A Comprehensive List of Everything I’ve Forgotten To Write About in the Last Three Months. Pt. 1 Punk/Post-Punk/Experimental

 

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After a three month mild mental breakdown, during which I decided that writing about music was the devil’s work, I’ve come back to furiously type hyperbolic phrases that make no sense. Lucky you. Anyway, there’s been a heap of music that I missed while I was busy having a sook:

Punk/Post-Punk/Experimental

Tyrannamen – Self-Titled

Seriously, watching this band was the reason I decided I wanted to write about bands again. Seeing them play, going home, buying and then smashing the record to within an inch of its vinyl life, I felt compelled to tell other people.  It’s hard to listen to this album and not want to reach out to whoever’s nearest, sit them down, and regale them with this unflinching rock ‘n’ roll masterpiece. If there’s one band you should listen to from this list, make it these guys.

 

Twinrova – Elitist

A brooding goth sneer from Sydney, makes you want to sit in the rain and spit on people as they hurry by, knowing that they’ll never notice because of drizzle

Dry Finish – String Me Along

Dry Finish sat at the top of the pile as far as new punk bands in Sydney. Listening to them is a lot like how I imagine what it would be like to be strapped down to a surgical table in the basement of a scientist who scored his medical degree through the deep web and repeated viewings of A Clockwork Orange. Suck shit if you missed them before their guitarist moved overseas, these guys were the best.

California Girls – Desire

Melancholy drum-machine and drone combo from Canberra. If you’re in a wrist-slitting mood, chuck this on.

Sex Tourists – Birthday Party

The highlight from their three song debut EP, and possibly one of the saddest tracks I’ve ever listened to. That opening line never fails to reduce me to a sobbing pile of shit. These guys would probably be Roland S. Howard’s favourite band if he was still kicking.

Black Cab – Uniforms

Ambitious, thrusting electronica with a post-punk sheen, the latest from Black Cab propels itself on a stirring rhythm that almost makes you feel something close to hope. Turn off the alarm, turn off the phone, close the blinds, and sink into thiiiiiiiis.

Spike Fuck – GUTS

I feel the same way about this song as I did when I heard “Shivers”, “Wide Open Road” and “Dream Baby Dream” for the first time. It’s a quiet epic that plunges into the heart cavity and claws your insides into the kind of mess the cops find at a crime scene and sends the first responder into the trauma ward.

Wives – Devoted to You

Brutally underrated Canberra band with a post-punk record that stabs and stabs and stabs and stabs and stabs and stabs. The chanting vocals, the whirring jabs of guitar, the toe-curling melodies, it’s the whole fuckin’ package.

Publique – Wax/Suffer

Total Control and A Place to Bury Strangers clash on a surging tidal wave of feedback and blood-curdling screams.

School Damage – Lift Off

In an alternate, much cooler reality, this is the theme song to The X-Files.

Nite Fields – Voyeur

Paranoid and tense newness from one of Brisbane’s best. Three and a half minutes of subterranean, pitch black post-punk, occasionally slashed with fiery shouts and sharp guitar.

Miles Brown – Seance Fiction

I was halfway through a mammoth album review of this record when I lost my mind and decided that writing was a huge waste of time, and the review never came out. I should’ve finished it though, so maybe others could have maybe found out about it if they accidentally clicked on this site. Seance Fiction is incredibly complex, and infinitely worth jumping into. It’s dark, dense and murky; once you dive in, you can’t leave.

Muscle Memory – Altar Boy / Underground

This thing burns, like wrapping your hand around the wrong end of a soldering iron.

HANNAHBAND –  29ER

Great earnest emo with a punk slant that reminds me of what it was like to be 15 and think everything in the world was running against you. Sweats like a teenager who’s stuck on a family holiday and hasn’t had a cigarette in four days.

Ace Romeo – Hyperdrive

Should’ve done this ages ago, but this album rules, yeah? It’s pretty much a lost John Carpenter soundtrack, back when he was making badass movies with Kurt Russell.

