Archive for August, 2014

Sounds Like Hell: The Wednesday Society

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Sounds Like Hell is an irregular feature on old and new noise rock.

The Wednesday Society’s Anxiety and Neurotic Disorders is an exercise in the art of the album, where the whole is much greater than the sum of its songs. From the opening moments of instrumental prelude ‘.’ to the closing section of the otherworldly ‘Drub (Aum)’, every riff, every beat, every tectonic thud of the bass and every reverb-drenched rallying cry is perfectly placed to evoke the sensations that the album’s title hints at – neuroses, paranoia and despair.

Which is not to say The Wednesday Society dealt only in hopelessness; instrumental numbers like the interlude ‘Twlg’ and ‘Non’ boast sophisticated progressions, infectious riffing and stirring crescendos. But the quartet were at their best when they tapped into that deep frustration like on ‘All We Do Is Butcher Everything’, where vocalist Brendan Jay repeats a series of platitudes that grow more menacing with each utterance. In the mid-section he spits: “let us find a future/to beat it down” over the off-kilter thud of James Sher’s bass, before musing a minute later: “processed to perfection, artificilially enhanced/versus hippie shit, organic/manufactured for the use of every common man” over an increasingly frenetic rhythm section.

It’s a shame The Wednesday Society never produced a follow-up to this record; after frequent gigging following its 2009 release, their shows tapered off before they quietly announced their break-up in 2012. Until the reunion (fingers crossed), In the meantime, the album lives on (for free) on Bandcamp.

The Smith Street Band march to the Rosie

Friday, August 29th, 2014

03965a0c-3f6c-4f58-abbb-9f7fac3cf17eMelbourne’s THE SMITH STREET BAND are ready for what seems like their millionth tour in the last two years- and it’s all hitting the Rosemount on November 29th. Round off your uni semester or avoid exam study with a few […]

Live Review: Tangled Thoughts of Leaving at The Bakery

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

24) TTOL, The BakeryThe Bakery, Saturday August 23, 2014 Review by Matthew Tomich Photos by Hana Lee-Smith Tangled Thoughts of Leaving returned to the stage last Saturday for only the third time this year, stealing away from the studio to preview a couple […]

The Griswolds take the leash off

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Griswolds-2-1Aussie band THE GRISWOLDS are returning home and they’re bringing home something not necessarily on a tight leash. Their new single ‘Beware the Dog’ clawed its way to the US top 20a alternative radio charts this week and they’re getting […]

Photos: Kingswood at Capitol

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

3. Kingswood (24)Kingswood at Capitol Perth on Friday August 22, 2014. Photos by Karen Lowe.

Live Review: Kingswood at Capitol

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

3. Kingswood (13)Capitol Perth on Friday August 22, 2014 Review by Jessica Tucker The anarchy had arrived. The madness was taking its toll. The beastly barbarians of rock had taken the stage and everybody’s creature within was clawing its way out of […]

Anger Management: Trap Them

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Every fortnight, we check in with all things heavy on RTRFM’s Critical Mass show.

Hailing from Seattle, WA, Trap Them’s fourth album — the spectacularly-titled Blissfucker — blends sludge, grind and hardcore throughout an array of songs that are guaranteed to get your blood pumping. ‘Salted Crypts’ kicks off with a sludgy riff that would make Eyehategod weep. Ryan McKenney’s tortured vocals bring the mood down before shifting swiftly into Swedish territory blending buzzsaw-like guitars over a frenzied D-beat.

From there each track keeps you guessing, which is exactly what a great album should do. Blissfucker is the band’s longest album to date, featuring some lengthier mid-tempo songs such as ‘Savage Climbers’ and ‘Let Fall Each and Every Sedition Symptom’. But these aren’t the highlights here; the band really kicks into gear with tracks such as ‘Lungrunners’ and the seriously-pissed-off ‘Habitland’.

This album marks Trap Them’s second release on Prosthetic Records, the follow-up to 2011’s Darker Handcraft. Original members McKenney (vocals) and Brian Izzi (guitar) are now joined by new kids Galen Baudhuin (bass) and Brad Fickeisen (drums, ex-The Red Chord).

While I’m not overly familiar with their previous work, this album makes me wish I’d taken more notice. I’m a sucker for a killer riff and when they sound this good and are delivered with the ferocity and power shown on Blissfucker, I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

For fans of Converge, Rotten Sound, Discharge and Weedeater.

Critical Mass airs every Wednesday from 9PM on RTR FM 92.1.

Photos: Being Beta at the Rosemount

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

27) Being Beta, at Rosemount HotelBeing Beta at the Rosemount Hotel, Perth on Friday August 22, 2014. Photos by Stuart Sevastos.

Photos: Being Beta at the Rosemount

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

27) Being Beta, at Rosemount HotelBeing Beta at the Rosemount Hotel, Perth on Friday August 22, 2014. Photos by Stuart Sevastos.

Live Review: Being Beta at The Rosemount

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

22) Being Beta, at Rosemount HotelRosemount Hotel, Perth on Friday 22nd August, 2014. Friends and bands turned up to celebrate BEING BETA’s ‘Drink Tea’ EP launch and everyone was ready to party. There were balloons, quirky animal print shirts and ape masks. Being Beta fans […]