New Music

Listen: Psy Ants – Spike

Story goes that Psy Ants were a Brisbane group formed out of the ashes of a band called Science. They evolved from a two-piece consisting Mitchel Perkins and Aidan Hilcher, before expanding into a three-piece, with Glen Schenau of Per Purpose and Marl Karx on electric guitar. As with that other group Glen Schenau played in, Psy Ants are releasing a debut LP and then calling it a day. Seems like a pretty dignified way to die in the rock ‘n’ roll business. All is not lost though, because the members now play in groups like Per Purpose, Knee Chin and Cured Pink. Good on them.

Their debut LP is called Bit Tongue Prik and it’s out through Vacant Valley right now. Take a listen to the track below. We’ll review it soon.

They’re in the middle of their final tour at the moment. Most of Australia will have either missed them or seen them by now, but if you live in Adelaide or Brisbane, here are the details:

The Metro
w/ Big Richard Insect + No Action + Shopgirl

Legions Hall
Sewers + Gerald Keaney and the Gerald Keaneys +
Cannon + The Maryettas

New Music

Listen: Cured Pink – September Over September

Here’s a new Cured Pink track, probably the first officially available (to stream, anyway) offering from the group since that Breakdance the Dawn CD-R we reviewed a couple of weeks back. This track follows in a similar vein sonically, but we got in touch with Andrew McLellan to see exactly what was going on, because journalism.

“That was recorded in our shared bandspace on Saturday afternoon – just at the back of Mitchell’s and my house. We were just nutting out our set ahead of the Lost Domain finale out at Real Bad [the venue]. Which was awesome. Completely important band. Glen and I would hardly have a clue without them.

“I try to record as much as possible, to remember golden moments of improvisation [and to] generate material to overlay with other jams or experiments. You know most of the early 2012 results from the Breakdance CD-R.”

Cured Pink have a new 7 inch coming out later this year which will implement “these ideas in a professional studio”.


Cured Pink – Cured Pink 2012 (CD-R)

This CD-R was released through Breakdance the Dawn, so don’t expect much in the way of solid facts regarding this missive. Here’s what I’ve got though: on this album the Brisbane group consists of Andrew McLlellan, Glen Schenau and Mitchell Perkins, though Cured Pink is very much McLlellan’s beast. Schenau and Perkins recently got busted trespassing in some condemned Brisbane building, ostensibly on “Cured Pink duties”, so we’re dealing with probably the only QLD noise band to ever get a write up in the Courier Mail.

There are seven tracks here, and all are the sonic equivalent of a violently rubbed scab. Red and black, with bits of yellow. It shares very little in common with the also self-titled Sabbatical cassette from a couple of years ago, this being wilfully lo-fi and very looosely delivered rock, versus that release’s more industrial leanings. The record at hand plods in a suggestively violent manner, like some glassed and livid sociopath, with echoed vocals delivered like threats from the other side of some nightmarish parking lot or RSL.

Take ‘Track 3’ for instance (there are no song titles), which maintains a fairly steady tempo but is delivered in such a militantly uptight manner that it sounds more like a machine efficiently chugging than a band playing. On the other hand, ‘Track 6’ is a lagging, almost blue-sy lurch through a glass and blood strewn hut somewhere in the sticks, offering absolutely nothing in the way of exuberance or joy, but sounding at least remotely human.

Minor points of difference aside, Cured Pink is marked mainly by tension. There’s an almost overbearing sense of downtrodden masculinity about it: welling up, heavy veined, locked grimaces. It sounds constantly on the brink of being properly fucked. You can’t really ask for much more than that.

Label: Breakdance the Dawn
Release date: July 2012