Australian Post-Punk (Updates)

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I've updated the Sydney Post-Punk mp3 site with mostly new material and with more to come in the following week:

Chapter Music will be releasing the 2nd installment of their seminal "Can't Stop It!" series in February. They'll also be releasing "Primitive Calculators and Friends" collating their 1st single, the Little Band EPs and some live material.

phil turnbull (philT), Saturday, 6 January 2007 01:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

or that could be Australian, even

phil turnbull (philT), Saturday, 6 January 2007 02:12 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Er um uh. Does any of this need AMG reviewing? I just recently downloaded the apparently lost great album by Tablewaiters Gate; could you say more?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 6 January 2007 02:41 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Cool, that Primitive Calculators stuff is good.

Is the Slugfuckers reissue still in print? I meant to pick that up.

Colonel Poo (Colonel Poo), Saturday, 6 January 2007 03:22 (eleven years ago) Permalink

amg - i suppose... but i'm too close to it to be impartial. and i've never heard of tablewaiter's gate - there's a million of 'em out there.

slugs reissue is hard to find but you might be lucky. see the page on my website for emails to the guy that released it.

phil turnbull (philT), Saturday, 6 January 2007 03:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink

amg - i suppose... but i'm too close to it to be impartial.

Ah, let me clarify -- *I* would love to review this stuff for the AMG. I just need a supplier, as it were. ;-)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 6 January 2007 03:47 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Phil, I have been looking for those SPK and Systematics records for like 20 years, thanks.

sleeve version 2.0 (sleeve testing), Saturday, 6 January 2007 03:56 (eleven years ago) Permalink

What? SPK? Lemme at it!

Ned, you are shameless! ;)

Bimbler (Bimble...), Saturday, 6 January 2007 04:13 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Of course!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 6 January 2007 04:15 (eleven years ago) Permalink

ned comes through with the amg reviews!

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Saturday, 6 January 2007 04:17 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I do!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 6 January 2007 04:17 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Okay wait a minute. I don't see any SPK tracks on those sites. And just brings up ads.

Bimbler (Bimble...), Saturday, 6 January 2007 04:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I don't see any SPK tracks on those sites.

Think capitalization.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 6 January 2007 04:20 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Oh I see, the band names are on the left. Gotcha.

I actually remember seeing your site before Phil, long ago. Meant to come back to it but just never did.

Bimbler (Bimble...), Saturday, 6 January 2007 04:24 (eleven years ago) Permalink

the track isn't by spk per se, it's solipsik

electric sound of jim [and why not] (electricsound), Saturday, 6 January 2007 05:47 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i like the bit on spk at the bottom of this page

electric sound of jim [and why not] (electricsound), Saturday, 6 January 2007 05:47 (eleven years ago) Permalink

ha, that is scathing.

sleeve version 2.0 (sleeve testing), Saturday, 6 January 2007 06:30 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Yeah no kidding...well all I remembered of SPK for years and years was their very ambient album in the late 80's which had a title about Byzantine Flowers that made no real lasting impression on me. And then I heard the John Peel Festive 50 from 1983 that my friend made me and it has their Peel Session version of "Metal Dance" which I proceeded to absolutely flip over (and put in my podcast on but never mind). But the rest of what I found from them from that time period didn't particularly appeal to me. Then recently I downloaded some really early single of theirs that impressed me - let me look it up....

Good Warlock of the West (Bimble...), Saturday, 6 January 2007 06:53 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Hmm...well the b-side "Slogun" isn't as good, but I like "Mekano"

Good Warlock of the West (Bimble...), Saturday, 6 January 2007 06:59 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Anyone here know the Lipstick Killers? They're Aussie aren't they? I was into them quite a bit for a little while.

