New: Heads of Charm – Enough Is Enough


Fucking hell. As soon as those stomping drum beats begin, you know your bowels are gonna be emptied by this song. Cue the guttural bass floggings, and the leaking begins. Hit that crescendo, and there is not a single organ in your body that isn’t quivering in excited fear. Heads of Charm might make for the best detox program yet.

Simplistically existential, Heads of Charms have FINALLY fucking returned with their signature style of making you shit yourself in excitement. “Enough Is Enough”, besides being pants-soilingly good, is the only example of an Aussie band who seems to have actually listened to the teachings of Falco from McLusky and Future of the Left. The result is something as dark, twisted and oozing with as much polished violence as the droogs from A Clockwork Orange.

The pounding force of “Enough is Enough” is a form of beckoning, and fuck me if I’m not heading along to see how they got so fucking good in the first place.


Ryan’s Bloody Ripper Gig List

If you’re in Sydney, and need to see a good gig over the weekend, then hit up one of these:



-Heads of Charm, Narrow Lands, Beast & Flood, Palmar Grasp @ The Square ($10)

-The Mess Up! feat. Chicks Who Love Guns, Gazar Strips (QLD), Bad Jeep @ The Lansdowne

-The Sitffys, WAWAWOW @ The Marlborough Hotel



-Ivy Street, Mere Women, Yes, I’m Leaving @ The Square

-Salad Boys, East River, Mope City, Ali E @ Captain Cook Hotel

-Friendships, Embassy, Phondupe, Twin Caverns, World Champion @ Oxford Art Factory



-Heads of Charm, Sour Cream, Gazar Strips, Burlap, Katnip @ The Captain Cook Hotel

-Salad Boys, Driffs, Bachelor Pad, Shrapnel @ FBi Social

-World Champion @ Tokyo Sing Song

-Ernest Ellis, Shining Bird @ St Stephens Uniting Church, Newtown

Top 5 Records w/ Heads of Charm

The first thing that’ll strike you about Heads of Charm will be a literal strike of awesome right to your genitalia, as a lambasting, disembowelling, pulverising mess of noise exhilarates you beyond belief. You’ll stand (or sit, if you’re a lazy dickhead like myself) in total disbelief. How is…What the…Fuuuuuuck…Fuck!

Trust me, don’t try to untangle the amazing, you’ll only cause yourself an anyeurism. The second thing you’ll notice, as you’re frantically scrambling to find out when they’re playing live, is that Heads of Charm are consistently playing around Melbourne Town with some of the best bills ever constructed. They’ve been slotted amongst beauty lineups  like The Kremlings/BATPISS/Rick Moranis Overdrive, Die!Die!Die!/Spermaids and they’ve got an upcoming show with Udays Tiger/Ouch! My Face!/Mangelwurzel.

Look, I get that these lineups probably have little to do with the band themselves, but it can’t stem the bleeding jealousy that erupts from every gland in my body. When the FUCK! am I going to get to see Heads of Charm with a bunch of fucking amazing bands?

Glad you asked Ryan, you impatient foetus! The Melbourne boys will be destroying two venues in Sydney NEXT WEEK! On Thursday, 15 March, they’re playing The Square with Beast & Flood, Narrow Lands and Palmar Grasp (!!!!!) and on the Saturday 17 May, they’re playing at the Captain Cook with Sour Cream, Gazar Strips, Burlap and Katnip. So I had to ask them all, if you had a chance to play with a bunch of bands, what bands would you choose for the lineup, and what would your favourite records from those bands be. Because I like my themes to be insanely complicated.

Theme: Top 5 Records by Bands You Wish You Could Share the Bill With

David Top 5

Selecting other live bands and music when in Heads of Charm mode usually ends in a list of chaotic musical examples, both controlled and off the leash. Here’s five examples: I’ve seen GY!BE twice and their wall of sound blew me away both times. Mclusky at The Corner Hotel (some of their final shows) supporting the Do Dallas album was beautiful drunk chaos onstage and off. Jesus Lizard, an example of controlled and off the leash happening in tandem! Guy Piccioto from Fugazi writhing around on the stage floor while the band smash in and out. Sonic Youth for the simple pleasure of discordance.

