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New Torche song ‘Andy Low’ on Robotic Empire compilation

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

It’s amazing there aren’t more bands like Torche, but maybe that’s to be expected; for so long we’ve been led to think that metal and melody are warring factions, that hooks and catchy riffs are tools of the enemy yielded only in the pursuit of accessibility. And while Torche are certainly accessible, they’re so much more than that, proving that a good hook goes a long way when it’s matched with massive guitars and a mighty rhythm section.

Their latest offering is ‘Andy Low’, the first song on the mammoth 30-track compilation album Blood Mixtape from Virginia label Robotic Empire. It’s a rollicking, sub-3-minute anthem filled to the brim with everything you’ve come to expect from Torche: big, ballsy, killer riffs, a heavy beat fit for a military parade and the familiar, soaring howl of frontman Steve Brooks. Flame on.

You can download ‘Andy Low’ for free (or for money, if you want) here or stream the whole compilation below.

Torche Australian Tour:

Thursday October 16 – Crowbar, Brisbane
with Lizzard Wizzard and Indica

Saturday October 18 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
with Child and DEAD

Sunday October 19 — Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
with Lo! and Sumeru

Tickets available from, Oztix and venue outlets.

Blanche Blanche Blanche

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

I love this band because they’re either insane, or half human/half early dial-up internet connection. BlBlBl ricochet back and forth song structures that straddle the innovative and the illogical and fill them out with dinky-upon-dinky casiotones, flat vocals and lyrics ripped from imaginary self-help books and transcripts of psychoanalysis sessions. It makes perfect sense. Last year’s Wink With Both Eyes was probably the best record made on a four track last year, spinning out infinitely strange mutations of what are usually identified as songs running, falling, kicking and passing to a munted logic all their own. It was probably the best thing made anywhere, probably.

Right now, they’re prepping 7? with guitarist Graham Brooks (who also played on WWBE) and a new album, Wooden Ball due through NNA Tapes on the 5th of March. Also, you can head OVER HERE IMMEDIATELY to download a large proportion of their back catalogue. Plunge in and work backwards if you like all of the confusing things about the 21st century as much as you like dust and eavesdropping on grown men crying while they cook noodles.


A Minute With Sugarpuss

Friday, November 16th, 2012

We spend a minute with Sugarpuss ahead of their single launch tonight at The Bird.

Describe your music in five words or less.
Oscillate, Delay, Fuzz, Drums, Swoosh!

What’s going on right now in the world of Sugarpuss?
Releasing our first single at The Bird tonight (November 16).
We recorded a bunch of songs with Malcolm Clark at Yoyo Studios earlier in the year and are just learning how to play some of them live. We entered one into the WAM song of the year comp and it won the “Love” category so we figured it could be our first single.

We’ve also just recruited our fifth member – Thom Wolfe (Blud/Funnilingus) to play extra synth and percussion so we are able to pull off some of the sounds and vibes we captured in the studio.  So we’re just rehearsing a new live set, which is really exciting for us all as the sound has grown into a larger, dreamier animal with more limbs and tricks than before…

What are the worst and best gigs you’ve ever played and why?
Worst: we played a gig a few weeks ago for some stage practice and it was so quiet that even the DJ bailed when he saw the empty room. Either that or supporting The Vasco Era at a uni Tav: the expectations of awesomeness far outweighed the reality of drunk uni students yelling at us.
Best: We did the West Australian leg of San Cisco’s “Awkward” tour last year: lots of kids, lots of lights, even some fights… Fun!

Tell us something about your music that we might not know.
We sampled John Lennon’s back-up vocals for one of our new songs and he sits in there really nicely! Umm… Brian our bass player is a loose unit and writes the most classic tunes out of us all. Titles such as “Don’t Forget To Put The Magic In” are amongst his finest moments, and he wrote the music for “Falling Outta Love” which is the single we’re releasing.

You’re putting together your perfect local gig? Who would you get to play, why and where? Feel free to include acts/DJs/bands/venues that no longer exist.
Woah what a task! OK… How about, “for the hell of it”, a country field, maybe Toodyay or down south… take a generator, build a festival-ready stage and line-up something like this:
(line-up subject to change)

DJ Douche Unit, Ben Witt (Solo), The Good Boys, Mayor Dadi, HAMJAM, Shy Panther, The Growl, The Weapon Is Sound, Pond, The Sleepy Jackson

Nils Frahm — “Screws”

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Nils FrahmBerlin pianist Nils Frahm recently broke his thumb, which probably should have seen him taking a bit of a break. Fortunately, Frahm has made the most of a bad situation and recorded Screws (a reference to the four screws now in his thumb) with his nine working digits.

You can pre-order a physical copy (vinyl/CD) at Erased Tapes, and stream/download the record below.