Good Warlock of the West (Bimble...), Saturday, 6 January 2007 07:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink

yep. their former guitarist is one of the world's foremost collectors of 60s garage rock

electric sound of jim [and why not] (electricsound), Saturday, 6 January 2007 07:07 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Haha! Wonderful. I just looked up my fave track of them that I put on my 8 disc extravaganza of music from 1979 - "Hindu Gods Of Love"

Good Warlock of the West (Bimble...), Saturday, 6 January 2007 07:16 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Xpost: SPK's "Leichenshrei" album is a classic, not been that taken with any of their other stuff. The comments are pretty funny, and I imagine there's a grain of truth in them, though they would apply just as much to TG and the rest.

"Hindu Gods of Love" is great

Soukesian (Soukesian), Saturday, 6 January 2007 14:17 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Much to my surprise, Aquarius had _Can't Stop It 2_ available last week and it arrived yesterday. The first half indicates it's as much fun as the first volume, which started a total obsession with Aussie postpunk. Along with my kiwi interest, all things Antipodean are all I'm listening to lately. And the two new Messthetics. I must come back to the 21st century eventually.

Phil - thank you so much for making your personal compilations available. I downloaded the first one and it slots in great next to the proper comps from the last 5 years. I've just downloaded the latest (which probably put you over your daily transfer quota) and can't wait to give it a digital spin.

Mitchell Dickerman (Mr. Odd), Saturday, 6 January 2007 14:39 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I must come back to the 21st century eventually

but there's sooo much great old music out there!

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Saturday, 6 January 2007 14:50 (eleven years ago) Permalink

And the two new Messthetics. I must come back to the 21st century eventually.

OMG!!! I KNOW! I just found those last night man! And I was like why the fuck didn't someone on ILM tell me there were finally two new Messthetics? Why the fuck? They're in the mail to me now. Although I really do hope he didn't duplicate too much the songs/bands of the past volumes.

Good Warlock of the West (Bimble...), Saturday, 6 January 2007 14:54 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Justin Timberlake kiss my fucking arse, you know what I mean?

Good Warlock of the West (Bimble...), Saturday, 6 January 2007 14:57 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Remember Dan? You were going to do a comp. called "In Defense of Digging"? That is the deal, man.

Good Warlock of the West (Bimble...), Saturday, 6 January 2007 15:02 (eleven years ago) Permalink

ned - just email guy blackman at chapter music for a copy - he'll probabaly send you one straight away.

all - any ideas on what other tracks i should make available? i was thinking about selections from the M2 cassette releases...

phil turnbull (philT), Saturday, 6 January 2007 20:56 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Thank yer!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 6 January 2007 21:14 (eleven years ago) Permalink

some nice Lines tracks on Messthetics 102, including an unreleased track!

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Sunday, 7 January 2007 05:02 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Yeah I DO at least know there were no Lines on the last round of Messthetics.

Good Warlock of the West (Bimble...), Sunday, 7 January 2007 05:14 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Since the first _Can't Stop It_ started this obsession of mine, I thought I'd ask ILX for any other compilation suggestions of Aussie punk & post-punk. I'm particularly enjoying the feeling that 1-3 great songs by an artist is enough - it seems my luck with going from one great song to a great album has diminished greatly over the years. Here's what I've got:

Top tier, almost every track is a winner:
Can't Stop It 1 & 2
Do The Pop (with more due this year!)
Born Out Of Time
Tales From The Australian Underground Vol. 1 & 2
Inner City Sound
Behind The Banana Curtain (mostly for the first disc)
No Night Sweats Vol. 1 & 2 - MP3 compilations from Phil's site

Second tier, lots of good stuff mixed with lesser material:
Alternative Animals
Missing Link Story
Murder Punk Vol. 1 & 2
Shakedown: Original Brisbane Punk (the Kicks stuff is KILLER)

Wot else?

