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No Anchor – The Golden Bridge (Grindcore Karaoke) 2012

Posted in Australian underground, Music, No Anchor with tags , , on February 6, 2013 by noisenoisenoise

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Hello there. It’s been a while. Here at casa ducks battle satan I have immersed myself in a shit-ton of new records. So many in fact that I reckon I’ve only listened to about half of them.  Listening to all of these records has kept me away from this blog but that is all about to change. Shit has got me inspired.

So anyway, today I am working on some wonderful legal argument with Kevin Drumm’s excellent Arghhh! CDr keeping the procrastination at bay when I start having a bit of a scroll through the old ipod and find this. I completely forgot that I downloaded this from bandcamp at the end of last year which in retrospect is a disgusting oversight because No Anchor are kind of my favourite Australian band at the moment. Have been for a couple of years when I really think about it.  There is something really satisfying about their blend of metal and hardcore with a smattering of Albini-esque menace. Some of their past records have a much more stoner rock vibe to them but the thing I love about The Golden Bridge is the sheer relentlessness of the first five  tracks. To my ears it is like a mash-up between Fucked Up, early Girls Against Boys and Rapeman. That comparison doesn’t really do the rest of the record justice because shit does get a bit mellow from time to time  in a Melvinsy sort of way.

I have listened to this about four times today and I am loving the shit out of it. Type No Anchor into bandcamp and get yourself a copy – its freakin’ free. You have absolutely no excuse. The best album of 2012 you never knew existed.

Thomas William vs Scissor Lock – Jewelz (New Editions) 2012

Posted in Australian underground, Music, Scissor Lock, Thomas William with tags , , on February 5, 2012 by noisenoisenoise

I have become a bit obsessed with the New Weird Australia site. This is another cracking release from their label New Editions and their first one for 2012. Thomas William and Scissor Lock are two Sydney based producers. I’ve never heard their work as individual artists so am in no position to compare how Jewelz fits in with their signature styles. What I can tell you though is that Jewelz is four tracks of difficult electronica. Things start of with Cadillac which smashes quasi-wheezy victoriana carousel sounds with something a bit Matmos like before bursting into shimmering drone and a vaguely Sigur Ros-style vocal. The themes of shimmering drone and electronic day-glo overload make an appearance on the self titled track Jewlez but here  are counterbalanced by layers of slightly  sinister noise bubbling underneath. The third track Omega is my favourite and brings a reverse looped ambience before shifting into oompahpah electronic and layering with it all with ethereal vocals before the drone asserts it’s dominance.  The entire thing is rounded out by the shimmering bliss of Qusqu, a track that comes the closest to a traditional sense – like Sigur Ros mixed with Pimmon with Birchville Cat Motel producing the most wonderful chill out experimentronica. I love this sort of music – both transcendent and challenging, Jewlez is a very fine release indeed.

Various – New Weird Australia; Bleak Metal (NWA) 2011

Posted in Australian underground, metal, Music, noise with tags , , on February 3, 2012 by noisenoisenoise

 

Well this is a revelation. In the 400 or so posts on Ducks Battle Satan, this is the first time that I’ve ever reviewed a compilation. I stumbled across this after seeing a small add for New Weird Australia in the back of The Wire. NWA are a not for profit organisation which gets some funding from the Australia Council for the  Arts to  distribute and publicise experimental  and avant garde music. They run a small boutique label called New Editions as well as produce a bimonthly compilation which can be dowloaded for free of which Bleak Metal is one.

The title of Bleak Metal does it some injustice. The bands on this run the full spectrum of noise nastiness from the noise/doom/DanFriel-esque of Axxonn, the black metal of Blutennacht to the sine wave crackle noise of Alex White. The mighty psychedelic noise metal of No Anchor makes an appearance in Dead Pony but the absolute killer for me was the track from Dead Boomers which is a glorious exposition of rumbling noise. Another highligh is the Lightning Bolt ferocity of the fantastically lo-fi Dies on Plane’s. Their track Hunting For Teeth starts full of Sword Heaven malevolence before launching into some groovy post-metal throb. In fact there is hardly a dud on this and you really should  head over to www.newweirdaustralia.com to download this. The Australian underground is alive and well.

No Anchor – Steam (Self Released) 2009

Posted in Australian underground, Music, No Anchor with tags , , on December 26, 2010 by noisenoisenoise

I got sent a record by a local band which was released recently. I had never head of them which is not surprising given my inability to catch any band live these days. It sucked to be frank but  as I did a bit of research on that  band I somehow came across No Anchor, a Brisbane based duo of Alex Gilles and Ian Rogers. I downloaded their first record (which I’ll review at a later time) and felt so guilty I forked out money for Steam, their most recent opus. It is tremendous stuff. Steam is produced by avant-royalty Lawrence English (Room40) and is a compendium of bonged-out psychedelic fuzz  and fucked up sludge, garage punk. But the treat for avant rock nerds like ourselves is the epic fourth track – an atmospheric, drone-rock number which may be the best track I’ve heard from any Australian act this year. If this is any indication of how strong my local scene is then I need to get my arse out a bit more in the new year. This beautifully packaged disc can be bought straight from the band at www.noanchorband.blogspot.com.  I recommend that you get the twenty dollars your Nanna gave you for Christmas and buy this straight away.

