Sunday, November 2, 2008
If you don't like Myspace, here is the direct link.
Here is a picture of the CD.
Expect a more coherent CD review of this to pop up somewhere (either here or otherwise) in the next week or so. I'll link to it. Not that you need me to convince you anyway. It's free and good.
There are some surprising elements mixed into this EP. The vocalist is a real crooner, which is a bit disconcerting at first but it will grow on you. The instrumentation is really pretty at times, lots of nice synth sounds. It's very diverse despite the short, 20 min running time. Can't really think of any local parallels to these guys at the moment, they sound a bit different.
They aren't the only group called Ghoul. Last.fm says there are 7 bands by this name. A death metal band wins ownership of that site's Ghoul profile. Good for them!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
The new Crab Smasher album is available to listen to/download at Last.fm.
This is their first proper release since the 2007 3" CD-R 'Impossible Monsters', which I reviewed for Mess+Noise here.
More information/comments will be forthcoming. In the meantime, listen to the album for yourself.
Crab Smasher Myspace - www.myspace.com/crabsmasher
(Once my swarming deadlines are swatted, this blog will be more lively)
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
RELEASE DATE: 2008
At the beginning of this decade when the post-punk 'sound' was making its gutted return, it felt for a while that the only bands that resonated from that era were the likes of Gang of Four and Wire. One of the bands that arguably kicked that period into gear – Public Image Limited – hadn’t registered to most, or maybe that cylindrical metal box in the vinyl bin seemed a bit daunting. It should be daunting: ‘Metal Box’ was a landmark moment, and Brisbane’s Do The Robot have co-opted the reverberated, dub-influenced qualities of that record and almost made it their own on Amp on Fire.
In this ideologically safe decade, Do The Robot don’t appear to harbour the subversive tendencies of PiL, though they have written an astoundingly infectious album. Vocalist Sera Mucha utilises the same swirling, incrementally evolving vocal couplets that John Lydon did, though they’re more minimal and suggestive than they are cryptic. She’s a charismatic front woman whose feminine swagger sits uncertainly but effectively on the bobbing, windswept rock ensemble. The delay soaked guitars stretch and repeat over sustained panoramic rhythms, with the gentle colour of glockenspiel providing melodic anchorage.
The songs take a few listens to reveal themselves through the often repetitive compositions, and the anti-intuitive temperament of Mucha’s vocals can prove challenging. Stick with it though, because the subtle dynamism of this album is its most enduring strength.
Do The Robot Myspace: www.myspace.com/idorobots
Sunday, August 24, 2008
DATE: Sunday, September 7, 2008
VENUE: Hermanns Bar, Sydney
TIME: 4pm (Talons play first)
Sydney art rock three-piece Talons are putting on a show to raise funds for their debut LP.
Talons Myspace: www.myspace.com/talonsband
The Holy Soul Myspace: www.myspace.com/theholysoul
Further Myspace: www.myspace.com/furtheraust
Dead China Doll Myspace: www.myspace.com/dancingwithachainsaw
Sherlocks Daughter Myspace: www.myspace.com/sherlocksdaughter
Atrocities Myspace: www.myspace.com/atrocitiesaus