Mitchell Dickerman (Mr. Odd), Sunday, 7 January 2007 22:52 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i don't think there's much more than that in the way of reissue compilations, unless you're going to start looking for original vinyl..

oh yeah there's a double disc comp of stuff released on aberrant, not bad, definitely as good as anything on your second tier list.

i'd be curious to see what a second volume of do the pop would contain. i don't think the barrel has been scraped yet, although i feel the tracklist for Tales vol 2 could have been a tiny bit more interesting.

there's a huge amount of fantastic stuff on the phantom and waterfront labels (for starters) that is yet to see reissue.. there's still plenty of m squared stuff floating about in obscurity too..

have a look at - the black eye records jukebox. plenty of neat stuff there

electric sound of jim [and why not] (electricsound), Sunday, 7 January 2007 23:06 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Oh, right, I forgot to add the _Go And Do It_ comp to my 2nd tier section, I've got that as well but most of it is a curiosity for me, my favorite bits are the Kelpies.

Thanks for that MP3 blog reference, I'll check it out.

Mitchell Dickerman (Mr. Odd), Sunday, 7 January 2007 23:15 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I just got Cybotron's Implosion the other day. Guess it isn't really post-punk, more like ... Kraut-prog, although it was released in 1980 so it is post punk in one way. Hope they re-release the earlier Cybotron albums.

Also got an Essendon Airport CD the other day, can't remember the name. Some good 70s 80s Australian music is starting to get released.

By the way this Cybotron is not related to Juan Atkins.

mentalist (mentalist), Monday, 8 January 2007 01:07 (eleven years ago) Permalink

how about the awesomeness that was thug... the "leather donut" and "waste sausage" compilations... Tex Perkins was a forward thinking gutter mind in no need of a skinny tie. Too late to even be in the running for post punk but a fine example of a post-everything universe that has been advanced outside of, say, a more developed vision like the LAFMS comps.

the thug "fuck your dad" 7" is a great lace to start. i believe the thug stuff is on cd.


Ben Dover (jonbenetsbody), Monday, 8 January 2007 04:38 (eleven years ago) Permalink

wait, i remember i got a promo of the new thug, let me fnd it. i'll get all 2007 and YSI it.


Ben Dover (jonbenetsbody), Monday, 8 January 2007 04:39 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i finally peeled open my copy of leather donut yesterday. not quite as good as its predecessor but entertaining nonetheless

electric sound of jim [and why not] (electricsound), Monday, 8 January 2007 04:42 (eleven years ago) Permalink

has anyone ever heard hairy biscuit? apparently test pressings exist

electric sound of jim [and why not] (electricsound), Monday, 8 January 2007 04:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink

there's a new thug record?!?!

slackety yax (H2-H4), Monday, 8 January 2007 04:53 (eleven years ago) Permalink

just a reissue of the thug stuff that already exists.


Ben Dover (jonbenetsbody), Monday, 8 January 2007 04:56 (eleven years ago) Permalink

anyone know anything about "NO"? ... i remember their records being roughly a noisy post-punk sounding kinda thing. not as new wave as some of the dance floor workers might like, but a healthy dose of speaker heat with a nice beef and onions burp to it. i'll have to post tomorow on this.

We won't talk of things like Fungus Brains and the Sick Things as they are also in that weird mid-80's zone that was post-punk AND hardcore. It all made sense when I got that weird 2nd Sick Things collection and they did an Exploited cover. Punks is Hippies.

Ben Dover (jonbenetsbody), Monday, 8 January 2007 05:02 (eleven years ago) Permalink

oh, haha. yes I have that, if it's the "everything is beautiful in it's own way" comp. (xp)

NO is mid-80s ollie olsen thing IIRC?

slackety yax (H2-H4), Monday, 8 January 2007 05:12 (eleven years ago) Permalink


tryace has a NO album i think?

electric sound of jim [and why not] (electricsound), Monday, 8 January 2007 05:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink

siltbreeze on shakedown:

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Tuesday, 9 January 2007 06:16 (eleven years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
I just recently downloaded the apparently lost great album by Tablewaiters Gate

My mistake here -- the band was Tablewaiters and this lost album was called Gate. Here's all the notes I have:



1.Soil Abstraction

2. Access

3. Echoes

4. UltraViolet

5. Connect

6. Feeding Time

7. Return to Venus

8. Gate 3

9. Confrontation With A Mountain

10. Welcome Welcome

11. Soil Abstraction ( Take 1)

Anthony Ameneiro Keyboards

Graham Synold - Vocals

Ed Lee - Guitar and Sounds

Gye Bennetts - Drums

Ian Robertson - Bass

Recorded Albert Studios 1981

Taken from unmixed masters reels

Produced by Lobby Lloyd

Dedicated to Robert Nimod R.I.P.

