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Download that radio show I did

Posted by Lachlan

Last Saturday I got blunted and muttered disembodied statements alongside Micko during his 2RRR 88.5FM Thematics radio show. I also got to pick the tunes based around the theme 'Doom and Gloom'.

Well now, you can download that 2 hour show if you feel so inclined. There are plenty of killer tunes in there from the likes of NoMeansNo, Beth Gibbons, Earth, Bohren & Der Club of Gore, Carla Kihlstedt and Venetian Snares alongside Australian artists like Brian Campeau, Gauche, Gotye and The Rivalry. I can just about guarantee this intense barrage of melancholy music will make you want to off yourself.

The Rivalry - —
Alice In Chains - Nutshell
Led Zeppelin - Babe I’m Gonna Leave You
Soundgarden - Fell On Black Days
The Beatles - Yesterday
Bjork - Gloomy Sunday
Weedeater - Woe’s Me
Bill Withers - Ain’t No Sunshine
The Mars Volta - Asilos Magdalena
NoMeansNo - The World Wasn’t Built In A Day
Clint Mansell feat. Kronos Quartet - Lux Aeterna
Venetian Snares - I’m Sorry I’ve Failed You
Bohren and der Club Of Gore - Midnight Black Earth
Brian Campeau - Throwing Blame
Carla Kihlstedt - Plane Song
Cult Of Luna - And With Her Came The Birds
Gauche - Can’t Get Back
Radiohead - Like Spinning Plates (live)
Gotye - Can’t Get Back
John Lee Hooker - Too Young
Portishead - Undenied
Beth Gibbons and Rustin Man - Show
Earth - Omens and Portents: The Driver
Botch - Afghamistam


Lachlan guest hosts 88.5FM from 11pm this Saturday

Posted by Lachlan

I am a guest on Thematics 2RRR 88.5FM this Saturday night. I get to talk shit and program all the tunes from 11pm til 1am.

Since the show is 'Thematics' I have chosen a melancholy theme which will feature the likes of Gauche, The Rivalry, Bjork, Beth Gibbons, John Lee Hooker, Botch, Earth, Bohren & Der Club of Gore, Bill Withers, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Venetian Snares, Weedeater, Brian Campeau, Radiohead, Gotye, Nomeansno and some more music you would do well to hear.

Tune in or download the show after the fact at to hear my narcissistic self-important drug-affected ramblings. Also, be super-cool with the most important Facebook event you will ever virtually attend.


REVIEW: Death-Cult Jock – West End Blast

Posted by Lachlan

Death-Cult Jock are a new South Australian grind band that - in typically incestuous Adelaidian fashion - features members of other noteworthy groups of various styles including; God God Dammit Dammit, Space Bong, Robotosaurus and The Rivalry. If you're familiar with any of the aforementioned bands, then you should already know this is going to be some serious grinding business.

Death-Cult Jock play a stripped back distillation of early punk-influenced Napalm Death and slightly more death metal influenced Terrorizer. Jock's appropriately metallic, crusty bass crackles underneath the mix of frenzied, blasting drums and tremolo picked, distorted guitars. Kegan's vocals are a combination of extremely harsh mids and low belows, appropriately tinged with a misanthropic gain-ridden crust/black metal edge that remind me ever so slightly of Tomas Lindberg's work in Lock Up, with the occasional Mitch Harris-esque high shriek.

Of the twelve songs that appear on the album, seven clock in at less than a minute. Infact, four songs only hit the 10 second mark, including the tracks Christian Punks Fuck Off, Uni Wankers Fuck Off and Death-Cult Jock Fuck Off. The group also expand the sound with a few brief nods towards old school doom - and let me clarify; we're not talking about the more modern European grind bands trendy penchant for a slowed down hardcore riff passed off as doom; I mean the REAL doom. The final track Numb ends with an absolute monster of a riff that would be appreciated by fans of Celtic Frost. An absolutely crushing way to end a relentless grind album (and the bands live set).

