New Music

Watch: Lakes – Carved Remains

Following last year’s Blood of the Grove, Lakes will release a new 7 inch through No Patience on May 24. As a bloody huge admirer of Lakes, I often find myself stressing to those who do not like Lakes that they should revisit his post-Blood of the Grove material, because it’s a whole lot texturally richer (and yeah, I guess more accessible), than anything he’s ever done in the past.

‘Carved Remains’ is a natural extension of this. The clip above was created by Ratboy Patience. You can preorder the disc here.

In other No Patience news, the label is reissuing Flesh World’s Planned Obsolescence cassette demo on vinyl at around the same time, which is good news.

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Reviews

Night Lark: Lakes’ Blood of the Grove reviewed

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I don’t really have anything specific to say about this new Lakes record. Writing about Lakes is something I’ve done in the past and it’s never been especially satisfying. Sit and stare at the wall and just listen.

I have to write about Lakes again though, because Blood of the Grove is the best Lakes record there is. All of Sean Bailey’s idiosyncrasies – his voice, his belting guitar – sound better when they’re supplemented by other humans, such as they are here. On this record he sounds a bit further away, so you don’t get sprayed in his spit. Instead, you can see some vague outlining of the world he’s always inhabited, all lush green and greys, stone and earth, blood and lace. The whole record sounds like some austere, distant phenomenon. There’s a frightening military pace to a lot of the songs, and with a proper drummer Lakes sounds even closer in spirit to mid-period Death in June and even, at times, Sol Invictus.

‘Night Lark’ is one of my favourite songs at the moment. It’s made me cry. It feels weird to admit this w/r/t a Lakes song, but there it is. What I like about this song and the record in general is that it displays an eager receptiveness to darkness. Lakes’ music feels like the eternal struggle to acquaint one’s self with the unknown. Lakes is solace found in oblique codes and systems beyond our ken. Lakes’ music is forlorn, but it has no relationship with modernity, nor with our condition, and nor with anything truly horrible and ugly about life right now.

For me, Lakes is about dreaming. Lakes is about the comfort of a purely existential melancholy, rather than a specifically political or social one. Lakes is the binary opposite to the pervasive social realism in Australian independent rock music at present. It refuses to provide a narrative. All you get are tantalising visual allusions and a dark place to temporarily call home. It’s a fleeting sadness you cannot substantiate.

I guess in the end, what I like most about Lakes is that it helps me imagine. It doesn’t appeal directly to any of my attitudes or prejudices. When I listen to Lakes, I don’t ever think about the way Lakes fans dress, the gigs they go to, the books they read, the jobs they have. Lakes is a world I visit sometimes. I’m happy to let it be just that. I’m happy to be moved without understanding why.

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Lakes’ Blood of the Grove is available now through No Patience Records.

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New Music

Listen: TÄX – Bent Spear

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On the eve of Lakes’ new LP comes a new TAX track, a Melbourne trio featuring Lakes’ Sean Bailey on vocals, Simon Taylor (also of Lakes, Collapsed Toilet Vietnam, Gauntlet, Whitehorse) and J.K. Fuller of Zond and Mum Smokes. ‘Bent Spear’ vaguely reminds me of that old, circa-2010 Wasted Truth cassette that Bailey put out, but that’s probably due exclusively to Bailey’s distinctive voice. When Bailey sings “bent spear” it sounds like he’s singing “burn Australia”, which is nifty and how I’d prefer to hear it.

Whatever the case, ‘Bent Spear’ will appear on a forthcoming 7 inch through No Patience Records, due September. We’re all guilty of using the word “apocalyptic” lightly, but where TAX is concerned… yep.

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New Music

Listen: Lakes – Blood of the Grove

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Here’s the title track to Lakes’ new LP Blood of the Grove, which is due out “very soon” through No Patience Records, or right now through Avant! if you want to import it. It’s the second sampler we’ve heard thus far: ‘Painted Wreath‘ released back in May, offering the first taste of what the new Lakes three-piece sounds like (unless you were lucky enough to get one of those excellent Spring Torch live cassettes last year). It launches August 24 in Melbourne at the Tote alongside White Hex and Prolife.

In semi-related news, No Patience is also releasing a TAX 7 inch next month, a Melbourne group featuring Lakes’ Sean Bailey, along with Simon Taylor (Whitehorse) and JK Fuller (himself, ZOND).

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New Music

Watch: Vaginors’ ‘Say Nothing’ trailer

Truly horrible trailer for a forthcoming VHS film by Adelaide punk group Vaginors. The film is directed by Ratboy, and stars the band in a production that “captures the millennium punks Vaginors at their most distilled,” displaying, according to the official document,  “unadulterated self indulgence.”

Have to come out and admit that I’ve never listened to Vaginors before, but if their records sound anything like the music in this trailer then I will be investigating very thoroughly. The group have a 2011 LP by the name of Nuclear Papsmear and another No Patience issued self-titled EP which was released last year. According to No Patience, the VHS is coming soon. Truly turgid and horrible noise that puts every other group with an anti-social bent to shame.

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