Thanks to Robert Barnham Management, and Sunnyboys for the shout

Tablewaiters were a band from Sydney. They formed in 1981 and were quickly taken into Lobby Lloyds management group with the Sunnyboys, Machinations and Sardine v. This album was recorded when they had been together for 12 weeks and it was never released. They quickly matured and wrote a second album of material that was to be released on RCA.. There was one single "Scattered Visions" from those sessions.

It's extremely good, I have to say -- very much a product of its time and place but reworking 'the Factory sound' plus a lot of other stuff around that time -- early paranoid Specials, hints of New Pop, a touch of Devo, etc. -- into one place. I'd really like to find out more but damn if this stuff isn't right up my alley. Andy Kellman/Dr. C to thread! And Dan Selzer again obv.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 31 January 2007 04:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink

sorry, it's news to me.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Wednesday, 31 January 2007 05:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Well yes! Because you might be interested, see. (But I can understand if you're swamped as is.)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 31 January 2007 05:37 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i hate when that happens! You think you'll put together your own Australian post-punk MP3 comp, Jim?

Meanwhile, I finally got a copy of the Blackeyed Susans box set. Such a great blend of influences - folk, country, blues - yet a sound very much imbued by their country.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 8 March 2012 02:51 (six years ago) Permalink

You think you'll put together your own Australian post-punk MP3 comp, Jim?

one day i will, but everything takes so long and i am tremendously disorganised. i've learned not to make any promises about this sort of thing based on the amount of times i have flaked out due to circs

some crap (electricsound), Thursday, 8 March 2012 02:53 (six years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

i was just going to ask about that Rabbits Wedding retrospective. damn.

nerve_pylon, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 22:42 (six years ago) Permalink

in news from my end - there was supposed to be a 7" ep of maestros and dipsos AND an LP of The Limp both from some guy in adelaide (+ accompanying Limp cd via Guy at Chapter). but that all seems to have gone off the deep end.

another person was going to release a cassette of a Voigt live recording but that also has gone into limbo.

i also hear rumours that the Pel Mel stuff will finally get a re-issue but i'm not holding my breath. they played a one-off concert in Newcastle recently which sounded OK.

The Voigt/465 remasters will be made available this year via Tunecore to digital suppliers (if Rod can get his act together).

BTW - the ICS recordings were mostly supplied by the compilers but i supplied them masters from my collection fro a variety of things - some professional and others just me.

nonightsweats, Saturday, 7 April 2012 06:22 (six years ago) Permalink

oh man i would have loved a limp retrospective. marked man is one of my fave AP-P singles.

kate axford likes this (electricsound), Saturday, 7 April 2012 06:27 (six years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

probably only gerald will be interested but the new lets go naked album finally came out (and not on egg, which definitely appears to be history). the tracks i've heard from it so far are really lovely.

on the rabbits wedding tip, their new band dusken lights have a single and comp track out, all of which are in a similar vein. they sound older but not at all tired.

no bongs tomorrow (electricsound), Thursday, 19 July 2012 00:05 (six years ago) Permalink

Definitely going to buy the new Lets Go Naked cd, just never heard of any of the Australian online stores they are using and the only copy on Amazon is a used copy. Any good online independent Australian stores? I looked at 78 Records and they don't have it.

svend, Thursday, 19 July 2012 02:19 (six years ago) Permalink

off the hip might stock it but i wouldn't hold my breath. a lot of the better stores are extremely reluctant to stock cds. i ordered mine from jb hi fi

no bongs tomorrow (electricsound), Thursday, 19 July 2012 02:21 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah their web page scared me off as soon as it loaded.

