Sunday, September 6, 2009
Black Pus is Brian Chippendale's (Lightning Bolt) solo project. He plays drums and does vocals and effects. It's pretty insane and weird as you would expect. Not as cool as Lightning Bolt but it's fun, wacky noise rock. He has three full albums and a live set up for download, which is pretty cool.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Extortion are easily one of the best bands in Australian hardcore at the moment. They play pretty straight forward hardcore with a lot of influence from powerviolence bands like Infest and Crossed Out. It's just incredibly fast and heavy stuff with brutal vocals and some pretty sick sludge parts. There's nothing particularly inventive about their music and it's so well executed that that's a very good thing. Not much more to say about them. I'm including a youtube set and a download link for the backyard show.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Converge are pretty much the best heavy band in the world. This is the first song they've released from their upcoming album (comes out in October) and it's pretty ridiculous, just as good as any of the best tracks from No Heroes. It's a pretty good quality mp3 and it's nice to hear a non-MySpace quality version of the song. Enjoy.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Last night I went to see Deerhunter in Brisbane at The Zoo. I had no real expectations for the show as I've never really understood all the hype that they get, but I was pretty much blown away by the show. I would definitely consider myself a fan of the band at this point and I think they deserve all of the praise they're getting.
This recording is an ambient set that Deerhunter's frontman Bradford Cox played for dublab and it's really pretty. Goes for about half an hour and was the first thing from the group that I really got into.
I'm also posting a video of a full festival set that they played earlier this year. Should give you an idea of how great they are live. Seriously, one of the best shows I've been to all year.
By contrast, I saw Flipper earlier in the week and I was expecting great things given their reputation. It was one of the worst and certainly the most disappointing show I've ever been to. They put absolutely no effort into the performance and I know that they're supposed to sound sloppy but having audience members/members of terrible support bands sing 50% of the songs for you is just lame and lazy. That's not the same thing as having half the crowd on stage singing with you...that actually would have been pretty cool. Also, I dunno, continuing to sing nasty, nihilistic songs and getting trashed on stage when you're well into your 50s (I'm guessing?) seems kinda pathetic to me. I mean, most people seem to grow out of that kind of thing at some point. I still cringe at the thought that I paid $35 for it.
Download - Bradford Cox on Dublab
Watch - Deerhunter @ Noise Pop Festival
Thursday, May 21, 2009
I don't really know much about Towers, but this is a great album. It's mostly a mathcore sort of release with some elements of screamo and crazy noise guitar stuff. The vocals are pretty intense, they kind of remind me of the dude from Killing the Dream. It's really heavy and pretty dissonant in places. It's a short release (25 minutes) and well worth checking out. Probably one of my favourite heavy releases of the year so far.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Man, I love maudlin of the Well. I first got their album Bath when a friend recommended it to me in 2004 when I was getting into metal. I was into a lot of jazz at the time and Bath was like nothing else I'd ever heard. I still haven't heard anything like it, aside from the other maudlin of the Well albums. While motW fused extreme metal with a lot of softer, 'new age' sounds, jazzy passages and a variety of vocalists and vocal techniques, they disbanded just as they were getting amazing. Fortunately they became Kayo Dot and released two perfect albums (Choirs of the Eye and Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue) and one pretty good one (Blue Lambency Downward). Toby Driver also did some side and solo projects which were great. Driver's work is kind of in an interesting place at the moment. His music comes very much from heavy metal and all of the motW albums and the first two Kayo Dot records show that. More recently with BLD, his solo work and the Tartar Lamb side project, he has been focussing on the modern classical side of his music by composing pieces (rather than albums) in movements and moving towards a meandering sound that is reflective of a lot of the avant-garde music coming out of New York at the moment (Zs and Extra Life being two good examples).
This is fine by some fans and not-so-fine by some others. Anyway, this brings us to this record. It's kind of an odd release. It was funded by fans and is basically made up of motW tracks that they liked and never recorded. It was recorded earlier this year by the motW lineup with some guests and from what I can tell, a lot of the songs were finished just before or during recording. This makes it sound more like maudlin of the Well than any Kayo Dot lineup ever has, but more Kayo Dot than any incarnation of maudlin of the Well, if that makes sense.
The first two songs are unreal and as good as anything else Driver has ever done. The rest of the record is great too. It's very mellow, there's not much metal here at all. It also features Toby's crazy style of vocals which wasn't really present on any motW recordings. I've only listened to it a couple of times so far but it's already my favourite release of the year. You can download it in mp3, wav, or FLAC.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Coldplay aren't my favourite band or anything but they do a pretty excellent live show. I saw them earlier this year with a friend who gave me a free ticket and it was definitely one of the better 'big' shows I've been to. I really don't think I need to explain Coldplay to anyone and posting this release here is probably even a bit unnecessary. Anyway, it's free and you should get it. "Glass of Water" and all of the Viva La Vida tracks are the definite highlights, which is pretty much exactly the same as with all of their recorded output. Anyway, check it out.