Crab Smasher – SCUM PUZZLE

promoo copy

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.

 

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N. Martin – Clean & Jerk


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.

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Crab Smasher review in Negative Guest List Zine

There’s a review of Crab Smasher‘s Thick Mosquito Sky cassette in issue seventeen of the Negative Guest List zine which comes out of Brisbane and is the best music publication ever.

Since their formation as a solely noise/drone duo in 2002, Crab
Smasher have released a bucket bong full of tapes and CD-R’s. In the
last few years their membership has swelled to include two more
characters, evolving into a band that sounds like they play songs.
Real songs. The improvised recordings on offer here chiefly combine
elements of psych and pop, while still maintaining their familiar
noisy approach. Thick Mosquito Sky lurches into life with the densely
layered “The Dancing Girl And The Burning Town”, before breaking into
the great, almost J Div sounding, post-punk jam, “Europa”.  Much of
the second side of Thick Mosquito Sky approaches the same kind of
space-cadet rock that Blank Realm have been leaking out for the last
coupla years. The tracks move from detached ambience into shambolic,
blown-out rock before the side concludes.

This is the best release I’ve heard from Crab Smasher so far, apart
from 2007’s Impossible Monsters 3” (recently re-released). This is
recommended for fans of all things New, Weird and Australian.
-c.b

Cassettes and downloads still available here.

Spring Break in March @ The Croatian Club

Wednesday nights at The Croatian Wickham Sports Club in Newcastle have got even better, look at this awesome lineup of bands playing free Spring Break! shows this month at the best venue in Newcastle. All shows start from 9m, are free entry, and will also feature rubbish DJs.

Starting tonight March 2nd we have The Nugs, and Sweet Teeth. I haven’t seen The Nugs but think Sweet Teeth are really rad. Here’s the official word on the subject.

The Nugs are a bunch of stoners that make the best 60’s garage/70’s punk influenced rock around, and Sweet Teeth are a pop band made up of members of the temperamental pocket, crab smasher, origami girls, etc.

Next week Bat Yoghurt and Troopin’ Kerry Alpacas will have you dancing. I saw Bat Yoghurt live at ARThive for the first time the other night. They’re really awesome.

Join ex Athol math-genius A. Browning’s solo project for the best part of a decade and now full fleshed out three-piece band playing tunes reminiscent of Arab on Radar, Lightning Bolt, Get Hustle and Bad Brains, along with Robert from Bare Grillz’ drums, looping and guitar fucked-pop solo efforts as Troopin’ Kerry Alpacas. Can I borrow a feeling?

The Following Week March 16 is Mere Women and Lenin Lennon. Mere Women are really good eh?

Sydney’s Mere Women are a three piece made up of members of Ohana, The Thaw and Little A… and sound pretty much exactly what you’d expect from a pairing like that. Brooding, slicing guitar riffs, ambient synth interludes and emphatic vocals, bits of math and tribal rhythms… joined by Lenin Lennon, (members of Bare Grillz, Joe Pesci, Honest Thieves), who do a rumbley version of 90’s ebullition/dischord style punk

Then on March 23 there is Unity Floors and Polyfox And The Union Of The Most Ghosts. What a cool show!

Total wet-dream of a show. When Unity Floors popped up out of Sydney everyone pretty much breathed a sigh of relief. There’s been a massive void there waiting to be filled by a good 90’s-ish Dinosaur Jr/Archers of Loaf/Sebadoh/Pavement/Flying Nun-esque band. We’re stoked to present their first show in Newcastle, and to be pairing them with Crab Smasher’s Nick French in his Polyfox mode, playing the best indie pop to come out of Newcastle (cough… umina), well, ever. For fans of The Go Betweens and Flying Nun bands, yeah?

 

Finally on March 30 we have Collarbones and Scalps. You’ve probably heard about Collarbones already on blogs that are much more cool and hip than this one will ever be, or even heard their sweet glitchy R&B jamz on Triple J if you can bring yourself to listen to the radio. Anyway they’re super neat. Scalps is always pretty good too. I think I have an extra copy of the long out-of-print Scalps NNUUMMBBEERR22 release if anybody wants it. It will have to go at a premium price mind you.

Collarbones started as an internet collab between Marcus Whale in Sydney and Travis Cook in Adelaide. Their dense, spacey, dancey, r+b influenced fuzzed out jams might be chillwave? Fuck. Anyway, people gave a shit, for instance folks like Pitchfork and Rose Quartz, which may or may not have played a part in influencing these two make the effort to fly halfway across the country to play shows together a few times a year. Yeah? They were here for Sound Summit/TINA last year, but don’t feel spoiled and skip this one, it’s a special treat probably not to be repeated soon. Also a treat, perhaps, Chris “Alps” Hearn’s minimal tech/improv fucked dance music side project “Scalps” will be giving a rare performance… Scalps has been around as long as Alps (six years?) but perhaps only played live about five times. The third Scalps release is out now on Jase Campbell’s Estapes label and if you ask him nicely he might hook you up with one of the last copies of the pressing.

 

Sweet Teeth – Randy Irons

Nathan Martin is in Anal Discharge, Crab Smasher, Polyfox And The Union Of The Most Ghosts, Skippy The Bush Kangaroo, Tearjerker, Good For Nothing, and The (Temperamental) Pocket. David Smith is in Skippy The Bush Kangaroo, The (temperamental) Pocket, and Handsome. Marnie Vaughn is in Crab Smasher, Origami Girls, and Skoll Hops. Together; Nathan, David, and Marnie have a new band called Sweet Teeth. Here is a video of them playing live at Spring Break! at The Croatian Wickham Sports Club, Newcastle.