“Only Mildly Neighbour Unfriendly Experimental Music Night” Presented by Repressed Records as part of the Newtown Festival, featuring the stark, eerie electronics of Half High (Matthew Hopkins and Lucy Phelan of Naked On The Vague) and the cassette loop & synthesizer explorations of Exotic Dog (Nic Warnock of Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys, Ruined Fortune, Model Citizen).
Half High is a project by Lucy Phelan and Matthew P. Hopkins, both known for their work with a number of Sydney based groups, most notably as founding members of the band Naked On the Vague. Half High create a slightly damaged form of ambience through meditative synth lines, various electronics, and atmospheric tape manipulation. Half High map a sonic terrain that is in parts alien and industrial, and in certain locations, tranquil and mesmerising.
Exotic Dog is the solo project of Nic Warnock (Model Citizen, Ruined Fortune, Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys, R.I.P. Society label-head). Using his trusty cassette four-track recorder, voice, synthesizer and field recordings he creates disorientating sound collages with a loose feeling of narrative. Moments are almost rhythmic and loop like, occasionally melodic, completely abstract or somewhere in between.
Here is a recording of my (as in the guy that runs R.I.P. Society) new solo project TABLE. The name is in reference to a Lou Reed & Metallica song called The View. I have dreamt of starting a project called Table for a while now and booked myself on this show to make sure I secured the name. I use synthesizers and electronic percussion but probably not great for le clubz. This was the first performance of Table, I think it was more successful than some of my other bands first shows as no one had to get an ambulance and none of my equipment broke 4 seconds in. So when you see the name Table on a show remember “I AM… THE TABLE.”
Next TABLE show is with FACTORY FLOOR, ALBA and LUCY CLICHE. It is supposed to be a DJ set but I’m going to put my gear through a channel of the mixer and try beat match with Skatt Bros and Prince - Erotic City.
Here’s a lovely feature on The Native Cats frontman Peter Escott that aired on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Native Cats back/sideman Julian Teakle makes a few cute appearances too. Peter’s solo album The Long O is out now on Bedroom Suck/Fire Records. It’s great.
Peter is a smart, funny and interesting character and I hope he gets to make TV series one day.
Here is an online streaming portal to what I considered the best 7”/short player of 2013. I’m quite sure it’s still available from Easter Bilby in the USA, plus the label and select stores in Australia.
Album in the funky-full-band-flavour coming on R.I.P. Society 2015. See my previous post for more info on Cured Pink.
The Brisbane based musician is one of the most important if under-recognised artists operating in Australia.
Cured Pink has a new album (i thought it was an EP but whuteva) coming for the o/s label Another Dark Age. I am making sure there will be copies down under. This is a different style of CP to last years ‘best 7” of 2013’ but still VERY enjoyable. Here is some dialog from the interview…
Tim Scott: What’s coming up?
Andrew: The LP as a band with the other dudes is being mixed. I have to get that over to RIP SOCIETY soon and see if Nic is still interested. It will have all the hits on there “Progressive Parenting” and crowd favorite “Achievable Sex”. If anyone liked our Body Body Body single last year it will have the same Perkins-signature-funkness, perhaps a bit more thought.
Here is Nic’s response to the interview:
Yes I am still interested and would feel privileged to release music by this excellent music band Cured Pink.
EXTRA EXTRA, THERE’S LOTS OF R.I.P. SOCIETY RELATED ACTIVITY OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS! Please pay attention to the following information as it may relate to the region you’re situated in! CAPITAL LETTER are to help you locate your region.
First of all the NEWCASTLE WEEKENDER is happening from tonight at The Terrace Bar. Lots of stuff at the Terrace tonight thru Saturday, with a big all-day event at The Croatian Club on Sunday including somewhat of an R.I.P. Society showcase feat. M.O.B., Destiny 3000, Red Red Krovvy, Ghastly Spats and Table. All the info needed here:
RED RED KROVVY play four different regions in the next few weeks. SYDNEY tomorrow night with Sweat Tongue, Housewives & Meat Tray The Newcastle Sunday (mentioned above). MELBOURNE & HOBART to follow. Details here for all dates:
The Native Cats & CONSTANT MONGREL play ADELAIDE October 5 as a part of the excellent Metro School Reunion huge 12 bands gig. Excellent line-up! Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1465245010401171/?fref=ts
Liquid Architecture events are happening in SYDNEY this weekend plus other exotic regions. If you have an interest in out of the ordinary sounds and art and sound art check it out. Half High play the SINGAPORE event, while one half of Half High Matthew Hopkins plays in Sydney: http://www.liquidarchitecture.org.au/
Half High are also heading to the UK/EUROPE-ish area playing the Tusk Festival and more dates to be announced so keep an eye out on their facebook page. Matthew Hopkins is also appearing at the Penultimate Press/Kye Records showcase at Café OTO alongside MONIEK DARGE, CALL BACK THE GIANTS, ASTOR,VICKY LANGAN & GRAHAM LAMBKIN
MAGGOT FEST is coming up in MELBOURNE OCT 30 - NOV 2. Royal Headache, Ruined Fortune, Destiny 3000, M.O.B. and LOW LIFE are playing alongside heaps of sick bands. P.S. A re-press has been ordered of the Low Life LP.
Happy birth to the cool and entertaining oily boy Drew.