Refedex - The Top Of Off

The de­but EP by Brisbane's Refedex is a heavy steam­roller of dark noise rock, sludge and post punk that's of­ten rather slow and at­mos­pher­ic with­out ever get­ting te­dious or los­ing its ir­re­sistible groove. Al­though their over­all vibe sounds ul­tra-clas­sic to me, i'm hav­ing trou­ble pin­point­ing ex­act­ly where i've heard this kind of thing be­fore as their sound kin­da tran­scends the usu­al genre bound­aries, among oth­er things in­cor­po­rat­ing the kind of dark amer­i­cana blues & coun­try vibes you might ex­pect from an 80's Sci­en­tists record or more re­cent­ly from US post punk group Bam­bara, while on the more clas­sic noise rock side of things, you might draw com­par­isons to con­tem­po­rary Bands like Al­pha Strat­e­gy, Lug­gage, Heads or Trop­i­cal Trash. You might al­so find a bit of Cows, U-men or Scratch Acid in there, each of them spun on half-speed. What­ev­er you wan­na call it, this is first rate shit!

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Tunic - Quitter

An­oth­er Tu­nic record, an­oth­er ver­i­ta­ble kick in the teeth. Af­ter their re­cent com­pi­la­tion LP Ex­hal­ing, col­lect­ing their pre­vi­ous sin­gles & EPs, their sec­ond "re­al" al­bum pret­ty much con­tin­ues where they left off with those, while on­ly very cau­tious­ly ex­pand­ing their son­ic vo­cab­u­lary. At times this can feel a bit repet­i­tive to the point where you catch your­self won­der­ing: "Haven't i al­ready heard that song just a minute ago?" That's a mi­nor nit­pick though. As long as these dudes con­tin­ue to wield their noise­mak­ing pow­er­tools with such de­ter­mi­na­tion and raw, over­whelm­ing force, that's more than enough for me.

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The Cowboy - Riddles From The Universe

Cleve­land punks The Cow­boy have yet to re­lease a record that doesn't to­tal­ly rip and their third LP won't dis­s­a­point ei­ther with their sound feel­ing per­fect­ly worn in and at this point, i'd say they've es­tab­lished their very own, in­stant­ly rec­og­niz­able mi­cro-niche on the in­ter­sec­tion of propul­sive garage punk and abra­sive noise rock while still break­ing things up enough to keep shit in­ter­est­ing.

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John (timestwo) - Nocturnal Manoeuvres

The Lon­don postcore/​noise rock duo once again con­vinces by way of sheer force cou­pled with un­err­ing pre­ci­sion, every sin­gle det­o­na­tion on their sec­ond LP us­ing a rather min­i­mal­is­tic recipe in the most fo­cused way pos­si­ble to achieve max­i­mum dam­age. Don't miss this spec­ta­cle if groups like Tu­nic, Death Ped­als, USA Nails or Metz are your thing.

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Rider/​Horse - Select Trials

Not too long af­ter the re­cent Dur­ing 7" on Chun­klet In­dus­tries (a full length of that group should be ex­pect­ed drop soon) we al­ready get to hear an­oth­er group fea­tur­ing Spray Paint vo­cal­ist and gui­tar play­er Cory Plump. As Rider/​Horse he's team­ing up with a dude named Chris who has in some un­spec­i­fied ca­pac­i­ty worked with the likes of Les Savy Fav and Trans Am. To­geth­er they're cre­at­ing a sound that's tak­ing the more elec­tri­cal­ly dri­ven vibe of the most re­cent Spray Paint re­leas­es in­to a dark and hazy, heav­i­ly in­dus­tri­al-lean­ing psy­che­del­ic night­mare kind of realm some­what rem­i­nis­cent of Ex­haus­tion, Haunt­ed Hors­es or Danyl Je­su, as well as the dub-in­fused sound­scapes of Ex­ek, with whom they al­so share that cer­tain taste of Swell Maps.

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Big Bopper - New Mutations

Doesn't look like these tex­ans are gonna run out of tunes any­time soon, hav­ing just cranked out their sec­ond al­bum over the course of just a few months. Thank­ful­ly the mix is a bit less tin­ni­tus-in­duc­ing this time while the new songs seam­less­ly con­tin­ue the won­der­ful chaos Big Bop­per es­tab­lished eari­er this year, made up of post- and garage punk, noise- and math rock el­e­ments rough­ly in the vein of Pat­ti, Rolex, Cutie, Mys­tic Inane or Brandy, plus some traces of ear­ly Min­ute­men.

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Elephant Rifle - Satryasis

Fol­low­ing their 2018 al­bum Hunk, which some­how didn't re­al­ly click with me, the Reno, Neva­da group's newest EP man­ages to hit all the right spots this time while nev­er re­peat­ing it­self, cov­er­ing a son­ic range span­ning from old­school Am­Rep- and Touch & Go-style noise rock, hard­core punk rem­i­nis­cent of ear­ly Die Kreuzen and in its clos­ing track, some Dri­ve Like Je­hu-es­que Post­core.

Deck In The Pit - In A Lane

Some weird-ass shit, this archival re­lease con­tain­ing the com­plete record­ings, made in or around 2016, of a short-lived Bris­bane group… and of course it doesn't take a fuck­ing ge­nius to fig­ure out this is yet an­oth­er project re­volv­ing around ec­cen­tric avant-garde gui­tar tor­tur­er Glen Schenau of Kitchen's floor, plus two oth­er dudes who played in Syd­ney 2000 and Piss Pain re­spec­tive­ly. It might be their in­volve­ment ren­der­ing this stuff al­most ap­proach­able for a Schenau-re­lat­ed ar­ti­fact, al­though by ap­proach­able i mean: No more ap­proach­able than, say, ear­ly The Fall or Mem­branes records are ap­proach­able. If that sounds ap­proach­able to you, then this will too!

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Fashion Pimps & The Glamazons - Fashion Pimps & The Glamazons

A Cleve­land, Ohio group presents a rough and dis­so­nant mix of noise rock and post punk with a sharp garage edge on their first EP which, in the cur­rent mu­sic land­scape, po­si­tions them rough­ly in­be­tween such Groups as The Cow­boy, Spray Paint, Flat Worms and Plax, at times sup­ple­ment­ed with a cer­tain Flip­per vibe.

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Big Bopper - Introducing Big Bopper

Phew… this thing must've been mixed/​mastered by a deaf per­son. I'm pret­ty much used to all kinds of son­ic ex­tremes by now but this must be the first time ever that i can't bear lis­ten­ing to a thing with­out at least ap­ply­ing some heavy EQ. Maybe the ac­tu­al cas­sette re­lease is less painful to lis­ten to though…

Oth­er­wise this thing kicks butt with un­err­ing pre­ci­sion. Don't know how i man­aged to over­look this so far but some­how stu­pid me need­ed an­oth­er re­minder in the form of a (dig­i­tal on­ly?) reis­sue on Good­bye Boozy to fi­nal­ly no­tice its qual­i­ties. These tex­ans play some pret­ty wild and un­pre­dictable amal­ga­ma­tion of post- and garage punk, noise rock and post­core which you might, at dif­fer­ent points, com­pare to groups like Pat­ti, Cutie, Rolex, Mys­tic Inane or Brandy.

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