Lloyd Barrett – Mise En Scene (Room 40) 2007

Posted in Australian underground, Drone, Lloyd Barrett, Music, noise with tags , , , , on December 12, 2009 by noisenoisenoise

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This  blog has been running for over two years now and finally on post 264 I get around to posting on a home town Brisbane noise/sound artist. My friend M bought me Mise En Scene for my birthday this year. This is the woman who introduced me to Nurse With Wound so her taste in most things is pretty sound but for some reason I hadn’t actually got around to listening to this record until four months later. This is one of those exquisitely put together experimental/ambient/electronic/drone records that every now and then some out of the woodwork. At times it sounds like Peter Rehberg accompanying The Necks (Exhale) but the rest is much harder to describe. It’s certainly ambient in places with interjections of harsh electronics. I think field recordings might be involved because many tracks have a sound that reminds me of insects in the tropics. If you’re  looking for some comparisons then I’d suggest that  there is some Fennesz influence at work and some of it reminds me of KK Null’s Fertile in places. Stunning – you can track it down here and listen to some samples.

Fabulous Diamonds – Seven Songs (Nervous Jerk) 2008

Posted in Australian underground, Music with tags , on March 29, 2009 by noisenoisenoise

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I bought this last year, listened to it once and promptly discarded it. I first tracked this down after Dave Lang (Lexicon Devil) said good things about the band on his blog. After that one listen I just didn’t get it. Fast forward to 2009 and I start noticing  that this is turning up on a whole  stack of end of year “Best Of” lists. Initially I resisted gong back and giving it another go. I just assumed they all got it wrong like those critics who like LCD Soundsystem In the last couple of days I’ve been listening to it a fair it and I’m embarrassed to say that my initial reaction to it was way off. I remember having the same reaction to the second Liars album. The only album I’ve sold on ebay only to re-buy it a couple of months when I realised I’d been a bit hasty.

This  is freaking great. A two piece from Melbourne, Seven Songs is there debut Cd which has since promptly been released by the magnificent Siltbreeze in the US.  It takes a very brave band to combine, drone, psychedelia, global, post-punk, avant rock, experimentalism and jazz (gotta love that sax!). A very brave band indeed. This is a much more complex offering than the  last couple fo Religious Knives records but if you like that band there is a hell of a lot to like here. One of the few bands I’d line up to see live. (And yes that really is his back hair).

Here are a couple of live shows.

Grey Daturas – Return to Disruption (Neurot) 2008

Posted in Australian underground, Grey Daturas, Music, noise with tags on May 8, 2008 by noisenoisenoise

You know I only walked into my local record store to buy sunroof! but walked out with this as well.  The Grey Daturas are a trio from Melbourne who have been churning out their particular brand of antipodean  noise for a couple of years now. Some don’t regard what they do as noise, and I get the hesitation. For the most part the Grey Daturas churn out a wonderfully satisfying brand of heavy psychedelic guitar workout but they also allow a more experimental, and dare I say noisy, side to come to the fore. This is a very good record. It’s actually the first full length I’ve heard from them and it threw me in many ways. There are only seven tracks on Return to Disruption but they seem to cover a bundle of different noise style over the length of the album.

When I was listening to the first track I thought: Lightning Bolt but less arty farty and less annoying.   But if that’s the only thing I’d heard I would have developed a very wrong impression of this very impressive band. The second album titled track owes more to the kitchen-sink sound and drone experiments of Sandoz Lab Technicians. The third track starts off sounding like Lightning Bolt before taking an abrupt left turn into Birchville territory. A pure drone track was certainly not expected but considering that I’m a bit partial to droneI was pretty happy with its inclusion. I suppose the one major impression I get from listening to Return to Disruption is the heavy influence of The Dead C. Just like the Dead C, the Grey Daturas are not afraid to mix up their styles.

By the time we get half way through we’re firmly in the land of doom before descending into a psych-metal freakout. There is still time for another avant-garde Dead C-esque noise experiment before the whole thing is closed out by two psych metal melt downs (think Boris ). It’s a great album and well worth picking up if you’re interested at all in noise, drone, sludge psych and doom.

This was recorded in 2006 mixed last year and released a couple of weeks ago. Somehow I don’t think this band are going to be churning out a shit load of product any time soon.  Return To Disruption almost plays like a well thought out noise sampler and certainly puts Australian noise on the map even if it does remind me of a stack of bands from across the Tasman Sea.

Live in Oakland 2007

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