New Weird Australia – We Are After All Here

New Weird Australia, We Are After All Here, NWA008

1. CAMRYN ROTHENBURY, Racing Across The Void (3:37) from Patina (Grave New World)
2. THE CARNAGE VISORS, Ledge (3:15) from Wailing Walls EP (self-released)
3. RITES WILD, Rites Wild Theme (4:12) from Ill Health & Rites Wild Theme Cassingle (Faux Friends)
4. STITCHED VISION, Healing Pattern (5:38) previously unreleased
5. GUERRE, Travellers Home Blues (2:41) previously unreleased
6. NO ZU, Horoscope (7:02) from New Age EP (New Editions)
7. STRANGE FORCES, Soul Window (6:04) from forthcoming debut EP
8. COLOURS, I’ve Watched You Suffer (6:22) from s/t EP (Free Loving Anarchists)
9. JAVIER FRISCO, Mad Flutes of Strange Incensed Lands (Excerpt) (6:18) from Opiate Southern Gardens of Orchids C60/CD-r (Emerald Cabal)
10. PANEYE, Misery Portholes (2:30) from Lost In A Dark Aquarium (New Editions)
11. YOLKE, Sunrise Eyes / Western Star (7:32) from Poppy Wash EP (Fallopian Tunes)
12. MARK BARRAGE, Rubicon Drive (2:32) from Rubicon Drive EP (self-released)
13. ANDREW SINCLAIR, Ritual Beat / Stolen Drums (5:30) previously unreleased
14. DESFONTANE, Cannibal Cod (3:56) previously unreleased
15. MUNDARING WEIRD, So Hard (6:00) from So Hard (Grave New World)
16. ORBITS, Feel Burn It (3:39) previously unreleased
17. EDWIN MONTGOMERY, Alone In The Museum (2:17) from Travel Ideas (Lesstalk Records)

Compiled by Stuart Buchanan.
Artwork by Camryn Rothenbury,

All music donated by the artists for use in this compilation only, all rights reserved.

Sleeve Notes, February 2011:

Last year, we shifted the focus of the New Weird Australia compilation series away from a free-for-all approach to something that would have a sharper curatorial focus. Something you could put handles around (so to speak).  Something you could clearly identify as “a compilation about X or Y or Z”. “We Are After All Here”, volume eight in our compilation series, does have a theme and identity of sorts, but defining it becomes increasingly problematic. Let me explain:

Throughout 2009 and 2010, we were listening to a heap of bands and artists that were clearly starting to coalesce into some form of vague and abstract grouping. Either through sound, technique, image, a reverence for the past, or just a common, skewed take on a hauntalogical notion, there was a broad church emerging that would count these artists among their flock.

Fortunately, no one dared to define it. If you speak of the devil, he’s sure to appear, thus keeping quiet and refusing to conform to definition worked well for all concerned. Having no such definition, and thus having artists co-opted or excluded based solely on the whims of the individual listener, was the perfect scenario.

But, of course, someone had to define it, and in doing so, they killed it. Hipster Runoff dropped ‘chillwave’, The Wire started talking about ‘hypnogogic pop’.  Then followed glo-fi, witch house, drag, screw gaze and so on and so on. (Our favourite remains ‘crunk shoegaze’ – meaningless, yet somehow quite endearing).

The list of artists lumped together under these various microgenres was often contradictory and bafflingly random – they were subsumed to the will of the writer, desperate to force round pegs into square holes. And once this grouping was anointed with such dubious definitions, the scrutiny began – spotlights were shone in all manner of places, and backlashes naturally came thereafter. The edifice soon crumbled.

We, on the other hand, are (after all) here – ‘down under’ – doing our own thing, far removed from such recklessness. We have our own obliquely connected and amoebic group of similar artists, remaining unaffected by trend, hype or weak stylistic interpretation. And it is to this group that we turn for this compilation. If, by virtue of their geography, they had birthed their projects in North America, they might well have all been raped and pillaged by now – raked over the blogeratti coals for their part in an ill-defined ‘scene’.