Clever – Your Eyesore’s Sweet

Punk rock done in the style of a George A. Romero movie. It’s a chainsaw shoved down your throat sort of thing.

Bad Lifers – Shelf Life

Like the Tyrannamen album, this was recorded ages ago, and has only been released recently, if you count November of last year as recent. Anyway, this album is to scuzzy punk what I am to laziness.

Whitney Houston’s Crypt – Hatofold Boyfriend

Fuck me.

 

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New: Miles Brown + Taipan Tiger Girls

Two tracks that prove it Records are the bees knees!

Miles Brown – Apparition

Jesus, would you look at this dark, brooding icicle jab to the heart! With a twirling snarl as sinister as Scar from the Lion King, and assisted by some very cool stalactites of sound, Miles Brown knocks it out of the park with a soundtrack that’s like Scooby Doo meets the X-Files. The elongated alien whirrs that this singular entity is capable of is freakish, the way they’re stretched into ghoulish haunts are creepy, and the whole thing reeks of spot on dark wave musicality.

Taipan Tiger Girls – Motion

Here’s one that’ll split the crowd like Moses split the red sea. Some folks out there are gonna hate this like ol’ Tone hates equality. But then there’s the people worth hanging out with, and they’ll love this. Taipan Tiger Girls bring the drone, twisting their undulating noise at a frantic rate, with live drums spurring the process into some sort of heated debate between the instruments. This stuff, it fucks with your mind! It’s brilliant, and sickening, both at the same time! It’s all a bit strange, and thwarted, but would you really want it any other way? Can’t wait to hear this in the album format!

March Playlist

Holy shit, this playlist is crazy, a gritty, modern reboot of a mixtape if ever there was one. There’s a whole lot of underground punk, with Gutter Gods and TAX repizentin’ for the genre. And there’s some great new ones from Cloud Nothings, Juan Wauters and Cerebral Ballzy. And then there’s the usual proliferation of older but amazeballs stuff, like the spleen-rupturing Trash Talk and GG Allin, smooth pop of The Holidays, and  the cool college rock of PILE. Enjoy!

1. Touch Sensitive-Slowments

2. Cloud Nothings-Pyschic Trauma

3. TAX-Bent Spear

4. Oozing Wound-Call Your Guy

5. Plastic Plates-Things I Didn’t Know I Loved (Bufi Remix)

6. Trash Talk-F.E.B.N

7. GG Allin-Bite It You Scum

8. PILE-Number One Hit Single

9. Juan Wauters-Sanity Or Not

10. Miles Brown-Electrics

11. Cerebral Ballzy-Speed Wobbles

12. The Holidays-Voices Drifting

13. Liars-Mess On A Mission

14. Adolf Sasquatch-Oxygen Thief

15. Gutter Gods-Virtual Reality

16. Ernest Ellis-Black Wire

17. DZ Deathrays-Gina Works At Hearts

18. Movement-Like Lust

19. Pink Mountaintops-Ambulance City

20. Eagulls-Possessed

New: Miles Brown-Electrics

Miles Brown seems like the name of an up-n-coming jazz musician, with stars in his eyes and a contract from Mo-Town in his hand. My insta-sumption of someone named Miles=jazz was instantly dashed by the fact that Miles Brown is actually a Melbourne electro musician that makes weirdly erotic music to glare at neon signs to.

And guess what, his music rules harder than the laws of gravity. And I don’t say that without knowing the full consequences of such an allusion. The Issac Newtown of electronica? Bullshit, right? Fuck you, because Miles Brown manages to combine darkness, non-conformity, and being revolutionary all into a logical, compressed and easy-to-follow guide known as his new 7″.

There’s lush layers, daintily tripping synths, weird jaws of snapping samples, and best of all, a voice that is all to akin to Kirin J Callinan. Make no mistake about it, Miles Brown is going to be right up there in Australian darkwave, with the likes of Pitchfork approved HTRK and Standish/Carlyon.

After you’ve cleaned up the drool, make sure you go about buying these songs.