Exit Calm have announced an extensive tour across the UK and Europe on the back of their latest album ‘The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be’ (available now via Club AC30). Take a listen to the third single featuring Nicky Smith’s trademark vocals and Rob Marshall’s dynamic guitar work. The British four piece have produced another melodic anthem in ‘Promise’, with a soaring chorus fit to rock a stadium. Tour dates below…
Exit Calm – ‘Promise’
NOV 14th HULL The Blue Lamp
NOV 16th MIDDLETON Carson’s Bar
NOV 21st ABERDEEN Tunnels
NOV 22nd SUNDERLAND Independent
NOV 24th NORWICH The Waterfront
NOV 25th LEICESTER Soundhouse
NOV 27th BRIGHTON Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
NOV 29th MILTON KEYNES Craufurd Arms
NOV 30th CHESTER Compass
DEC 1st LIVERPOOL Korova
DEC 4th COPENHAGEN, DENMARK Beta
DEC 7th HAARLEM, NETHERLANDS Patronaat-Café
DEC 8th DEN BOSCH, NETHERLANDS W2 Café
DEC 9th ZURICH, SWITZERLAND El Dorado
DEC 10th VIENNA, AUSTRIA B72
DEC 12th MARGHERA-VENICE, ITALY Marciano
DEC 13th PORDENONE, ITALY Pnbox Studios
DEC 15th BUDAPEST, HUNGARY GMK
DEC 16th PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC Chapeau Rouge
DEC 17th BERLIN, GERMANY Privatclub
DEC 18th HAMBURG, GERMANY Gruner Jager
DEC 19th DUSSELDORF, GERMANY Pitcher
Ex-Creation Records artists Pete Fig (Adorable, Polak) and Terry Bickers (The House of Love, Levitation) launched a Kickstarter campaign this week for their new project. The British duo plan to release their album ‘Broken Heart Surgery’ next year featuring the first single ‘Downsizing‘. Take a listen to the laid back, acoustic affair with its tongue in cheek lyrics detailing a very business-like approach to ending a relationship. Help Pete and Terry out by pledging here.
Pete Fij / Terry Bickers – ‘Downsizing’
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The opening minute and a half of ‘Spare The Thought’ is a wash of trippy samples and noise before breaking into a fantastic slow burning psych tune. Pick it up on Au.Ra‘s new 7inch (out through LebensStrasse Records). We first heard from the Aussie duo (Tom Crandles and Tim Jenkins) late last year with the ‘Sun‘ single. Since then Au.Ra have released a number of solid tunes, including their Art Is Hard release ‘Morning‘. Just last week the guys were featured in NME – the future is bright!
Au.Ra – ‘Spare The Thought’
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Joanna Gruesome have managed to pull off an amazing cover of Galaxie 500′s classic ‘Tugboat’ (originally released on the band’s 1988 album ‘Today’). The five piece hit you with a wall of dense guitars, as heard by punters at CMJ’s Music Marathon last month. It’s the b-side to the ‘Sugarcrush’ digital single (out November 18 via Slumberland Records). The Cardiff-based noisepop band released their debut full length ‘Weird Sister‘ in September.
Joanna Gruesome – ‘Tugboat’ (Galaxie 500 Cover)
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The Brian Jonestown Massacre have delivered a fresh single ‘Days, Weeks and Moths’ to coincide with their Australian tour with The KVB next month (see dates). This slacker rock tune will be available as a split release at the shows, together with The KVB’s ‘Again And Again’. Otherwise, you’ll have to hold out til their new album in 2014. I love the despondent, Beatles-esque “woooo’s” in this track, brought a smile to my face anyhow!
The Brian Jonestown Massacre – ‘Days, Weeks and Moths’
Fantastic downbeat electronic tune from Eyedress, taken from his debut EP ‘Supernatural’ (available from December 2 via Abeano Music). ‘Nature Trips’ is desperately bleak, with a darkness that’s emphasized in the new video below. Eyedress (Idris Vicuña) is a producer based in the Philippines, who created this song on a hand-me-down laptop in his bedroom using Fruity Loops. Impressive! Thoughts go out to all of those effected by the Philippines typhoon this week (donate if you can via Unicef).
