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Listen: Goodgrief Commune – Bottles and Awful News


Rough-as-guts but mysteriously tranquil free-noise outliers Goodgrief Commune have just reissued their 2011 triple cassette album An Eventual History of Longue Duress. The group, which features members of The Cross Brothers, Mum Smokes and Snawklor, were actually based in Melbourne from what I understand, but all of the core members hail from the heavily mythologised shores of Tasmania. I somehow missed this upon its initial release in 2011, but Endless Melt has reissued it in the form of a double CD package.

It’s a surprisingly varied collection, ranging from the lazily wiped out mess of ‘Bottles and Awful News’ (embedded below), through to inadvertently pretty moments such as ‘Arrival at the River’s Edge’. Poised between free jazz and freer noise, the group isn’t afraid to lock into something almost resembling rock ‘n roll at times, lending a sense of event and levity to the otherwise staunchly loose affair. Check it out.