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Noiseweek: Hope Drone, Neurosis, Swans and KU?KA

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

The sights, sounds and words of the week in noise.


Every Tuesday is now Record Store Day, sort of, thanks to the American Association of Independent Music. Participating retailers will now devote the second day of the working week to specialty vinyl releases, new vinyl pre-releases ahead of other formats, reissues and special pressings.


Alex Griffin — who you might know as a life is noise contributor, Tiny Mix Tapes writer, Ermine Coat player or just a general top bloke — has launched his own zine talking about all things musical over at Bonzerzine. He’s kicked it off with a review of Perth outfit Verge Collection and an interview with the fine folk of Shit Narnia. Dig it.


In jealousy-inducing festival news, Riot Fest has revealed the bulk of the line-up for the 2015 iteration which takes place in Chicago, Denver and Toronto over three weekends in August and September. Iggy Pop and Motorhead get top billing at multiple stops, while the festival’s biggest leg in Chicago appearances from Faith No More, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Echo & The Bunnymen, Death, Indian Handcrafts and a slew of yet-to-be-announced acts. You can check the full line-up at


Seoul is now host to a tremendous public vinyl library with over 10,000 records. The venture is the latest in a series of library projects by credit company HyundaiCard and follows on from their Design and Travel Libraries. The Music Library also carries over 3,000 books and every issue of Rolling Stone from the last half-century. You can check out the website here. [via FACT]


Why Swans Whipped Sheet Metal and Licked CBGB’s Floor to Make ‘Filth’ | Rolling Stone

“Although the band’s initial release, 1982’s Swans EP, built off of the city’s dying no-wave scene, the ensemble came into its own with its debut full-length, Filth, the following year. Full of lumbering rhythms created by two bassists, two drummers, one guitar, a whipped metal table and some suffocating tape loops, the record is primal art rock at its most vitriolic, anticipating industrial, sludge and noise-rock in one fell thump. More threatening, Gira intermittently snarls imperatives about power – “Flex your muscles!” “Take control and keep it!” “Don’t talk until you’re spoken to!” – in a way that made Henry Rollins sound like Olivia Newton-John at the time, as the band dismantled rock to its most threadbare essentials.”

Feurio!!!! The Strange World Of Einstürzende Neubauten | The Quietus

“There are many legendary bands who name is a shibboleth for a certain kind of taste or knowing insiderism, but whose recorded output is less adequately attended to than it deserves to be. High on that list of bands are avant-noise German collective Einstürzende Neubauten, a band from West Berlin born from the apocalyptic Cold War paranoia that gripped that city for decades, whose music is famous for the explosive din produced its unusual and repurposed instrumentation. Over their three and a half decades of operation this has included jackhammers, sheet metal and fire, an instrumentation perfectly suited to the broken terrain of a city smashed into submission and never properly rebuilt.”


KU?KA — Flux 98

Is Laura Jane Lowther synesthetic? The intensely lush textures that fill every space of Lowther and company’s songs are so rich in sensory detail that it feels like she’s almost translating the taste of colour into soundwaves. Flux 98 is the third single from her forthcoming EP, Unconditional, and channels sounds from above the clouds and below the ocean’s surface, awash in high-end synths and Lowther’s distinctive heightened falsetto. Unconditional is out August 14 through Midnight Feature.

Hope Drone — Every End Is Fated In Its Beginning

Australia’s Hope Drone — who you may have heard are now signed to Relapse fucking Records — have released the first taste of their forthcoming long-player, Cloak of Ash, which is due out July 14. The 9-and-a-half minute track is brimming with the ecstatic dread, marrying ferocious black metal intensity with hazy ambience over a daunting two-chord refrain. Expect big things.


Neurosis — Times of Grace at Maryland Death Fest

MDF is consistently one of the strongest heavy festivals of the year. If you’ve been following the LIN Facebook, you probably saw our commander-in-chief’s live updates from the front lines with YOB, Conan, Ufomammut, Melt Banana, Full of Hell, Inter Arma and a metric fuckton of metal’s finest. Professional live footage has been hard to come by, but this crowd clip from Neurosis’ set is nothing to sneeze at. Even from 100 feet back on video, Neurosis is a stunning and exhausting behemoth of a band.

Sam Prekop — A Geometric

Like a degraded VHS tape playing old Windows Media Player visualisations, the video from Sam Prekop’s A Geometric is an analog-to-digital mindfuck of colours and shapes. There’s something vital lost in our HD aesthetic, and the lo-fi strobing geometry from video artist Nick Ciontea is a perfect match for Prekop’s pulsating and oscillating synths. A Geometric is taken from The Republic which is out now on Thrill Jockey.

LISTEN: Rex Monsoon remixes KU?KA’s Divinity

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Fresh off a successful showing at the WAM Song of the Year Awards which saw last year’s “Unconditional” take out the top prize, we’re happy to present the premiere of KU?KA’s latest track, where venerable Perth DJ Rex Monsoon takes on the dense and sophisticated “Divinity”. Monsoon strips back the track’s lush synthetics, leaving Laura Jane Lowther’s angelic vocals to stand on their own amongst a series of supremely chilled-out beats in an ethereal dreamscape. Dig it.

Divinity Remixed is available now on iTunes.

KU?KA debuts new single Divinity

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Coming off the heels of a triumphant showing at the WA Music Awards that saw victories in the Best Single, Best Electronic Act and Best Experimental Act categories, Laura-Jane Lowther-led Perth outfit KU?KA premiered the entrancing new single ‘Divinity’ overnight. Marked by Lowther’s angelic and ethereal half-whispered delivery, ‘Divinity’ is rich with synthetic sophistication, as densely textured as it is sparse; as danceable and catchy as it is introspective. Check out the track below:

Catch KU?KA at The Bakery with Sacred Flower Union and more in support of UK post-industrialists Factory Floor on Saturday December 13. Tickets on sale now through

Live Review: Oliver Tank at The Bakery

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

listen-oliver-tank-new-single-different-speedFriday March 2, 2014 Review by Jessica Tucker Any artist that can work The Beatles’ ‘Blackbird’ and ‘Drop it Like It’s Hot’ into an hour-long performance has some serious producing flair. Oliver Tank has established himself as a quiet achiever […]

Photos: Seekae at The Bakery

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

17) Seekae, At The BakerySeekae at the Bakery, Perth on Saturday August 31, 2013. Photo’s by Brodie Cole.

Live Review: Seekae at The Bakery

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

19) Seekae, At The BakerySaturday August 31, 2013 – Review by Chris Gardner I am forever wary when electronic acts play live. The studio is a safe and comfortable space where the sonically meticulous can craft subtle, thoughtful atmospheres. The real world, however, is […]