Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Various Artists
Breakdancing The Dawn

Rhizome RHCD-31

CD-R
£8.99


Excellent compilation that covers alla the main action coming out of the great Australian underground imprint Breakdance The Dawn, most associated with XNoBBQX. Compiled by Jon Dale. Features Yr Intestines, Mac Tempel, Mosweintraub Band, XNoBBQX, Stasis Duo, The Minerals, DJ White Pimpernell, James Heighway, Nylstoch, The White Petunias, Impromptulons, Muura, Seventh Sister, Antipan, Tofutron and X Wave.

Hakisou
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Black Petal No Cat

Zine + Lithograph Art Print
£6.99


Limited edition fanzine produced by Black Petal and A Binary Datum featuring art by Joshua Burkett, Matt Earle (Breakdance The Dawn/Craft Bandits/xNoBBQx et al) and Daniel Lebow, photos by Daniel Lebow, photos by Clint Morgan, poetry by Ian-John Hutchinson, a review of the Japanesse curry house run by Pirako and Kageo of Suishou No Fune (!), an interview with Tetuzi Akiyama, a short story by Jienko Kurosato and a review of Takahiro Hirama’s ‘Thr Eat Rhy Thm’ CD-R. Packaged in the usual exquisite Black Petal style, handbound with string with an obi strip and fold-out pages. Each copy comes with an original A4 lithograph by Joshua Burkett. 

Rainbow Conez
Live At Shibuya Echo

Black Petal #39

CD-R
£8.99


More supremely disobedient a-formal destructo rock from the sainted Breakdance The Dawn cabal, this time it's Antipan minus one member, hence the name-change. Here we have Matt Earle (Breakdance/Muura/Craft Bandits/you name it) on guitar, Anthony Guerra (Black Petal et al) on drums and Nick Dan on bass and vocals. Recorded live at Echo in Shibuya, Tokyo in 2010 by Earle, this may be the wildest side of Antipan music to date with a bass that sounds like a huge electrified rubber band, a guitar that combines crude single-note Blues stomps with cranky Rudolph Grey-isms and drums that mix the detonating style of Rashied Ali with the caveman ugh of yr favourite pluke. Tracks are held together with the flimsiest of refusenik logic, with Guerra keeping it martial even when the strings are expiring in gasps of tortuous feedback. Think early Royal Trux via The Shaggs via Kito Mizukumi Rouber and spin it next to your favourite 'punk' 7 for an eye-opening lesson in total musical freedom. Impossibly great, with the usual beautiful packaging from Black Petal. 

 

X Wave
Cities On Flame

Little Big Chief Records LBCR-003

LP
£14.99


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!

Club Sound Witches
s/t

Breakdance The Dawn BDTD-155

CD-R
£7.99


New primitive ‘techno’ outfit from Matt Earle (Breakdance/Craft Bandits/xNoBBQx et al) and Nicola Morton (Wardenburger): minimalist throbbing electro-threat in the tradition of Vanity Records, Two Daughters, John Fothergill’s United Dairies of-shoot etc with automatic/modulated female vocals over druggy keyboard feedback and waves of lapping electricity: “our synth and drum machines were under water for three days in the Brisbane floods, they were given to us to prevent us from self harming. It gave them a unique sound. Wet, dirty and about to set the building on fire.” – Matt Earle. Another singular Breakdance release. 

Club Sound Witches
s/t

Breakdance The Dawn BDTD-185

CD-R
£6.99


New jams from this ‘primitive techno’ unit featuring Matt Earle of Craft Bandits and Nicola Morton of Bad Intentions et al: wild, low-level electro tectonics that combine the spluttering hands-on appeal of the more tape-damaged end of the Blood Stereo/Prick Decay axis combined with homemade experiments in dub using wonky circuitry and soldering irons. Imagine a chopped and screwed series of early Atari game soundtracks manhandled with alla the shortwave violence of a Voice Crack w/occasional FM Ferarro-isms and you are some of the way there. More profoundly out haunted drone/percussion hypnotics from two of the deepest thinking ton scientists on the Australian underground. Recommended.  