Eyedress – ‘Nature Trips’ [VIDEO]
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The ‘Rainbow On Your Shoulder‘ EP from Lights That Change sounds like it’s been unearthed from 1988! But nope, the British duo (Marc Joy and Lisa VonH) put a fresh spin on the vintage dream pop sounds that are much loved by many. Full EP stream right here.
Lights That Change – ‘Flying’
Victories At Sea dig deep for the closing track on their debut EP ‘In Memory Of’ (available now via Static Caravan Recordings). ‘Low’ is dramatic and broody, with a hypnotic new video to match. The British trio are playing the All Year’s Leaving fest on Friday with Yuck, Best Friends and more.
Victories At Sea – ‘Low’ [VIDEO]
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Captured Tracks are taking orders for a limited run of For Against box sets (1000) featuring three vinyl re-issues (‘Echelons’, ‘December’ and ‘In The Marshes’). The Nebraskan trio produced an ambient post punk sound (check out ‘Amen Yves’ below) which was at odds with what their peers were producing during their peak in the late eighties. The fact that it was remastered by Marc Ostermeier of Should is a bonus!
For Against – ‘Amen Yves’
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Greta Mob‘s full frontal rock n’ roll is about to spawn a debut album, ‘Let The Sunburnt Country Burn‘ will be available from November 29 (pre-order). The Sydney-based band produce a visceral mix of blues, rock and punk that’s already turned plenty of heads since starting out barely twelve months ago. To get better acquainted, I had a chat with frontman Rhyece O’Neill to learn about Greta Mob’s inception, their future and how they ended up recording in a Mudgee shearing shed.
Greta Mob – ‘The Petite Bourgeois Blues’
For those new to Greta Mob – how did the band first come together?
Greta Mob was born in Berlin in the Summer (European) of 2011. My old mate from Wangaratta Luke Millar and I were both in town and we hooked up for a few beers and a game of pool. We decided that afternoon that we were to form a band. Initially it was to be a noise/experimental project but it soon developed into more traditional song structures. We began rehearsing the following week and were in the studio a month after our initial meeting.
I returned to Australia and formed the live band, Luke by this stage had returned to Melbourne. I convinced him that the weather was better in Sydney and that he should move up here immediately to which he did. I then recruited Tim Korn our genius “Tone man” lead guitarist and pedal specialist. I then found the best punk bassplayer in Sydney in Adam Kennedy and after a few gigs convinced Shane Fahey from Scattered Order to come to a rehearsal one night with his 67′ VCS3 Synth and now we can’t get rid of the old bastard.
Greta Mob’s sound is distinctly Australian with a strong blues influence. What music / musicians inspired your sound?
We are heavily influenced by Australian punk and post punk bands from the 80′s like Scattered Order, The Cosmic Psycho’s, The Powder Monkeys, God, The Deadly Hume, The Bad Seeds, The Sacred Cowboys, The Scientists, Beasts of Bourbon, The Birthday Party, Roland S Howard and Spencer P Jones.
We also look to The Gun Club, Lydia Lunch, Einsturzende Neubauten, PJ Harvey, Nina Simone, Patti Smith and the old bluesmen like Lightnin’ Hopkins, John Lee Hooker & Howlin Wolf.
Should I go on? Noise and experimental artists like Ben Frost, Tim Hecker, Sofie Loizou, Flippo and even bass music artists like Mala Digital Mystikz, Mark Pritchard, 2562 and Shed to name a few.
We cover a lot of ground, the lads could add a whole heap more of their own influences but that’s just a few of mine that I share with them.
Since delivering the debut single ‘The Petite Bourgeois Blues’ you’ve toured with Swervedriver, Beasts Of Bourbon, Hanni El Khatib and more. It seems you’ve been welcomed with open arms since hitting the live circuit. What’s the experience been like?
Amazing. Henry our manager and I have worked very hard at getting the band some decent gigs this year. There was a bit of luck involved in some of them. Our shows are like a rock & roll white line fever. Anything’s fair game when we hit the stage. I think it rubbed off. The highlight for me this year was supporting the Beasts of Bourbon. They are our heroes. It was a great honour to play with them and the Beasts really liked our show, as did their punters. We sold a shitload of merch at the shows which was really nice. A close second was being asked to headline the Tote for our 6th gig. The Tote is the home of punk in Australia. It’s been a dream of mine since I lived in Collingwood to play there. It’s a great honour for any band to play the Tote especially a band from Sydney.
