Daily Archives: April 18, 2013
New Gods are the Australian super group of the moment, comprised of Little Red's lead songwriter Dominic Byrne and guitarist Adrian Beltrame, with Richard Bradbeer of Eagle and the Worm on bass, Dale Packard from Ground Components on keys, and Sam Raines on drums.
‘Klipse’ with its ethereal vocals and smooth Fleetwood Mac-esque vocals and ’70 Hours’ surf-inspired, psychedelic bursts shows new strength to Byrne’s songwriting ability. The track sits right next to band’s first single from the EP, ‘On Your Side’, which has over 48,000 views on YouTube.
The video was directed by Lucy McCallum of Twelfth House Films, who calls the video “a tongue-in-cheek montage about the psychology of modern capitalism”; she created the video by reinterpreting archival promotional videos about 1960's Detroit to create a kind of intense Orwellian stoner video. Her vision was to “mimic the way that New Gods have reinterpreted auto tune and placed it in the setting of a strange lamenting RnB pop song with a bizarre 80's hook and the unnerving intimacy of Ariel Pink-style bedroom-recorded vocals.”
The New God’s next video installment will be hitting your computer screens soon and it’s going to be an extra special one; Byrne’s personal favorite on the EP, the final track ‘Skipping Stones’ – stay tuned!
New Gods are currently on tour in Australia, including three dates supporting Local Natives:
Tuesday 7 May - The Workers Club, Melbourne
Tuesday 14 May - The Workers Club, Melbourne
Wednesday 15 May - Metro Theatre, Sydney (with Local Natives)
Saturday 18 May - Forum Theatre, Melbourne (with Local Natives)
Sunday 19 May - The Zoo, Brisbane (with Local Natives)
Tuesday 21 May - The Workers Club, Melbourne
Tuesday 28 May - The Workers Club, Melbourne
Stepping back from the strictures of pop music, Boeldt was once again free, with only an allegiance to his creative muses. “This record is about taking away any restrictive guidelines to the way I play or compose,” Boeldt says. “It's about isolation, confusion, doubt, growing up, growing out, losing control.” Despite the lack of deliberate confines on the music, there is still a feeling of control to these tracks. The music came into existence freely, but has found order.
In today’s digital age, when so many try to find definition with online tools and seek identity in downloadable content, it’s nice to know that Adventure has it figured out with Weird Work. “This record is about recognizing myself again,” Boeldt says. “This record is about realizing who I am as a musician, and what I sound like. For better or for worse.”
Wow, this is a whole world I never knew about. I really need to take a poothgraphy class… Checked out the Olloclip. That is so cool! Now I want a new iPhone! (I have a 3Gs).
Iron Maiden's heavy metal classic "Hallowed Be Thy Name" by legendarny industrial troops ABORYM, can be streamed here:
The band has also unveiled the second video teaser for"Dirty". It's streaming at:
*The first video teaser for dirty can be streamed here:
*The first revealed song from the new album can be stream here:
ABORYM started life as a covers band and went through several transformations, eventually pioneering what the band calls hard-industrial-electro extreme metal. Today’s line up consists of Italians Fabban on vocals, bass and Synths and Paolo Pieri (Hour Of Penance) on guitars, keyboards and programming, together with Norway’s Bard “Faust” Eithun (Blood Tsunami, Mongo Ninja, ex-Emperor) on drums.
"Dirty" was recorded at the Fear No One Studios in Italy with Emiliano Natali, reprising his Sound Engineers role from the band’s "Psychogrotesque" album, and it is helmed by Marc Urselli of New York’s Eastside Sound Studio who has worked with the likes of Mike Patton and Lou Reed. The electronic part of the album is engineered by D. Loop (Kebabtraume, Limbo). R.G. Narchost (Stormcrow, Demon's Shade, Drowning Ashes) created "The Spiral shaped chamber" custom sounds library for the band. Artwork for the album is by ABORYM’s Fabban.
With "Dirty" being the band’s first release since 2010’s "Psychogrotesque", all three musicians have something to say about it:
Guitarist Paolo Pieri commented: "This is definitely the most schizoid and experimental ABORYM work so far. This time we focused on pushing the boundaries of electronic music one step forward while retaining the ruthless brutality of extreme metal in a way totally ahead of the times".
Drummer Bard “Faust” Eithun added:“This time around ABORYM push everything further; the electronic and industrial elements have never been so present. Rest assured, no matter how sick, twisted and beyond everything it sounds, it is still ABORYM.”
The last word falls to founder Fabban: “I believe that "Dirty" represents the best material ever written by ABORYM from 1992 until today. Given that it wasn’t that easy to go beyond an album such as "Psychogrotesque", I strongly believe that this time we did exceed every limit and every concept of experimentation - manipulating all the clichès of extreme metal, industrial or electronic music and pushing together elements that are so far away from each other. As a result, we achieved something really innovative, powerful, refined and of a really high standard. The quality of sounds, the nuances, the details passing through the recording quality; the quality of the machines that we used and abused, the quality of the lyrics, the artwork and the performances of each of us and of all the people who have worked with us, are definitely all at the top. "Dirty" is a record that simply expands the range of our listeners, it’s an album that everyone can enjoy and really appreciate. I am personally very excited and, at the same time, really proud of what you’ll soon be able to listen to. We worked so hard for the past two years on this double album that we have no words to really explain how excited we are to finally see it released. It’s an album that will further change the history of extreme music. Of that I have no doubt.”
Track listing on "Dirty" as follows:
Across the Universe
Raped by Daddy
I don’t Know
The Factory of Death
Helter Skelter Youth
Face the Reptile
The Day the Sun Stopped Shining
Fire Walk With Us (new version originally released on “Fire Walk With Us”)
Roma Divina Urbs (new version originally released on “Kali Yuga Bizarre”)
Hallowed Be Thy Name (Iron Maiden Cover)
Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd Cover)
Hurt (Nine Inch Nails Cover)
Need for limited loss (new track)
Remember when “Indie Rock is Too White” was a thing? I try not to. Nor do I try to think much about the opposite discussion, how dare those white indie kids take inspiration from non-white music. Yes, they contradict each other and yet, internet people who considered themselves to be subject matter experts got caught up in both of these debates.
Still, those two internet discussions found their way to the top of my mind when I came across the new video for “Better” by Toronto industrial-punks Odonis Odonis. All it took was one listen to the funky bass line which drives “Better,” and the sudden realization that, “Well damnit, why don’t more bands look beyond the usual suspects for inspiration?” and I got hooked. For “Better” is not only better than the majority of punk jams released today, it’s a near perfect mashing of a sly groove and crashing sound effects. If only it ran for more than two minutes. Because, really, that’s hardly enough time to groove.