What’s Going Down Under? (Part 2)

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So you’re all up to date on the recent influx of great Australian metal that’s been featured on the bowl of late (Sewercide, Psycroptic, Drowning The Light, King Parrot, Sanzu, Claret AshBloodlust, Collosvs, Disentomb etc.), time to check out some selected artists from those, uhh.. other genres (apparently they still exist). In the first installment of What’s Going Down Under, we covered a couple of current Hip-Hop and Punk/Hardcore/Grunge acts making waves here in Australia. Today we’re going to delve into some Jazzy Soul, metal-influenced Gypsy-Folk, Electronic and Future-Pop.

Roots

Hiatus Kaiyote

I was alerted to this Melbourne band through an unlikely source. Singing their praises was none other than the genius that is Reggie Watts. I had to investigate. The quartet that make up Hiatus Kaiyote play a soothing, though often melancholic-tinged brand of what I’ve heard called neo-soul. To me, there are elements of jazz, blues and soul all at play, with the ensemble driven for the most part, by prominent use of the electro-organ. Their songs tend to move through passages and not rely on standard formulaic structure. The percussion is noticeably stylish, showing African influence, some excellent use of dynamics (especially in terms of the cymbal-work), and swings back and forth between snappy upbeat romps and sparsely laid ambient sections. If you’re in the mood for something relaxing to listen to that will still keep you engaged, then give this band a try. While this track starts out slow, it builds around the 1:30 mark and by 1:50 it has picked up and manifested itself into an excellent upbeat display of what Hiatus Kaiyote have to offer as musicians.

The Crooked Fiddle Band

The Crooked Fiddle Band are metal. There I said it. A metal band inside the bodies of a group of gypsy-folk musicians. I’ve been a fan of these bohemian vagrants for a long time now and I’m fairly sure many of you will enjoy their unique style and spirited approach to music. I’m going to post two tracks of theirs just because they rip. The song embedded atop this piece, titled The Butcher Of Bessarabia is the first track of theirs that I heard and made me take notice immediately. Citing early-Sepultura as a major influence on their sound all but sealed the deal for me, with echoes of monumental tracks such as Inquisition Symphonpulsing throughout. The film clip below is for all my fellow trees n’ shit types. Head over to The Crooked Fiddle Band‘s bandcamp page and pick up some Blue Mountains goodness.

 

Electronic

Hermitude

This electronic duo from the Blue Mountains NSW have been going at it since the early 2000s. Starting out as an almost exclusively instrumental group featuring fairly minimal concepts, they have since branched out and incorporated various MCs and vocal samples, steadily gaining popularity up until their 2012 album HyperParadise. The album featured a few hits that scored a fair amount of radio play (including this Dip-approved banger) and this year they are back with another big release. It appears that 2015’s Dark Night Sweet Light hit #1 in Australia following its May 15th release. I’m not really surprised by this, as the few tracks I’ve heard showcase some quality production and are catchy without being cheesy or reeking like they’ve been manufactured for the clubs like a bathtub full of dodgy pills. I recommend checking out HyperParadise in full to see the range of sounds these two are capable of and if you enjoy, dive into the latest album. This track below is the latest single.

George Maple

As some of you in the Toilet Ov Hell group are aware, it was Mrs Lizard’s 30th a few weeks back and I took her out to the big smoke for a gig. I went in thinking I was just going to have to grit my teeth and make sure the beer removed any trace of the ‘entertainment’ we were going to see. Well it seems no amount of ethanol poisoning could remove the memory of George Maple‘s performance in support of MS MR. I mean, I went in about as disinterested as a uhh.. metalhead at a future-dream pop concert. I’m not asexual by any means and I’m usually able to somewhat restrain and quell the primal male urges concealed beneath my scales, but it was nearly impossible for me to not be transfixed by the swaying silhouette of George Maple performing her set that night (The person standing next to me apparently not as impressed). I’d heard a couple of tracks on the radio and it didn’t really hit home until I saw them performed in this manner with her live band (drummer & bassist/keys). Her vocal patterns are seductively drawn-out and contribute to the overall feeling of enchantment. I cannot find any videos of her performance that night and the ones I’ve seen simply don’t do it justice. Having appeared at SXSW this year and Splendour In The Grass, things are looking promising for her future-pop. Below is a track she features prominantly on completely owns.

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  • DCLXVI

    I like your food porn

  • Malted Hate
    • Dubzlinger, Malandro

      Is this an innuendo?

      • It must(ard) be.

        GL

        • Dubzlinger, Malandro

          I guess I’m a little slow at ketching up.

          • We olive our own problems!

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I vegemite get sick if I see that guy poop mustard any longer.

          • A Most Curious Poo Poo Pile

            I relish in it!

  • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

    Menacing shit from Down Under

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpOoY2y-C0o

    • Malted Hate

      SA-WEET!
      Are you down with the Grave Upheaval?

      • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

        Indeed! I don’t understand much of what is happening, but that’s why I like it. Untitled everything in their full length adds a mystique too. Just a wall of distorted guitar drone and a plodding rhythm section. Those vocals are fucking frighting as well. Killer shit, looking forward to new shit by them. That is If they ever do put another release out of course.

        • Malted Hate

          I could totally understand how people would not like them. But I really enjoy it. Pure atmosphere plus yes the vocals. Dammit those vocals.
          Untitled is almost meditative.

      • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

        Another killer death metal band from Australia is Ignivomous. Not droney and doomy like Grave Upheaval, but it’s still good Blasphemous and pulverizing death metal. Got this one on vinyl too.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57IJiNe897c

        • A Most Curious Poo Poo Pile

          Good band! Definitely a bit of Immolation influence in there.

        • A Most Curious Poo Poo Pile

          PS, dunno if it was you or someone else who mentioned Disma ‘Towards The Megalith’, but this SHIT IS SIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICK!!!!!!!!!!! Whoever recommended it, kudos!

          • more beer

            I’m really looking forward to seeing them in October.

          • A Most Curious Poo Poo Pile

            Haven’t seen their live videos yet, but I’m more than sure that they slay!

          • more beer

            I will let you know when I return from California Death Fest.

          • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

            I may have mentioned them. That album is is indeed SIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICK!!!!

  • Cosigned on your sentiment of the Crooked Fiddle Band being metal. Hot damn. Fine work, buddy

    • That breakdown on “Countess Bathory’s Finishing School for Girls” tickles my jimmies.

      • That whole track makes we salivate for a cold beer and a cranking stereo.

      • Those little string scrapes the fiddler does are what are really speaking to me. They are just perfect!

  • Mother Shabubu 4

    Lizardman, have you any word on the progress of Serious Beak’s new album??

    • Lacertilinger

      Yeah man, I’m working on something currently that you should keep your eye out for.

  • Dubzlinger, Malandro

    Crooked Fiddle Band is p tight. Good work, scales.

  • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

    Is MS MR. a play on Mr. Mister? It’s a man and a woman obviously, but still. Mr. Mister was the first thing that came to mind.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      It could be.

    • Lacertilinger

      No idea man, I was actually kinda just happy to take the wife out to another gig. She has only been to 4 or 5 in her whole life, so it was good taking her out of her comfort zone.

  • Waynecro

    I’m a sucker for fiddle.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      I like fiddle in southern rock but not many bands I like use fiddle.

      • Waynecro

        Panopticon uses fiddle to good effect.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          I’ll give them a listen.

          • Waynecro

            It’s bluegrass black metal, basically. I dig ’em.

      • A Most Curious Poo Poo Pile
        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          I do love Charlie Daniels and his fiddle work but I count him as southern rock. I’ve never heard of Mago De Oz.

          • A Most Curious Poo Poo Pile

            Check it out. Best live show I’ve ever been to (in Chicago, of course, not the concert in this video). Think Iron Maiden and Blind Guardian meets Jethro Tull.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Damn. I regret not seeing him the multiple times he’s been here.

          • A Most Curious Poo Poo Pile

            I meant Mago De Oz, actually. First show was fucking insane, second one not quite so much.

          • more beer

            Because Charlie Daniels is country.

    • A Most Curious Poo Poo Pile

      Ever heard the Winter’s Bone soundtrack?

      • Waynecro

        I hadn’t even heard of that movie until just now.

        • A Most Curious Poo Poo Pile

          By far Jennifer Lawrence’s best one, and her first. Very dark film, though).

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQdcSXqwb48

          • Waynecro

            Dark is good. I seldom watch movies these days, but I may check it out. I had to look up Jennifer Lawrence because I didn’t know who she is. At first I thought of the lady from The Rocketeer, but that ain’t the right Jennifer.

          • A Most Curious Poo Poo Pile

            The Hunger Games movies and Silver Linings Playbook are her best known ones.

          • Waynecro

            I haven’t seen any of those. I did see Battle Royale, which, I’ve been told, The Hunger Games is very similar to.

          • A Most Curious Poo Poo Pile

            Well, if you like dark, Winter’s Bone is definitely one to check out.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            And American Hustle

          • A Most Curious Poo Poo Pile

            Never saw that one, and from what I heard it was stinky poo.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            Jennifer Lawrence was good in it, but despite the good performances of the actors. It was a little boring.

          • A Most Curious Poo Poo Pile

            I still think it’s her best film after all these years. Partly because I couldn’t stand most of her output since. She’s still got a magnum opus to come, but it sure as fuck wasn’t Silver Lining’s Playbook. (best actress should have gone to Beasts Of The Southern Wild, IMHO).

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Hermitude is just bad and I’m not sold on Georgy Porgy either.
    But Hiatus Kaiyote and The Crooked Fiddle Band more than make up for it!
    Great stuff Slyzard!

    • Lacertilinger

      Yeah, electronic music is pretty hit and miss for me but if I wanted to be inclusive of what people are listening to down here at the moment, there’s no way I couldn’t include it. If you don’t like them, that’s cool but believe me, there are much worse things going on. *gags*

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        I believe, one only needs to turn on the radio.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    I already like The Crooked Fiddle Band and I started listening to them one second ago.

  • Guacamole Jim

    Lots of great stuff to jam here. Hermitude is the tits, too. Rocking EDM. Paris Hilton should be all over that shit.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      I like that George Maple song.

  • A Most Curious Poo Poo Pile
    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      Most Curious Poo Poo plz! You know I hate Men At Work!

      • A Most Curious Poo Poo Pile

        Notice though how when they say something in the video, it happens right then and there.

  • A Most Curious Poo Poo Pile

    Gah, I remember this fiddle/club music crossover from eons ago. They’re from Tapir’s home country, btw.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOYZaiDZ7BM

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