Crab Smasher have a new album out titled SCUM PUZZLE. It consists of 60 minutes of improvised music recorded live at Islington Pharmacy on 04/09/2013. It is available on cassette through Newcastle label Grog Pappy for $6.00 including shipping.
To order email/paypal: grogpappy(at)gmail.com.
This is a new 4 track EP from Crab Smasher titled World Of Babies. Recorded at Islington Pharmacy September 4 2013.
Crab Smasher recorded live on 3CR 855AM Community Radio Feb 12 2010.
Cock Safari and Polyfox have teamed up together for a new cassette titled Happy Valentines. It’s out through now through Grog Pappy so email grogpappy(at)gmail.com to get yours. Here is what you might expect.
Cock ‘n Fox play all the different pieces of equipment they can find in a 3×5 meter room with a ditty of a duet at the end of the cassette
Yep, It’s been pretty quiet here at Monstera Deliciosa DIY music label and blatant self promotion empire, chalk it up to the sorry state of the music business perhaps? Anyway, we’re back with good reason! We are very happy to finally announce the release of the long awaited new EP by Polyfox And The Union Of The Most Ghosts which is adorably titled Enchanted Broccoli Forest. Consisting of 5 classic Polyfox tracks, this marks the first officially released recordings of Polyfox as a live band with Nicholas French packing away the casio MT-40 and loop station, instead joined by Nathan Martin on bass and guitar, and Grant Hunter on drums. Only a blithering fool would turn their noses up at this good time fun music that will surely enrich your miserable lives!
One day we went to Arthive and recorded drums with Grant’s laptop, we saved the wav files and probably put them on a flash drive. Some time afterwards we took it to Nathan’s garage which is converted into a rehearsal room. The reheasal room had 2 doors, one of which is a roller door.
When we were all in the garage/rehearsal room we put the drum tracks onto nathans laptop by dragging and dropping them into a folder that we created specifically for the songs. We then proceeded to utilise a program called ‘pro tools’ to record the other parts of the songs all of which i had pre ‘written’ in my bedroom in Umina/Ettalong beach where I live with my parents. My mum is a hairdresser and my dad is a painter/decorater, I don’t know what Grant’s mum does and I’m not really sure what his stepdad does either. They live in Gatton QLD which Grant informs me is a town of people that are mostly part of a cult that worship deities and ostracise any woman that remains unmarried in her 20s. I dont know what Grant’s biological dad does. I dont know what Nathan’s dad’s job is but I know he is an extrememly nice man that surfs and that once made me spaghetti on toast among other things I can’t remember him making for me.
After we recorded the songs they sat on all of our hard drives and various cdrs for a long time. Evan from ‘Bare Grillz’ was interested in hearing the songs so I uploaded them to mediafire and he downloaded them and thanked me.
For a while we entertained the notion of putting out a 7 inch record with these songs, but then we decided that probably no one would want it besides 10 or 20 people at the most and those 10 or 20 were likely to not buy it because 7 inches can cost up to and above 10 dollars, which is more than I could anticipate people wanting to pay.
Thankyou to Matt from Lesstalk Records who was going to put out the 7 inch and im sure deep down he is thanking us for not weighing down his record label with unsold stock.
I’m not sure if nathans copy of the software ‘pro tools’ is legitimate or not but it sure did have a lot of pop up messages which Nathan declined to read before ok-ing them away. Sometimes there were so many of these pop up messages the program would refuse to load up.
The day we recorded the vocals was a good day, everyone was in a really good mood.
At some point when Matt was mixing the tracks on his copy of the software ‘pro tools’ he used two small brown speakers as monitors which Grant thought was outrageous. One day i went over to Matt’s place in Sydney because Grant was unhappy with the mixes of some of the songs and i thought the drums were too quiet so we turned the drums and the vocals right up and settled on that for the mixes.
The song ‘marriage’ is not really about actual marriage I didnt really have anything insightful to say about marriage.
The song ‘creature comforts’ is about how comfortable a lion must feel about the fact that it is a lion, although i dont really think the lyrics reflect this.
The song ‘wood birds’ is an assortment of words that may seem to have been written and added to the song for a reason but this isn’t the case, I couldn’t think of anything else. I took some advice that i should put lyrics in my songs.
