Club Sound Witches is the duo of Brisbane’s Nicola Morton (Bad Intentions) and Matt Earle (xNoBBQx), a pairing as abrasive as you’d expect from their prior projects. The video for ‘Uprok’ (a track from a forthcoming cassette on Breakdance the Dawn) is funny. A paper boat leads a camera past onlookers who are either disinterested or confused by the filming, which would be a perfectly acceptable reaction to the track itself.
‘Uprok’ is an oddity, consisting of harshly grating overtones with writhing beats plied underneath. The duo describe themselves as a techno band, but those influences are violently obscured under the aural buzzsaw that is the track’s ambience. The beats are muted too, so that it sounds like you’re loitering just outside a club with a persistent headache. When I listen to this track, I want initially to remove my headphones and walk away, but I listen anyway. It’s a very strange and appealing form of punishment.
‘Uprok’ will appear on a cassette release on Breakdance the Dawn, and follows a 2012 CD-R that we reviewed previously.