Cities On Flame
Little Big Chief Records LBCR-003
Massive two-header that upgrades a pair of killer sides from Australia’s sainted Breakdance The Dawn cabal, finally making vinyl editions available of some of the most supremely out rock/roll cut anywhere on the planet circa now: Girls Girls Girls is the amazing Brisbane based trio of Matt Earle of Craft Bandits/xNoBBQx etc on drums and electronics, Adam Park of Sprot on bass and Rohan Holiday of Kitten Party/Teen Sex on guitar. Together they play a radically dilated form of avant garage with creepy, minimal guitar lines over questing, brokedown bass and staggered rhythms. Some massively crankled motorik almost-grooves on this one, if you can imagine the Corwood recording that never came out on Flying Nun then you’re at least close but even more distressed, with single notes creeping along the fretboard like a narcoleptic Magic Band or early Royal Trux while the bass blows feedback at the drums and Earle falls down the stairs in slow motion. This is fractured avant blues at some kind of non-musicianly apex. As Matt Earle puts it: “together we are great like the gentlemen of Brisbane underground rock 'n' roll... there’s all these girl bands here at the moment and they’re all great but they won’t let us jam with them so we started our own.” Edition of only 250 copies in silkscreened sleeves, highly recommended!
X Wave take a more martial approach to punk/rock, coming over like The Afflicted Man playing Spacemen 3’s “Losing Touch With My Mind” while making with massively thuggish/F/X drenched jams that give the nod to Japan’s Minor scene (Rotting Telepathies/Gasaneta et al) while they attempt to rip “Teenage Kicks” from the hands of The Undertones with nothing but a buncha wrong notes. Indeed, this feels closer to the original breakout rock/roll urge than any generic pretender, freaking with it in an intuitive high-energy style that has few parallels. If your idea of ‘the canon’ has more to do with Harry Pussy, Arthur Doyle, The Shaggs and Mars than some longhair weeping into his soundhole then this is where you plug in. Breakdance The Dawn has been the secret underground rock label of the past goddamn decade and it’s only now that the rest of the world is catching up. So don’t be a goddamn dweeb: this is rock ‘n’ roll. Edition of only 250 copies in silkscreened sleeves, highly recommended!