svend, Thursday, 19 July 2012 02:24 (six years ago) Permalink

Woohoo! Got a link order it? It's hard to google "Let's Go Naked" and get any meaningful results.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 19 July 2012 03:12 (six years ago) Permalink

this is where i got mine

bad wife decisions (electricsound), Thursday, 19 July 2012 03:15 (six years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Listening to the new Let's Go Naked (I notice they added the apostrophe this time) and it's lovely, indeed! So warm and comforting, it's hard not to draw the Go-Betweens comparison but there it is. Pity it'll be heard by so few people.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 3 August 2012 21:05 (six years ago) Permalink

i like it, while they obviously sounds older and a bit less sparky than the 80s stuff the tunes are still good, definitely not a disappointment

if all you have is jan hammer, everything looks like jimmy nail (electricsound), Friday, 3 August 2012 23:16 (six years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

Work proceeds on the Sunday Painters reissue mentioned above. But today (or already yesterday if you're in Australia, or even the UK) marks the thirty-year anniversary of one of their high points: the Sedition Festival, a three-day showcase of 22 bands, as well as assorted video artists, at the Trade Union Club. $10 for the lot….Other bands included the Scientists, Wet Taxi, Celibate Rifles. The Same, and Severed Heads.

The Painters played the opening night. Three and a half songs have survived from their set; two of which made it onto the Sedition—Go Broke cassette. This one, “In My Dreams,” did not, though it’s a monster, reworked into drum-machine form from its origins as a practice-room kraut jam outtake that made up the b-side of the band’s second single (Painting By Numbers, 1980, 250 copies). Like X covering PIL, with a New Order keyboard flourish.

Please feel free to share, to download, to play.

Michael Train, Monday, 22 April 2013 23:16 (five years ago) Permalink

Thought I'd try it as a video (well, at least a photo montage):

Michael Train, Sunday, 28 April 2013 20:45 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Any updates on this stuff? Any new compilations worth looking into?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 29 May 2014 23:48 (four years ago) Permalink

i'm not aware of any new various artists comps of this stuff at all, even a couple that were mooted a few years back didn't appear

in some ways the m squared comps were the final word, though the well is far from dry

for specific artists, recent comps of informatics and ash wednesday are worth picking up

eat sock become sock (electricsound), Friday, 30 May 2014 00:53 (four years ago) Permalink

I'm also not aware of any recent Australian punk or post-punk comps. Saw the Informatics and Ash Wednesday, but didn't jump.

Sunday Painters plans continue. Hoping for three LPs this year: a compilation of the singles called In My Dreams, then the first album, Something To Do, and second album Fourth Annual Report. Each with a download of a live cassette or radio performance.

Michael Train, Friday, 30 May 2014 03:02 (four years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Should have the first of our Sunday Painters reissues out in the wild by early 2015. It'll be a collection of the band's three diy singles, each released in a run of either 250 or 500 copies on their own Terminal Records. To be titled In My Dreams. Includes a digital download of all tracks, plus 9 more from a live cassette (only a couple copies for that) from 1982 in Melbourne at the Venetian Room. Amazing Eno and Rema Rema covers.

There should be some Australian distribution. Check this page for developments on that, plus info on full reissues of the Painters' two albums, also next year.

Michael Train, Saturday, 29 November 2014 05:28 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

So we now have hard copies of the Sunday Painters singles collection. Should start to show up in stores soon. Very exciting. There'll also be digital downloads from all the usual places. For those of you in Australia, your best bets will be R.I.P. Society/Repressed Records in Sydney, or Music Farmer's in Wollongong, though there may well be some other spots, too. By May we're hoping to get the band's two albums out.