Although our upside-down location can often be a curse, in this case it’s a blessing – all these artists survived unscathed, their mission no more or less impossible, living another day to ‘fight the good fight’. And we shall leave this group unnamed, for all our sakes. Suffice to say, it’s another new, weird slice through the unsung underground of abnormal Australian music.

Postscript: At the time that this compilation was looking for its own defining title, we were saddened to hear of the passing of Trish Keenan from Broadcast.  As a band that pursued its own unique investigation of such territory and no doubt inspired many of these artists in whole or in part, we chose to draw on a highly pertinent track title from their 2009 release ‘Broadcast And The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults Of The Radio Age’.  And it is to Trish that this release is respectfully dedicated.

New Weird Australia is a not-for-profit initiative designed to promote and support new eclectic and experimental Australian music. Our current projects include a series of artist releases on our ‘New Editions’ label, a free download compilation series, a weekly show on Sydney’s FBi Radio and an irregular program of live events. Contributions from Australian artists are welcomed and encouraged.

Summer Vibes Festival



Circle Pit, Absolute Boys, Per Purpose, Danger Beach, Cured Pink, Teen Ax, The Paul Kidney Experience, Love Parade, None Music, Cistern Corrupt, Unfit For Human Consumption, Thee Oh Sees, Straight Arrows, Kitchen’s Floor, Kirin J Callinan, Total Control, Bare Grillz, Horse Macgyver, Alps, Stitched Vision, Assassins 88, In The Dollhouse, The Nugs, Paul Heslin, Polyfox And The Union Of The Most Ghosts.


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Unpopular Music 2010

New Weird Australia presents:
Unpopular Music 2010, A Benefit for FBi Radio
Where: Red Rattler, 6 Faversham Street, Marrickville, NSW
When: Friday 3rd December 2010, Doors 7:30pm
Who: Scattered Order, Tantrums, Scissor Lock vs Cleptoclectics, Melodie Nelson, Stitched Vision, Mere Women
How Much: $12

New Weird Australia presents the second annual Unpopular Music event, a benefit for Sydney’s FBi Radio.  Since July 2009, the not-for-profit station has supported the New Weird Australia project by broadcasting its two-hour show every week.  Via this platform, New Weird Australia has given exposure to over 400 innovative and experimental artists from around the country, and Unpopular Music represents the chance to give something back.  All of the artists are donating their time, with all proceeds going directly to FBi, helping to ensure the ongoing survival of Sydney’s home of new music.

The six-act line-up is headlined by Scattered Order, one of the most unique players in the history of Sydney’s experimental and electronic music scene – founders of the M Squared record label in 1970s, a home for artists such as Systematics and Makers of the Dead Travel Fast, and a beacon for emerging underground artists around the country.  Reforming their original line-up in 2009, Scattered Order play ‘Unpopular Music’ in support of their new album, ‘Adjust The Terminology’.

The bill also includes:
Tantrums – four-piece midi-evil disco outfit from Melbourne, whose debut release ‘Anomie’ is soon to be released via New Weird Australia’s label imprint, New Editions
Scissor Lock vs Cleptoclectics – two of Sydney’s best known experimental electronic producers going head-to-head for the first time at Unpopular Music
Melodie NelsonMoonmilk’s Lia Tsamoglou in warped, alt.pop mode
Stitched Vision – solo synth / noise / drone project from Newcastle’s Jason Campbell, founder of cassette-label Eternal Solitude
Mere Women – dark, minimalistic pop & post punk from recently formed Sydney trio, who previous projects include Ohana, Little A, The Thaw & Bare Arms

FBi Radio is a not-for-profit community radio station and is 100% independent  It relies on the generosity of its supporters to keep it on air and to thus maintain its support of innovative local music. Help support the cause by supporting Unpopular Music.


