New: Buzz Kull – Nausea

Screen Shot 2015-12-18 at 6.19.42 pmIt’s been a long time coming, but Buzz Kull have finally followed up on last year’s “Dreams” and announced a full length album! Fuck yeah, goths of the world unite! This is a day as glorious as that time Robert Smith said he was going to re-animate the corpse of Ian Curtis for a Christmas single!

Seriously though, it’s been two years since that first Heat EP, and it was starting to feel like maybe Buzz Kull was going to fold before granting us with a full length. Luckily, “Nausea” is here, a pungent puncture that has moved light years on from the early atmospheric dissonance of “Fallen Flower” and “Vision & Lights”

Short and sharp at only two minutes long, “Nausea” does exactly what it says on the tin, lighting a flame at the pit of your belly, allowing all that stomach acid to start churning around the base of your body, brewing and burning until your whole being is thrashing around, vibrating with the trill of ill.

Buzz Kull are gonna be playing a show in a few weeks at the Record Crate in Glebe – Jan 3rd, supporting Kid Trails; Skull & Dagger, and Agroclam are also gonna play!

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New: Rebel Tears – I Hate the Beach

“Oh, you’re from Sydney! You must go to the beach all the time!” Fuck no. I hate the fucking beach. If I wanted to get sunburnt, I’d go to fucking volcano, and dip my naked torso beneath the frothing lava. If I wanted to fill up my arsecrack with sand, I’d head to an S&M club in Jamaica. And if I wanted to fight tooth and nail for a square metre plot of land to hang out in a crowded wasteland of hopelessness with other fat, pale lards, I’d go to a Chet Faker show.

I feel like Rebel Tears understand where I’m coming from. Fuck the beach, let’s listen to depressed drum machines and morbid monologues.

New: Buzz Kull – Dreams (Tennis Boys Remix)

Tennis Boys already proved that they were adept dudes when they blitzed through Corin’s “Riverboat”. But this is something special. Like, Star Wars Episode VII special. Maybe not that special, but still pretty special.

A team-up between Sydney’s two favourite Marcus’ (Whale and Thaine), Tennis Boys provide a dark and minimalistic drone to one of the most intoxicatingly brooding songs of 2015. Tennis Boys become militaristic and reptilian, shuffling in a predatory manner towards a hammering synth bruising. Fuck, this shit is venomous!

New: Buzz Kull – Dreams

Thank fuck for Buzz Kull, right? Sydney’s finest purveyors of haunting doom-laden synths have returned with a squelchy track that bludgeons the senses. It’s a blunt electronic slugging of sound, Depeche Mode as interpreted by the demons from Hellraiser. Pressing play on “Dreams” is a heavy, driving force, a metallic hurricane mowing down your mind, pulsating nihilistic sounds at an incomprehensible rate.

Video(s): The Creeping Ivies + Popstrangers + Alex Cameron + Buzz Kull + Touch Sensitive/Ego + Wave Racer

I don’t know about you, but the way I like to spend MY Friday nights is by watching music video after music video before falling into a tear-stained, square-eyed coma for up to twelve hours. Sounds pretty fun right? Well, now you can join in with me as I show off a bunch of music videos that are pretty great. The theme for this segment is ‘awesome’, and there’s the stream of thought that goes from rock n roll party soundtrack, down to the more introspective, and back up to some dastardly thumpers.

The Creeping Ivies-What Would Joey Ramone Do?

The Creeping Ivies are from Scotland, which is why its so damn weird that they sound like an inverted version of The Gooch Palms. Stand up snare? Check! Addictive, amateur guitar? Check! Snarled, simple and badass lyrics? Check, check, check!

Their brand of garage punk is a well-worn path, but The Creeping Ivies do it so damn well, and with such passion, that its better to let it go, and enjoy the flogging of brain cells and encapsulation of awesome that is The Creeping Ivies.