The debut album is provocatively titled ‘Let The Sunburnt Country Burn’ (obviously not in reference to recent bush fires). So what is the story behind the title and how do your social views impact your songwriting?
I named the album over 12 months ago after re-reading the Dorothea Mackellar poem “My Country” with my Auntie on Christmas day 2011. We were discussing the merit of the poem and its importance to Australian identity and nationalism. To me it’s a confused work which oscillates between jingoistic nationalism and genuine lament for the white colonial settler state we inhabit. It’s the “Sunburnt Country” that Dorothea so loves that we are referring to and yes, it has nothing to do with the recent bushfires in NSW. It’s quite ridiculous that people would take it literally. It was a case of bad timing. A lot of it is a distraction from talking about the real issues, issues of racism, genocide and war; the barbarism of the Australian state and our psychopathic Prime Minister are what we are referring to. Not the tragic bushfires that are made worse by the fact that our government refuses to implement sustainable bush management practice used by the black fellas for thousands of years. These fires are so catastrophic because there are no profits to be made in paying CFA volunteers and implementing bush management systems and sustainable planning. To the reactionaries seeking to link our album title with the recent bushfires I say this: We grew up in North-East Victoria one of the most fire prone places on earth, don’t talk to us about fucking bushfires.
Tell me a little about the recording process. How did you end up in a shearing shed!?
We began the album in Berlin in the now defunct Freeborn Studios in Kruetzberg. With myself on bass and Luke on drums. We rehearsed solidly for a month and then went in and did the whole album in a day and a half. I brought the sessions back to Sydney and did most of the rest of the instrumentation with the help of some good muso mates from Sydney and Melbourne.
Sofie Loizou (Anomie) and my best mate Bill Skermer from the Folk Rhythm & Life festival went to our friends permaculture farm near Mudgee called Milkwood. I was out there helping them do some building work and part of the deal was that I got to use the shearing shed to record in.
We did all the acoustic guitars, a lot of the bass and junk percussion in the shed. I found all the junk in an abandoned timber yard in Kandos. This place is like a ghost town where this one guy owns the two pubs, most of the property and this old timber yard. We paid him a small fee to extract a heap of hardwood timber from his yard and I found these old railway bolts and bits of steel that we used as junk percussion in the shearing shed. A heap of recording was done in the fire escape hallway next to our studio in St Peters. The recording and mixing process was stretched over a year but I wouldn’t have spent more than a month all up recording and mixing it. I did the whole thing for under two grand (if you don’t include booze and other lubricants conducive to managing late night recording sessions and early starts on building sites).
The opening track ‘Yorta Yorta’ is a bloody tale of Indigenous struggle. Where does your passion for Indigenous Australians come from?
That track was written a number of years ago. It documents my experience of growing up on the Murray River and coming to terms with the fact that everything around me was built on the dispossession and genocide of the Yorta Yorta nation. It gave me vicious nightmares that I still have to this day. I’m not speaking for black fellas in this song. This is my story of realisation. The realisation that everything I was brought up to believe in school was bullshit and that we live in an apartheid state that seeks to wipe out the culture, language and history of the indigenous people of this land. All in the name of profit.
What’s next for Greta Mob? Is it true a follow up record is already underway?
It is true. We have recorded a second album as a band of five all in the one room. This time its produced by Shane Fahey and myself. We have a new EP coming out in January which includes radically new versions of ‘Yorta Yorta’ and ‘Gypsy Town’ featuring Spencer P Jones on lead guitar. Spencer plays on a number of tracks on the second album also. We are hoping to get Greg Perano from the Deadly Hume into the studio in the next few weeks. He recently asked me to work on the soundtrack to his new feature film so that will be exciting. We are about to head to Melbourne for our album launch and we are heading to Tassie after that. We are working towards getting back to Europe next summer. We plan to do a big album launch in Sydney in January with our mates the Hollow Bones. We have also started writing the 3rd album and hope to record this in Europe next year.