $5. The evenings headliners are Dee Why’s positive powerviolence duo Michael Crafter, who provide an extremely unique blast of grinding punk rock mixed with a bizarrely entertaining, almost naïve sense of humour.
Meanwhile Battle Pope aggressively wield their pious brand of hyper-sexualised all-swinging, all-blasting mix of sludge/grind like a Paladin would wield his blessed sword. Then, Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt offer up short bursts of jazz-influenced dissonant intensity bringing to mind Calculating Infinity-era Dillinger Escape Plan with touches of Converge and The Locust.
The afternoon opens up with obnoxious powerpop trio Sweet Teeth and young thrashing punkers McLovin. It all kicks off at 3pm on March 20. BYOB. All ages.
Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=111659722242915
Alright, it's another slow new day/week. So here is a list of killer bands you should familiarise yourself with. Be forewarned; most of them are not metal (which shoudn't really bother you if you have a taste in music rather than a taste in one genre).
Brian Campeau: an incredible acoustic singer/songwriter originally from Canadian, but now located in Sydney. Brian has an incredible vocal range matched with a very unorthodox style of guitar playing. His recorded works are influenced by the likes of Thom Yorke and Bjork; balancing soaring emotional vocals with equal parts minimalist acoustic recordings and dreamy atmospheric textures.
Five Star Prison Cell: a totally unique Australian metal band based heavily around the polyrhythmic complexity of Meshuggah with a healthy helping of groove. These guys are further differentiated by an extremely dynamic vocalist. There is definitely no other band like them; and after seeing these guys play last Friday I have to say they are probably the most insanely tight fuck-off musicians I have seen from a band in a long time.
Helm: I cannot say enough good words about these guys. They have taken the high points of Cult of Luna, Neurosis and Isis and transformed those elements into something really unique. Amazing clean sung harmonies accompany anguished screams and an endless back catalog of killer riffs, build-ups and meditations. Musically these guys fucking know how to structure a song. The more I listen to their debut album, the more I begin to realise that it will not take long for these guys to surpass anything Isis and Cult of Luna have had to offer - and considering my love for both those bands, that is not a small statement to make.
Hospital the Musical: the meeting of Botch, The Locust and The Dillinger Escape Plan. Insanely talented musicians making technically obscene, raging hardcore. Now that could sound like a recipe for disaster, but this bands flirtation with the experimental and dedication to constantly pushing their music in new directions make these guys Australia's best band in the genre since The Rivalry. Their new full length REDorphan is fucking amazing.
Looking Glass: these dudes hark back to the days when psychedelic rock ruled the earth with guitar-wielding gods with obscene narcotic-based diets. Without a doubt, this is THE BEST fucking band in Australia when it comes to stoner and psychedelic rock. They take the best elements of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix without ever sounding derivative. Their live presence is absolutely fucking crushing; and once more (as seems to be the theme) their musicianship is impeccable. Guitarist/vocalist Marcus is one of those rare virtuosos on guitar that makes everyone shut the fuck up and stare in disbelief at the maniac hacking at his guitar strings in total aural ecstacy. Fucking check them out.
Pirate: insane psychedelic and progressive rock. These guys are like The Mars Volta... if The Mars Volta were just 4 dudes playing intensely complex prog shit infused with such incredible groove-hooks and catchy rhythms they didn't need a vocalist to back them up. These dudes are relatively new to the Sydney scene; and fuck me if they havent got everyone's undivided attention.
Squid: two drummers, a double-bassist and two saxes busting out insanely catchy beats in stupid time signatures, and then proceeding jam and dance. I don't know what to call this other than a party jazz jam band, but that label hardly does the immensely talented band members any justice.