Michael Train, Saturday, 3 January 2015 01:46 (three years ago) Permalink

i noticed that r.i.p. soc did some FB posts about it, what was their involvement in the reissue?

don't ask me why i posted this (electricsound), Saturday, 3 January 2015 01:47 (three years ago) Permalink

They have a great relationship with Whats Your Rupture in New York going back to Royal Headache. This singles comp, and the two reissue albums to follow, are co-releases by WYR and the Painters' own Terminal Records. R.I.P. will be selling copies and doing some distro in Australia, which is really helpful. They weren't involved in putting any of the reissues together, though.

Michael Train, Saturday, 3 January 2015 04:03 (three years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

So, R.I.P./Repressed should have them in a matter of days, if not already. And of course through the Whats Your Rupture site and finer stores....

While we're waiting, something to bang your head on the wall to....

From the On The Beach cassette. Live 2 February '83 at Melbourne's Marquee Room. The first, and best, Rema-Rema cover I know:

Michael Train, Monday, 19 January 2015 16:02 (three years ago) Permalink

You can stream the Sunday Painters singles here:

Michael Train, Sunday, 25 January 2015 01:30 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

RIP astrid spielman from the particles. i hope one day their stuff all gets compiled!

don't ask me why i posted this (electricsound), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 09:27 (three years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Test pressings approved for the two Sunday Painters album reissues: Something To Do (1982)and 4th Annual Report (1985). Should be out late August and available equally in the US and Australia, with some to Japan, France, and the UK. Also out then will be a repress of the singles comp LP, In My Dreams that came out in January.

More as we get closer.

Michael Train, Thursday, 11 June 2015 03:11 (three years ago) Permalink

Cool -- hopefully I can do something proper with that at last!

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 11 June 2015 12:32 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Whats Your Rupture and Terminal Records are thrilled to announce the reissue of two albums by The Sunday Painters—Something to Do (1982) and 4th Annual Report (1985).

The Sunday Painters were wide-ranging DIY art-punks. Operating out of Wollongong, Australia in the early 80s, they seemed to want to be every band from the Velvet Underground to King Crimson to the Sex Pistols to Throbbing Gristle. And they wrote catchy, often beautiful, songs, the greatest of which are also commentaries on the costs of containing such multitudes.

The Painters were formed in late 1978 by Peter Raengel and Peter MacKinnon. They released three singles on their own Terminal Records between 1979 and 1981 (collected in January, 2015 on the In My Dreams LP). Then, with a new bassist, Dennis Kennedy, they recorded their first album, Something To Do, which came out in 1982 as a run of 500 copies, also on Terminal. It’s as diverse a record as art-punk ever delivered, from the recessional dirge of its title track to the blitzkrieg minute of “Emotion Sickness” to “ECT,” the seven-part, industrial-punk-prog piece that closes the album.

Recording for 4th Annual Report began soon thereafter, and most of it would be finished by the end of 1983; however, the record did not come out until 1985, when a pair of songs were added. Out in a run of just 250 copies, it is the dense work of a band that had absorbed the full range of DIY and industrial sounds. At its heart is one of the great pop moments of Post Punk—“Love Factory,” which launches itself with a beat that would do the Ronettes proud, then throws a couple songs simultaneously beneath a proto-jungle skitter.

Included with each album are booklet inserts and download codes for all tracks, plus bonus live material.

For fans of the Homosexuals, Total Control, SPK, Swell Maps

Michael Train, Monday, 10 August 2015 22:53 (three years ago) Permalink

Some sample audio:

"Something To Do"

And "Through a Shattered Lens"

Michael Train, Wednesday, 12 August 2015 22:39 (three years ago) Permalink

just noticed this compilation, yet to listen

S​.​I​.​N​.​G​.​E​.​D. Volume 2 - Synthwave Industrial Noise Gothic Electronic Darkwave - Dark Alternative Music Bands from Australia and New Zealand

This album is a snapshot of independent-undergound ANZ artists making noises in the couple of years leading up to mid-2015; sounds in the realms of Synth-Wave/Pop/Punk/Rock Industrial Noise Gothic Electronic Darkwave (aka. "S.I.N.G.E.D."*); underground artists residing in or from Australia & New Zealand (ANZ).

released 15 August 2015

any recommendations of the artists on this comp?

djmartian, Saturday, 22 August 2015 14:00 (three years ago) Permalink

Sunday Painters records have been in Australian stores for the better part of a week, but today the two albums (and a repress of the singles comp LP) should be hitting US shelves.