Spring Break Festival set times

Spring Break Festival today at Croatian Wickham Sports Club, Albert Street Wickham. Entry is $10. Don’t miss out, look at this rad lineup!

2:00 Troopin’ Kerry Alpacas
2:30 Honest Thieves
3:00 Holographic Coccoon
3:30 Mushroom Family
4:00 Alps
4:30 FK Sampler
5:00 Stitched Vision
5:30 Hopes
6:00 Wirehead
6:30 Polyfox and the union of the most ghosts
7:00 Casiogloria
7:30 Spew Ya Guts Up
8:00 Cock Safari
8:30 Phobiac
9:00 Cistern Corrupt
9:30 Crab Smasher
10:00 A Dire Dawn
10:30 In the Dollhouse
11:00 Teen Ax
11:30 Bare Grillz
12:00 DJ MTTNS

Spring Break Festival!! Croatian Club Fundraiser

There’s a massive all day music festival coming up at Newcastle’s most accomodating and friendly venue, the Croatian Wickham Sports Club. The club has long been the unofficial home of new weird Newcastle sounds, and has sometimes struggled to make ends meet. In order to make a bit of money back and say thanks to Pavo, 20 of Newcastle’s raddest groups are getting together for the first ever Spring Break!! Festival.

The lineup includes  Bare Grillz, In The Dollhouse, Crab Smasher, Alps, Hopes, CasioGloria, Teen Ax, A Dire Dawn, Stitched Vision, Polyfox And The Union Of The Most Ghosts, Cock Safari, Fk Sampler, Spew Ya Guts Up, Holographic Cocoon, Phobiac, Troopin’ Kerry Alpacas, Cistern Corrupt, Honest Thieves, Wirehead, Mushroom Family, and special guest DJ MTTNS.

Plus market stalls, games of bowls, bocci and giant chess, raffle to win hundreds of dollars worth of CDs, records and tapes, cheapest drinks around, and all day pizza oven firing up slices for $2 and whole pizzas for $5!

Tickets are $10 at the door or $20 for families.
All proceeds to the Croatian Club.

From 2pm Sept 11
Croatian Wickham Sports Club
Albert Street Wickham

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Anekāntavāda & Heil Spirits tour

Heil Spirits from Lismore and Anekāntavāda from Melbourne are teaming up for a series of shows up the coast, pounding your ears and winning your hearts.

August 18
Browning St. Studios, Brisbane
w/ Die On Planes, Cured Pink, Ambrose Chapel

August 19
Keen St. Warehouse, Lismore
w/ Dracopede, Prof. Blix

August 20
Vox Cyclops, Newcastle
w/ Cistern Corrupt, Stitched Vision

August 21
Black Wire, Sydney
w/ The Warm Feelings, UN, Festive Jackyls

ALPS national tour with Zack Kouns

Probably the last ALPS tour for the year has just commenced, with a free show taking place tonight at Newcastle’s Croatian Wickham Sports Club. All shows on the tour will also feature Zack Kouns from USA. The new ALPS EP Cycles is out now.

July 22
Brisbane -Step Inn
w/ Scraps & Scruples – $5

July 23
Newcastle – Croatian Club, Albert St Wickham
w/ Stitched Vision & Troopin’ Kerry Alpacas – Free

July 24
Sydney – Serial Space – 33 Wellington St, Chippendale
w/ The Singing Skies & Chris Petro – $10

July 27
Melbourne – Make it Up Club – Bar Open –
collab set Zack Kouns & Chris Hearn

July 28
Hobart – The Alley Cat, 381 Elizabeth St, North Hobart
w/ Drunk Elk – Free

July 29
Melbourne – Sunshine & Grease, 9 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill
w/ Brain Cartridge Load Error – $8

July 30
Adelaide – The Exeter, Rundle St
w/ S. Wilson – Free

July 31
Canberra – Smiths Alternative Books, 76 Alinga St, City
w/ Brother Gozu and Cat Cat – $5