FUGAZI – End Hits



MCLUSKY – Mclusky Do Dallas

GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR – Lift Yr Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven

Sam Top 5

When it comes to innovative, forward-thinking guitar music, I find that most of the really interesting stuff is happening at the heavier end of the spectrum. The scope of my top 5 is global, including one Japanese, a Swedish, an American and two Australian bands, proof that it’s worth looking further than the English speaking world for quality heavy jams. I have travelled very far to see some of these bands, and have also had the pleasure of sharing a stage with one of them on both their’s and my own home turf. All of them completely destroy live, but for vastly different reasons. Some of these records make for difficult listening, but all are terribly rewarding if you can stomach the violence.

CULT OF LUNA – Salvation

ENVY – All The Footprints You’ve Ever Left And The Fear Expecting Ahead


SOMETHING FOR KATE – Elsewhere For 8 Minutes


Lachlan Top 5

I’ve basically just picked a bunch of bands that would kill it live. Slint’s ‘Spiderland’ is one of the best albums I’ve heard in a long time. ‘Relationship of Command’ by At the Drive-In is one of those records you can put on at any time and still love it. The Mark of Cain are one of Australia’s finest bands. I saw Metz last year and they were brutal, such a great debut album from them. I was lucky enough to go on tour with Future of the Left earlier this year. They remain one of the best live bands out there and their latest release is so fucking great! … I was also going to drop ‘Daydream Nation’ but David got to Sonic Youth before I did. 😦

SLINT – Spiderland

AT THE DRIVE-IN – Relationship of Command

THE MARK OF CAIN – Battlesick

FUTURE OF THE LEFT – How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident

METZ – Metz

New: Lurch & Chief + Heads of Charm + Morning Harvey + Odyssey

Ooooft, new tunes from our sunburnt country. If you put down your goonie for just a second, you’ll see that these tracks are worth stopping your cheap wine bender for.

Lurch & Chief- Mother/Father

You! Yes, you! The fat turd with Cheethoh stained fingers, listening to the latest nu-metal release! Quit being such a fucking wanker, and listen to the new Lurch & Chief single! It’s a slice of garage pop specifically aimed at turning the peice-of-shit you, that posted a photo on Facebook of your new Insane Clown Posse makeup,  into something mildly attractive. ‘Mother/Father’ features a chorus of orgasmic heights, and every time those ‘Woo’s sound, chills harness themselves around my spine, and give me a mini-seizure. Enjoy!

Heads of Charm-Spain on A Roll/Check Check Check

And for those who weren’t drained of all energy in that previous track from Lurch & Chief, well here’s one that’ll send shocks of Pikachu-levels of energy down your entire body, smouldering you to a small pile of ash. Heads of Charm are like a mini-supergroup, that harness over-the-top propulsion with math-rock precison. You think you’ve heard good diversity between the louds and quiets of a song? Fuck off, you haven’t heard shit til your brain has been pulverised by “Spain on a Roll’. If you liked At the Drive-In, but always wanted them to re-locate to Melbourne, well here’s your chance.

Morning Harvey-Girl Euphoria

And now, since your mental, physical and, dare I say it, sexual state should be confined to utter exhaustion, there’s a new one from Morning Harvey to lull you into a sense of security. ‘Girl Euphoria’ could’ve been a B-side from The Stone Roses second record, and it’s obvious that Morning Harvey are disciples of the 90’s British movement. Those slides of psychedelica, those sharp melodies…Morning Harvey are well on their way to Britpop fame, despite the fact that movement kind of ended fifteen years ago. Regardless, Morning Harvey can write a damn good single, and if they can continue that, maybe they can revitalise the genre. God knows Blur and the Gallaghers are having trouble doing that.

Odyssey-Future Space Dead Sound

OK, so when you’ve got an album title that sounds like it combines the graphic, spine-ripping gore of Mortal Kombat with a Chemical Brothers song, then you’ve got me (and everyone else who’s hypothetically into good music) hooked.

Odyssey is the project from Velociraptor/Tiger Beams member Jesse Hawkins. And because Brisbane is such an incestual scene, he got some of his buddies to contribute as well.  There’s Shane Parsons from DZ Deathrays, Julien James from Tiny Migrants, and even old mate Kylie Minoque makes an appearance. Whether Kylie’s appearance, or indeed, any of the guest spots, were solicited, is completely up for debate.

Regardless, Odyssey are in the business of creating insane, loopy, thumping post-punk rooted electronic music, which is more of a pretentious mouthful than even I thought I was capable of. Start with ‘ODYSS’, and then make your way through the rest of the album with the fumbling, blind enthusiasm of every woman ever in the presence of Ryan Gosling.