For the film clip, a bunch of old timers in exasperation get all up in arms at the question every punk has asked themselves: WWJRD. Would Joey Ramone piss on that business man minding his own business in the street below? Would Joey Ramone eat four-week old garlic bread? Would Joey Ramone go that Creeping Ivies show at [insert decrepit junkie shit-hole of a punk rock bar here]? Of course he would, he’s Joey fucking Ramone, and you should dare to follow in the footsteps of one of the greatest frontmen in history.

Popstrangers-Rats in the Palm Trees

The video for Popstrangers latest single has arrived, and as expected its as flourishing and hazy as their music. Popstrangers became well-known for their unique brand of fuzz that isn’t quite surf, isn’t quite noise and isn’t dream-pop. Instead, they threw out the rule book and combined all that shit for some gloriously good times. Their track ‘Rats in the Palm Trees’ is more catchy than a case of crabs at a Venereal Disease Convention. As for the clip, you can expect some gorgeous shots that you probably won’t be able to pull your eye away from. In fact, you’ll probably get straight up immersed. Yeah, I went there.

Alex Cameron-Happy Ending

Alex Cameron’s ‘Jumping the Shark’ is the Album of the Week, and hot on the heels of the release comes the video for one of the eight amazing songs on that album. Like the song itself, the video is orgasmically 80’s. Basically, if Kevin Bacon from Footloose became a nervous-wreck, he’d probably turn into the character portrayed in the ‘Happy Ending’ clip. But, true to its title, there’s a happy ending for the protagonist after all, as he shuffles his way to purple-tinted, smoky ecstasy.

Buzz Kull-Bedroom Highs

Finally, someone that agrees with me that sunshine is for freaks! The haphazard, Frankenstein-monster of New Order x The Cure that is Buzz Kull’s new video clip shows a distorted view of what will happen if you lay on a tanning bed for too long. A wheel of colour constantly flickering in the video’s spectrum, and drunken double-images will fuck with the viewer to no end. If this was the latest video clip for Kings of Leon or something, it’d be the final nail in the coffin. But for a doomy, melancholic track from a band at the forefront of the new noise scene, (graduates include The KVB and The Soft Moon) well, it couldn’t be more perfect.

Touch Sensitive & Ego-#VJuke

Look, I’m not even 100% sure what’s going on here, but I’ll try to translate to the best of my ability. I think  Touch Sensitive (‘Pizza Guy’) and the visual artist Ego teamed up to create a track based off of submissions from Instagram, all sourced from the hashtag #VJuke. Truly, a sign of our times. But all doubters must be cast aside, as this video is a testament of what can be created once a moustachioed wonder tells you to do it. The product in question is the extremely groovy and danceable ‘#VJuke’, a track that buzzes like a bee on cocaine. As for the video, well, its an audio-visual sensory experience. Who knew that a bunch of morphing, multi-coloured shapes could be so transfixing?

Wave Racer-Rock U Tonite

Finally, one of the most promising up and comers on the Australian dance music scene, its Wave Racer’s official clip for ‘Rock U Tonite’. A ball-busting, hip-thrusting, nail-biter of a track if you’ve ever heard one, ‘Rock U Tonite’ throws its weight around to an extraordinary degree. Basically, you can’t help but dance to this track. And when combined with the disturbing acid-dream regurgitation that is the video clip, the song has already become a staple in your mind. Those trickling beats combined with the pulsating, vibrant nightmare of a video? Too fucking good.

Album Review: Buzz Kull-Heat EP

Buzz Kull, a local Sydney darkwave duo that are slightly worse than watching Marilyn Manson being forced to stop playing music forever, have been a high priority band of mine for quite some time now. I first gained attention of their fabulously macabre sounds when the song ‘Fallen Flower’ caused me to convulse violently in fits of lust. Ever since then, I’ve needed Buzz Kull in my life, and I’m sure this applies to many others. Their Jesus And Mary Chain/Cure/Joy Division/Bauhaus sound, otherwise known as a concoction of all the good bands of the early/mid 80’s caused romantic seizures in even the most straightforward pop lovers of us.

