"…as cold and empty as a worn-out husk.”
Creepiest album of the year out soon on RIP Society.
I think Low Life’s Dogging was promised back in 2012 but incurred some setbacks - I’m sure a large part of it was the passing of Brendon Annesley, whose Negative Guest List label was to release it originally - but it’s finally arrived two years later, brought to you jointly by R.I.P. Society and Disinfect Records. The record, dedicated wholly to Annesley, is biting, dark, and often self-flagellating, outdoing the punks and besting brainless revivalist goth acts in under half an hour. The A-side picks up where the great Sydney Darbs 7” (buy it) left off, keeping things taut and plenty aggressive: the nasty “Speed Ball” feeds right into “Down at the Dogs,” the latter folding in on itself to scream “YOU FUCKIN’ DOG!” before tearing back into form. The B-side starts with the scathing “DNA” and then things begin to slowly stretch out, beginning with the tense, sprawling “Dream Machine” followed by the almost wistful “Emmie.” The change-up works to the band’s advantage, swapping driving rhythms for heavy textures to keep things fresh, in turn allowing the acerbic closer “Friends” to hit twice as hard as it would otherwise. It’s a bonus that everything sounds great on here, undoubtedly a byproduct of the album’s extended gestation time. Dogging was every bit worth the wait, a provocative diatribe against sickening aspects of modern society that get swept under the rug. My favorite record to come out of Australia so far this year.
Americans can buy the LP from Bruce at Easter Bilby Distro. You can also find the other two recent R.I.P. Society releases (LPs by M.O.B. and Rat Columns) and many other recent Aussie records in there as well.
A little late I know but wanted to throw a bit of a shout out/thank you to a few people for the R.I.P Society 5th Birthday at Sydney Opera House for Vivid Live. I couldn’t be friggin’ happier with how the night went. Big ups to all the bands who went above and beyond, Toby Baldwin for holding it down behind the board and Alister Hill from Vivid for giving the label an opportunity of this magnitude (who else would have?). Thanks to everyone who attended, helped plug/promo the show, all acts that’ve had a record on this label and the network of independent music do-gooders (stores/distros/writers/venues people/radio/other labels/you know who you are) who don’t cave into those music industry’s rubbish ideas of progress. WHILE THERE’S A TEMPORARY PEAK OF INTEREST IN THING RECORD LABEL I WOULD LIKE TO PLUG THE LATEST 3 RELEASES. Low Life - Dogging (split release with Disinfect Records), M.O.B. and Rat Columns - Leaf. ALL GREAT, MORE INFO soon. Already available in the US from Easter Bilby Records, in a few stores in Australia with more coming next week! Shipped to Black Wire, Repressed Records, Distort, Eternal Soundcheck, Polyester and more to come.
Those who’re planning on coming but haven’t got a ticket, I’d recommend coming down early. Those who have tickets, I recommend early at Ghastly Spats & Housewives will be starting at 5pm sharp. From 4.30 Wallaby Beat DJs will be (http://wallabybeat.blogspot.com.au/ ) be playing a choice selection of private press Australian punk rock, glam, “grillfat” (shorthand for greasy, dunderheaded hard rock), powerpop, and DIY as a catch-all for everything that falls between the cracks. While you’re on the computer Wallaby Beat paired each of the acts of the the Wallaby Beat historical equivalent:http://www.oystermag.com/nic-warnock-wallaby-beat-djs-guide-to-rip-society
Here is the running order for the Vivid show at The Sydney Opera House Saturday night. http://vividlive.sydneyoperahouse.com/line-up/rip-society-fifth-bday
Friday entertainment, Sydney.
(note, it is possible to attend both this and the Lace Curtain show as that finishes early)
There is a show on this Sunday in Sydney. Here is a link to the music of Tudor House… https://soundcloud.com/golddiscs/sets/tudor-house-melbourne
A new addition to the R.I.P Society family is RAT COLUMNS, the project of David West whose voice you may recognise from the chic electronic group LACE CURTAIN. He is also a member of popular and excellent (a rare combination) band TOTAL CONTROL. Their 2nd LP ‘Leaf’ will be landing in Australia very soon and can has just arrive at Easter Bilby Records in the USA. While in the last year this label has some what made a shift towards the darker, punker or weirder side of the Aussie underground (see the Low Life and M.O.B. LPs also out very soon), Rat Columns play earnest, unashamed guitar pop. Rat Columns is inspired by frosted jangle, sad pop, post-punk and soft fuzz. Their debut Sydney show is at Sydney Opera House as a part of Vivid LIVE with Alex (of The Stevens & Twerps) playing drums and Callum playing bass. This show is happening on Saturday from 5pm. Get tix here before it’s too late… http://vividlive.sydneyoperahouse.com/line-up/rip-society-fifth-bday