TWO MINUTES WITH: LAST DAYS OF KALI

TWO MINUTES WITH: LAST DAYS OF KALI

Last Days Of Kali can transport you to another world. And even though these doom-infused post-rock folk from Adelaide have been around for a few years now, releasing their self-titled debut back in 2013, they are slowly working towards the follow-up—pegged for release in the New Year.

Supporting Tortoise this Friday, December 9, at Fowlers Live with Sparkspitter, we chatted to Liam Schulz (synth) as part of our Two Minutes With series.

TWO MINUTES WITH: SEIMS

TWO MINUTES WITH: SEIMS

SEIMS are an all-out auditory assault. What started as a “bedroom-only studio project” grew into this furious Sydney-based math-rock powerhouse, which has drawn comparisons to big names like 65daysofstatic, And So I Watch You From Afar, Battles and Adebisi Shank.

Supporting Tortoise at the Manning Bar on December 7 with mates Tangents, we chatted to the band’s main man, Simeon Bartholomew, as part of our Two Minutes With series.

EAT A BAG OF MIX: CLAIRE HODGSON

EAT A BAG OF MIX: CLAIRE HODGSON

Eat a Bag of Mix is a LIFE IS NOISE feature where we get a DJ, musician, producer, industry figure, promoter or just someone with all-round amazing taste in messed-up and weird music to give us a selection of tracks that has influenced them, or tunes that currently float their boat.

This month's bag-of-mixer is Perth-based Claire Hodgson, who works for key music industry body West Australian Music and screams in two bands—The Shakeys and Roundup Weedkiller. And she definitely knows her shit when it comes to weird and wonderful music.

TWO MINUTES WITH: SPARKSPITTER

TWO MINUTES WITH: SPARKSPITTER

Sparkspitter’s math-infused rhythms are contagious. And they’re just picking up steam. In the past two years, they’ve released an album and EP, toured South East Asia and now this Adelaide outfit are supporting legendary instrumentalists Tortoise on December 9.

Joined by Last Days Of Kali at Fowlers Live, we chatted to the band as part of our Two Minutes With series.

TWO MINUTES WITH: HALF/CUT

TWO MINUTES WITH: HALF/CUT

Half/cut are hypnotic. Striking a balance between shimmering beauty and biting depressive melodies, this Melbourne five-piece dream pop outfit only played two shows before they recorded their debut full length, Ecco Locale, earlier this year.

Now more seasoned, they will be supporting Tortoise at the Croxton on December 8 with fellow locals Fourteen Nights At Sea. We chatted to vocalist Jessie Warren as part of our Two Minutes With series.

TWO MINUTES WITH: fFOLKS

TWO MINUTES WITH: fFOLKS

Punk-infused avant-indie rockers fFolks know how to create a mood. Featuring former members of much loved Wellington-based acts like Ghostplane, Letterbox Lambs and Ejector, the five-piece have been quietly working on the follow-up to their 2014 debut ACS for the better part of the last two years.

Supporting Tortoise in their hometown on December 3 at the San Fran with mates Hiboux, we chatted to the band as part of our Two Minutes With series.

TWO MINUTES WITH: BIG DEAD

TWO MINUTES WITH: BIG DEAD

Big Dead are from Brisbane. Moving listeners from chaos to catharsis through slow-burning jazz rock, their latest - Shell - is an "...engaging, eclectic and intelligent" mix that "...tackles big themes including gender stereotypes, violence and death, in an eerily picturesque, almost unsettling, way".

Supporting Tortoise at The Zoo on December 6 with Nature Trails, we talked with Cameron Bower from the band as part of our Two Minutes With series.

ANGER MANAGEMENT: LA TORTURE DES TENEBRES

ANGER MANAGEMENT: LA TORTURE DES TENEBRES

The debut LP of elusive and covert Canadian trio La Torture des Ténèbres (Acadian Nights - released in April this year) was a fierce tour de force in harsh, cold black metal. Noise, feedback and ambient guitar drones combined to create an amazingly chaotic sound that was a real shot in the arm amongst a sea of slickly produced shoegaze and melodic sounds that choked the genre. Since then the band has been highly prolific, releasing a second full length in May (Choirs Of Emptiness) and now a third full length, due for release in late December on Vomiting Choir Records, Civilization Is The Tomb Of Our Noble Gods.