Death-Cult Jock's West End Blast is a solid piece of unabated aural aggressiveness; 17 minutes of channeled anger and brutality that comes highly recommended for fans of old school acts like early Napalm Death, Terrorizer, early Brutal Truth and Repulsion as well as more modern groups throwing back to the original premises of grind such as Lock Up, Captain Cleanoff, Insect Warfare and Kill the Client. There's also enough of a crust/punk element to interest fans of Phobia, Discharge and Unholy Grave.

Let's be thankful that in this era marked by the saturation and infilitration of Metalcore groups and Indie pop rockers in the local music scene there are still strong grindcore groups forming over Australia.


Hospital the Musical In The Studio: Episode Mike

Posted by Lachlan

Hospital the Musical have to be one of the most uniquely talented groups of musicians in Australia. I've seen them a handful of times in the last year and have been absolutely floored by their musicianship, diversity and live energy. Really, these guys are one of those bands like The Rivalry that are just heads about the rest. They blend elements of Botch, Converge, Meshuggah and fuck knows what else, but it kills it.

They've been recording a new album (dubbed REDorphan) with the brilliant Tim Carr of Soviet Records and Tim Carr Audio (who Ebolie and Kill A Celebrity both worked with in 2008; and who also mastered Beyond Terror Beyond Grace's Extinction|Salvation). Their recording process sounds immensely fun and experimental; the guys even went to some fucked up grim cave to record some layers that "may or may not be used" in the final product. I can tell you, I'm really, really hanging out for this album and to catch them live again.

Here is the first episode of their REDorphan Studio Sessions featuring Mike (Drums).


The Aftermath of Scumfest (SA)

Posted by Lachlan

Scumfest 2009This will just be a quick self-indulgent write up to cover the Scumfest 2009 festival that took place over the Australia Day long weekend in Adelaide. All I can say is that it was fucking awesome. From the venue Worldsend, the crowds and the mix of bands that played, the festival really exceeded my expectations.

Kill A Celebrity was invited alongside Dining in Tuscany to participate in Scumfest, and I can recall from memory that Beyond Terror Beyond Grace (NSW) was invited over last year as one of their first interstate shows. What I was really impressed with was the vibe of the festival; the promoter Kegan (vocalist of Space Bong and Death-Cult Jock) goes out of his way to invite bands that he is truly passionate about rather than fill up the bill with token acts. Not only is he a great promoter, but he is extremely hospitable - offering us free accommodation and even food from his kitchen. We made sure we sent him something as a token of our great appreciation.

Scumfest 2009As for the bands themselves there were a few solid standouts. Death-Cult Jock and Corruptors both stood out as two extremely fast, tight and violent new old-school grind bands to look out for. Dining in Tuscany delivered their typically energetic and ultra-tight brand of epic blackened grindcore to an absolutely mesmorized crowd. Captain Cleanoff and Robotosaurus absolutely destroyed the fucking venue as the headliners of each night, boasting enormous live sound and ridiculously catchy mid-paced mosh-friendly grind. Unfortunately the killer Zappa-meets-Parilament-esque party band God God Dammit Dammit wasn't able to play on the Sunday night, but we were able to catch them in a jam earlier in the day.

The highlight of the weekend for me by far was Space Bong. Man did they fucking CRUSH me (and why wouldnt they with members of no less than FOUR killer SA bands; The Rivalry, The Guantanamo Bay City Rollers, Meat Wallet and God God Dammit Dammit). A sledge hammer of some of the heaviest, vile, sludge-ridden stoner doom I have ever heard. Rumour has it that Anna V of Crux is releasing their upcoming album, and I for one am extremely jealous. These guys are no doubt one of the best doom bands I have seen in Australia - so don't miss a chance to catch them. If I have my way we should hopefully be seeing them in Sydney before the year is out.

Scumfest is another welcome addition to the growing mini-festivals across Australia (a la East/West Death Grind Fest, Grindcore 2009, Devils Kitchen, Chaos ACT, Slaughterfest, Brutalfest and so on). I definitely endorse it and urge anyone keen to attend. We're going to have to see if we're welcome back for Scumfest 2010.

Dave from Space Bong

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