Galah Galah Galah
s/t

Breakdance The Dawn BDTD-192

CD-R
£6.99


Major new jams from the world-beating trio of Anthony Guerra (Love Chants/Black Petal et al), Patrick O’Brien (Mad Nanna) and Nick Dan (xNoBBQx): this is an amazing side of complete guitar deconstruction with what sounds at points like Mad Nanna play Jimi’s “Star Spangled Banner”. Pat and Michael from Mad Nanna have arguably done as much to reconstruct contemporary guitar think as Bill Orcutt or Jandek and here the players combine wonked single note solos that are totally non-exegetic with an overall dynamic that is classic all-soloing rock/roll blare, birthing the kinda hybrid that wails and sulks, that staggers all over the place tonally while providing the kind of devastatingly stupe string burn of your favourite acid casualties. A stunning modern guitar record, more please!

RASheed
s/t

Breakdance The Dawn BDTD-194

CD-R
£6.99


“Cool sidestep militant boogie jams” the label sez, and they ain’t wrong: Rasheed play what sounds like The Velvet Underground’s “Guess I’m Fallin’ In Love” as stomping monochord boogie, dredging Hooker N Heat style scorch for maximum power chord friction and positing the eternal riff as the keys to the goddamn kingdom. Think the whole Numbers Band/Sweet Kelley/Jessie Mae Hemphill continuum re-thunk w/post-BDTD aesthetics and set the controls for the heart of the jam.

Mark Sadgrove/Anthony Guerra
Iron Sand

Black Petal/A Binary Datum /

CD
£7.99


“Mark Sadgrove and Anthony Guerra are a pair of Australasian transplants currently based in Tokyo, Japan. Iron Sand is a series of electric guitar duets illuminated with harp, electronics, vocals and acoustic strings. Both players work minimal repeating shapes into nagging, emotionally insistent cells of smudged tone that re-visit the same territories again and again, as if to force a gentle confession of significance from the same two or three staggered notes. And it works. There’s something of Loren Connors’ foggy, late night style to the sound of the guitars, with washes of silver strings and solitary single notes left suspended in space. But whereas Connors uses variously amplified techniques in order to access the kind of highly-articulate zone where music and speech blur into one, Sadgrove and Guerra opt for re-statements of the most simplistic musical phonetics in order to access hypnagogic states. This is a magical, delicate recording, where minimal guitar lines interact with roaring analogue silence to create a music that somehow manages to combine stark, auraless playing with a deep, psychedelic atmosphere.” – David Keenan/The Wire.

Matthew Nidek & Anthony Guerra
NB

The Seedy R

CD-R
£7.99


Drums/guitar duo splurge recorded live in Sydney, Australia on 2nd January 2005 that works trashed fuzz and fists of percussion into a post-Vampire Belt tribute to Sound Of Confusion-era Spacemen 3. Fuck!

Love Chants
s/t

RIP Society RIP-038

12” EP
£15.99


Amazing set of blasted downer folk/rock bliss from three masters of the form; Michael Zulicki of Mad Nanna et al, Matt Earle of Breakdance The Dawn etc and Anthony Guerra Of Black Petal and so on in an edition of 300 copies: Love Chants use guitar, drums and vocals to generate somnambulant slow-motion garage moves that take nod-out re-thinks of the third Velvet Underground album and dilate it with almost-Loren Connors-style single chord poetry and the kinda free-floating garage psych of Japan’s Suishou No Fune. As a vocalist Guerra exhales more than sings, adding blushes of luminous tone to the tracks in a way that comes over like a post-coital take on the barely-there tradition pioneered by Reiko Kudo, Ai Aso et al. The playing somehow manages to be simultaneously restrained and tightrope-walking, constantly teetering on total collapse while navigating the kind of instant universal music of a Babi or A Little Treatise On Morals shot through with great gobs of silent white light. Heartbreaking idiot avant at some kind of a-formal peak. Very highly recommended!

Your Intestines
s/t

Breakdance The Dawn BDTD-193

CD-R
£6.99


Wild live set, recorded late last year, from this long-running Australian underground outfit that features Matt Earle and Anthony Guerra on guitars, Adam Sussmann on bass and Peter Blamey on drums: this is an hysterically brutal set, coming over like a no-technique thug-punk take on the opening seconds of Whitehouse’s “Wriggle Like A Fucking Eel” transposed for hands-on avant garage assault, with pummelling percussion, pugilistic bass blats and amplifier-destroying feedback violence. From there we’re into the kind of obsessively cranked non-stop energy constructs that would reconcile the live Taurpis Tula sound circa their Spykes collaboration and the sound of Vermonster plays the Silence back catalogue. A monster, highly recommended.