To listen to Post Ending // Pre Completion is like witnessing your own mind collapse - that is, if you were able to escape and become an impartial observer to your own mental decay.
It's an aural experience of psychosis.
Useless Children's sound is defined by swirling, menacing psychedelic textures, where cacophonous feedback is offset by warm space echo and reverb. The guitars oscillate so wildly that they screech like a buzzsaw; their constant movement recreating the effect of motion sickness.
The pounding drums and bass suggest an ominous march toward an impending apocalypse. The vocals are distorted and dripping with menace, often echoing around your field of hearing. It's not unlike being tormented wailing wraith.
To me -- and without any literal interpretation of the lyrics -- Useless Children's sound signifies mental and spiritual death and decay. The angst being expression goes beyond simple political doom and gloom. They deal with psychology and psychic matter; matters of the soul. It's like an acid trip gone horribly, horrible wrong - as you depart into into hostile territory within your own mind, you can feel the searing scars and trauma being burnt into your psyche. It is not overly pleasant, and it is incredibly intense.
Being raised on the idea that most hardcore punk was reserved for weight-lifting, tattoo'd jocks to preach about self-empowerment and brotherhood -- or political commentary that often seems shallow and farcical -- Useless Children are forging a far more interesting sonic space.
This is the most psychedelic punk record I think I have ever heard. It really pleases me to hear something like this coming out from Melbourne's underground; it's powerful, unique and doesn't overstay it's welcome. A sure-bet for one of Australia's best releases in 2012.
I have been an enormous fan of 4 Dead since Ebolie played with them back in 2005. It is therefore with great joy that I am able to pass on news of the upcoming 4 Dead / Robotosaurus East Coast Tour in April.
Wed 13th April - Canberra: Bar 32, with Love Shy and Mammon
Thu 14th April - Sydney: The Townie, Newtown with Totally Unicorn and Fixtures
Fri 15th April - Melbourne: Gasomoter with Agonhymn and In Trenches
Sat 16th April - Melbourne: Catfood Press with Encircling Sea and Useless Children
Sun 17th April - Adelaide: Animal House with Coerce and Dickwolf
Thank Kahn 4 Dead have returned - it has been far, far too long. The guys have a new album coming out *sometime* in 2011. Just get yoself to a show and you will not regret it.
Iron Lung, Walls and Useless Children have announced an Australian Tour February 2011. No dates have been released yet but keep an eye out on http://lifeironlungdeath.blogspot.com/ for the latest development on this tour. Very exciting!
Useless Children have been on tour in the USA all month, here is a video clip from their LP by the same name "Sky is falling" out on Exo Records.
Useless Children - Sky is falling
There are more than a few good shows going down in Sydney town this weekend. Personally I'll be at the Squat Club one at the Excelsior come Saturday night, followed by some warehouse noise thing with Anklepants I think might be on from midnight at Louie's in Marrickville.
Oh and Testament are playing at The Metro too on Saturday if thats your kinda thing.
Maggotsville - 40 Fitzroy st, Marrickville
Saturday 27th Sept 8pm $8
Scum System Kill (crusty punx)
Useless Children (Melbourne, female fronted fast hardcore)
Repo Man (80s style mosh)
Maus (Instrumental grind ex-Massappeal)
Excelsior Hotel - 64 Foveaux St Surry Hills
Saturday 27th Sept $8 Presale $10 on door
Part of Bird’s Robe Collective.
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