TWO MINUTES WITH: THE DARK THIRD

TWO MINUTES WITH: THE DARK THIRD

The Dark Third know how to make you feel. With deep progressive ties, this New Zealand-based quartet produce songs of "..dreams, ambitions and hopes" told through free-flowing musical structures, flirting with elements of ambient, shoegaze, black metal and the diverse spaces inbetween.

Supporting Tortoise on December 2 at the Kings Arms in Auckland with fellow locals Greenfog, we chatted to frontman Daniel Hay as part of our Two Minutes With series.

STRANGE FIRES: SOFT KILL

STRANGE FIRES: SOFT KILL

Soft Kill is a post-punk band from Portland Oregon. Their new album, Choke, debuted on 4 November on Profound Lore records and hastily became one of my all time favourite albums in post-punk/darkwave history. 

The band’s sleek stormy sound really reflects a landscape comparable to where they call home. Oregon: Lush, overgrown, teaming with life beneath a cloudy gloom that so often overshadows its inherent beauty. The band’s new masterpiece echoes the whispers of some of the best bands from the 80s era of the genre, while still keeping their own unique brand of blossoming melancholia. 

TWO MINUTES WITH: NATURE TRAILS

TWO MINUTES WITH: NATURE TRAILS

Nature Trails know how to find the light in even the darkest of places. Once described as the lovechild of “…The Cure, Asylum Party, a touch of Motorama and The National”, this Brisbane gloom-pop outfit recently released their Juncture/Sine two-track—a brooding ode to 80s goth tones with a modern post punk twist.

Supporting Tortoise on December 6 at The Zoo with Big Dead, we chatted to the band as part of our Two Minutes With series.

TWO MINUTES WITH: HIBOUX

TWO MINUTES WITH: HIBOUX

Hiboux play wander musical odysseys. Building soundscapes through an exploration of thunderous crescendos and delicate quieter moments, this New Zealand five-piece took things a step further on their surging debut, Night Flights.

Released earlier this year, Hiboux will be delving into their newer material when they support Tortoise on December 3 at the San Fran with fellow locals, fFolks. We chatted to guitarist Lester Litchfield as part of our Two Minutes With series.

ANGER MANAGEMENT: THE RUINER

ANGER MANAGEMENT: THE RUINER

The legacy of cult Melbourne sludge/grind metal combo Christbait lives on throughout the nine tracks of The Ruiner's debut album. But this album is no mere rehash: it takes the pounding, heavy riffage their predecessors and adds new elements to create a modern and fresh sound.

Through an EP and one full length, Christbait stood out in a scene predominantly run by death and thrash metal bands in the early 90's. The band’s pummelling mix of doom, sludge, grind and crust was well received amongst their peers (Blood Duster in particular, naming their Yeest EP in tribute to their Yeast EP) and a rabid cult following.

DAHMER'S ACID LOBOTOMY: METAPHYSICAL MANIPULATION OF THE HUMAN VOICE THROUGH SOUND ART

DAHMER'S ACID LOBOTOMY: METAPHYSICAL MANIPULATION OF THE HUMAN VOICE THROUGH SOUND ART

Art and music are intrinsically intertwined. In Dahmer’s Acid Lobotomy, artist, curator and Pissed Cola’s sound-smith Meagan Bates walks the fine line between the two through an exploration of personal, local, national and international works. 

EAT A BAG OF MIX: JAI LOVE

EAT A BAG OF MIX: JAI LOVE

Eat a Bag of Mix is a LIFE IS NOISE feature where we get a DJ, musician, producer, industry figure, promoter or just someone with all-round amazing taste in messed-up and weird music to give us a selection of tracks that has influenced them, or tunes that currently float their boat.

This month's bag-of-mixer is Wollongong-based Jai Love, who is one of the key players setting up a new DIY record store and venue, Urge Records, in the ‘Gong later this month. He also plays guitar and shouts stuff at people with punk outfit The Nuclear Family, who have played with acts like The Drones, Harmony, DEAD, Tumbleweed, The New Christs, Hunx and his Punx (USA), The Coathangers (USA), Die! Die! Die! (NZ), Lubricant (SNG) and Truckfighters (SWE).

MOMENTS IN NOISE: DENOUNCEMENT PYRE

MOMENTS IN NOISE: DENOUNCEMENT PYRE

Denouncement Pyre is total destruction. This Melbourne blackened death four-piece seek to bring mysticism back to a genre falling victim to popularity and, as a result, comfortability.

We talked to frontman D. about the band’s recently released third full length, Black Sun Unbound, and how exploring the depths can often prove to be a positive experience.