I have often claimed that the song ‘coal’ is about my brothers, but this isn’t true, it could be interpreted as though that it is because one of my brothers works in the mines.
‘Hawaii’ though really is about a holiday that my brother and his wife went on to celebrate their honeymoon.
Available now from Monstera Deliciosa in a limited edition of 50 cassettes for $5 each plus shipping. Order HERE. All cassettes come with free digital download in 320k MP3, FLAC, OGG VORBIS, AAC, ALAC formats redeemable through bandcamp. A CDR version will be available through Lesstalk Records soon.
‘Sydney to Newcastle’ band-buds Sweet Teeth and Bare Grillz spent a weekend together in March of 2011 in the garage of Newcastle slacker-punks The Nugs. The “Sweet Grillz” split is the result.
Limited to 100 copies. Get it via the Forbidden Shopping label.
Simo Soo has a brand new LP out now through Lesstalk Records and it’s called Simo Soo LP. As you’d expect from Simo Soo, this one is loaded with punchy electronic beats, dorky samples, excessive handclaps, and high energy vocal yelps, raps and screeches. This is what the new Korn album would sound like if they weren’t such whining little bitches. I put it on at my dinner party and my guests went frickin’ wild.
If you’re not sold on this already, it also features guest contributions by Marcus and Travis from Collarbones and was recorded in various locations all over the world, so you’re really getting great production value. This would make a great addition to your itunes library. There’s an official album launch at Blackwire Records in Sydney on October 21, be there of be square.
N. Martin has released a solo EP of pop/lo-fi DIY introverted folk music. Recorded in the bathroom at Fay St Lake Munmorah one chilly weekend, this guy is renowned for penning and recording his music/ideas quickly so not to let them grow stale and irrelevant. N. Martin is the Lesstalk staple for great and interesting songwriting and releases (e.g. The (temperamental) Pocket, Crab Smasher, Skippy The Bush Kangaroo, Sweet Teeth) , and this EP is another release he can add to the quiver of radness. Offered only as a free digital release for you to download, then put on your iPod and listen to while catching public transport to work in the morning.
Simo Soo has a new single out from his new LP out next month on Lesstalk Records. It features Marcus Whale from Scissor Lock and Collarbones on guest vox, so you know it’s heaps good, plus there’s a Black Flag cover and some remixes too. It’s free!
The latest Polyfox And The Union Of The Most Ghosts CDR which is called The Garden Of Cracking Stockwhips and consists of unreleased material from the shelved split 12″ originally scheduled for release on Bedroom Suck. Thankfully it has finally been made available from another fantastic Brisbane label which is called Unique Beautiful Flowers and is run by Adam Rogers, who went to great lengths to save these lost songs from complete doom. You can also download or stream a digital copy from the Polyfox bandcamp site.
Here is what Nick French has to say about it.
This (album) was going to be released at some point last year as a split with the Harpy Choir (QLD) though due to various circumstances never happened.
It was recorded on a broken 4 track that was essentially a 3 track when I was attempting to use it.
Most of the tracks were recorded at my house in Umina except for ’50 years of pens’ which was recorded on my cousin’s piano in Brisbane and ‘Digital sunbeam’ which was recorded in Newcastle. The latter was more of an experiment in recording levels than a song and was never really intended to be included on the split. The Weather was also never really intended to be on the split and an older version appears on the ‘Paintbat flies into carrot fields’ collection. These songs will both be included here as ‘flesher-out-erers’ or indispensable additions to the character and fullness of this album.
Also worth mentioning is that if you are at all familiar with what Polyfox is doing now, you might be astonished to find that this sounds like some dude recorded it alone in his bedroom with his clothes all in loose piles and his CDs all in their wrong cases and not like the ‘rock’ band you saw at the Croat. This is because these recordings pre date the band and pretty much serve to give the listener an idea of what happened in between the dreamier/stoneder Polyfox of 2008 and the what it seems to be now. If you are unfamiliar with what Polyfox are doing now then you may disregard this paragraph completely.
One last thing: A label called ‘Unique Beautiful Flowers’ has put this out and have physical copies available for those interested in tangible items. It is ‘UBF007’