Michael Train, Friday, 28 August 2015 23:00 (three years ago) Permalink


curmudgeon, Saturday, 29 August 2015 01:41 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

This looks interesting. I haven't heard of a worthwhile Aussie comp in quite some time:

Closed Circuits: Australian Alternative Electronic Music Of The '70s & '80s, Volume 1

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Sunday, 5 February 2017 04:01 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

This is fun:

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 17 March 2017 19:18 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

“What Is This Thing Called ‘Disco’?” is a landmark Australian post-punk artefact, originally released in 1981 as an LP with accompanying 12” single. One of the first records from the Australian underground to incor-porate disco elements into the reigning post-punk aesthetic, “What Is This Thing Called ‘Disco’?” sits alongside records by international counterparts Flying Lizards and Yellow Magic Orchestra in its combination of art school formalism and dancefloor hedonism.
Asphixiation was a one-off side project for Melbourne provocateur Philip Brophy, best known for his work with (pronounced with three clicks of the tongue), whose decade-long investigation into the aesthetics of punk, electronic and dance music began in the late 1970s.

etc, Wednesday, 24 May 2017 03:26 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Egregiously off the topic of the threadbump, but does anyone know if Total Control are up to much? Was listening to them again yesterday - they get it so beautifully

imago, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 11:56 (one year ago) Permalink

just played a small run of australian dates - including one at the sydney opera house(!) - they ruled

new album soon apparently

emsworth, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 21:57 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

So the "Closed Circuits" comp I mentioned above just came in. On first listen, it's fun and quite broad, ranging from straight synth-pop to experimental weirdness, but mostly in the middle. It's not as cool-weird as "Can't Stop It" or as fun-compelling as the "Tales From The Australian Underground". Overall I'm glad I picked it up. Note that there's 4 extra tracks on the LP version.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 22 August 2017 01:24 (one year ago) Permalink

still really excited for the new total control record

just discovered their first album, and thus have just discovered 'carpet rash'. fucking hell

imago, Monday, 4 September 2017 22:08 (one year ago) Permalink

up there with 'private execution' in the seven-minute aussie postpunk of recent years stakes

imago, Monday, 4 September 2017 22:18 (one year ago) Permalink

three months pass...

um holy shit Total Control have an album out TOMORROW?

imago, Thursday, 7 December 2017 11:19 (ten months ago) Permalink

haha this is so wonderfully odd

imago, Friday, 8 December 2017 13:03 (ten months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

i strongly recommend this to fans of australian post-punk in general and that total control EP specifically:
it's a little more PIL/dub-influenced than total control but similarly weird/catchy

na (NA), Friday, 2 February 2018 20:35 (eight months ago) Permalink

that's nice! thanks.

btw how is the total control ep that came out last year?

does anybody talk about eddy current suppression ring anymore? they rule(d) so much!

budo jeru, Friday, 2 February 2018 21:23 (eight months ago) Permalink

the total control EP is fantastic. it's not very "punk" for the most part but is great weirdo guitar pop.

na (NA), Friday, 2 February 2018 21:24 (eight months ago) Permalink

I'd say it's really punk! But in a kind of wild 'we really, really don't give a shit what anyone thinks' way. Musically yeah it's kind of evasive electro/guitar pop in form, anarcho-punk in function

imago, Friday, 2 February 2018 21:29 (eight months ago) Permalink

I like Eddy Current Suppression Ring (and Total Control) a lot but I don't think they're still going are they? Protomartyr kind of remind me of them (albeit not Australian of course)

Colonel Poo, Friday, 2 February 2018 22:00 (eight months ago) Permalink

six months pass...

good bloggin'!

16, 35, DCP, Go! (sic), Monday, 13 August 2018 18:47 (two months ago) Permalink

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