However, the problem with Buzz Kull is that they are really lacking in material. Like the characters of ‘Trainspotting’, anyone who’s heard Buzz Kull, even once, is addicted to their noise, we need it like a drug, and the small contingent of songs and lack of an EP has been killing us. Well, the wait is over, as Buzz Kull unleash their Heat EP TODAY. And in no way, shape or form is it even remotely disappointing.

The bats of hell are released right out of the gate, as opener ‘Echo Planes’ regurgitates itself into our ears. The song spills with destructive-beauty, like a moody Frankenstein that hasn’t been laid in a long time. The black vocal sounds, reverberating with a curse’d tone, are actually providing relief from the barraging drum machine that hounds the listener, and the synth/bass melodies that are actually crushing you like a rock.

The EP moves into ‘Bloom’ (posted above), a track that has actually been seen quite a few times on blogs and compilations a plenty. However, in its natural environment of creepy wonder, ‘Bloom’ really has the chance to move and stretch. The unfolding beauty of the track is kinda like those black and purple, ghostly roses on Zomby’s album cover. The follow-up ‘Bedroom Highs’, another one that’s seen the light of day before the release of this EP, brings a little more Joy Division energy to the EP, similar to ‘Transmission’ or ‘She’s Lost Control’. The constant stream of vocals that spew forth over the ‘funky’ bass line, and the overall lighter presence of the song provide a little bit of relief for those of us who aren’t used to being immersed in the coiling blackness of Buzz Kull for so long.

‘Static Glow (1984)’ opens with air-raid siren, and moves into an oily pattern, like a crocodile sneaking up on its prey. And I’m not talking about some bullshit 80’s cartoon villain on a kids Saturday morning show, with a name like Doc Croc or something, I mean this song is as mean, sinister and blood thirsty as they come. As you’re listening to this track, you begin to be swallowed with the sense of hopelessness and despair that Buzz Kull can portray in their music so well. The final song is a glitchy mind-fuck known as ‘Remote Dreams’ that makes like Super Mario Brothers meets Texas Chainsaw Massacre. ‘Remote Dreams’ wades into your soul, plunging down time and again like the shower scene from ‘Psycho’, never giving up until you are well and truly under the Buzz Kull spell.

The true reason for why it has taken so long for a fully functioning EP to be brought out is because the band lost the original recordings to a hard-drive fault, and it had to be completely re-recorded. The fact that humanity might never have seen a real-life Buzz Kull EP is a universe that I don’t want to live in. But perhaps the time to work on it again and shift any kinks from the first time round worked in the bands favour. Buzz Kull are better than their contemporaries like The KVB, The Vandelles or Crocodiles (although they do a fantastic cover of the latter’s ‘I Wanna Kill’) because they simply flow and ebb with a natural beauty that has no sign of forced entry. Maybe it’s this sense of unhurried fluidness that ensures that ‘Heat’ is such a mesmerising piece of art to listen to.

Whatever it is, Buzz Kull have finally released their debut EP, and it is well worth the wait. In fact, ‘Heat’ is probably one of the best EP’s to be released all year. The fact that Buzz Kull have completely shattered expectations comes to the surprise of approximately no-one. This is why buying this EP is essential: go to Buzz Kull’s Bandcamp right here, and buy this thing. If that’s not enough to convince you, then how about knowing that all the money raised is going towards those suffering in the bush fires right now. So you can have the coolest EP in town AND support those in need. How cool is that?

Video: Buzz Kull-Vision & Lights

New-ish video from darkwave Sydney duo Buzz Kull. I’ve been a big fan of their tracks ‘Fallen Flower’, ‘Lost Control’ and their cover of Crocodiles’ ‘I Wanna Kill’, but ‘Vision & Lights’ is damn fine as well. The new clip that accompanies the track is all camera trickery and thumping drum beats. Pretty cool stuff. If you’re a fan of A Place to Bury Strangers or Rowland S. Howard check these dudes out.

You can grab a whole bunch of Buzz Kull’s stuff, including ‘Vision and Lights’, for free right here, on their Bandcamp.