New Weird Australia Podcast #14, Axxonn – Interview

From 2009-2012, the New Weird Australia Podcast featured selected interviews and in-studio recordings from my FBi radio show, as well as live performances from events, video interviews and more.

AXXONN is the self-described “pop/synth/doom/electronic music project” from Brisbane’s Tom Hall. Originally exploring territories solely of doom and drone in his earlier EP releases, his debut album ‘Let’s Get It Straight’ deployed a barrage of wider influences – from 80s mullet-metal, abstract electronica, hardcore noise, synth-pop and the blackest of black metal. In November 2010, I talked to Tom during the album launch tour, shortly before he was due to take to the stage in Hobart and ahead of dates in Sydney, Geelong, Melbourne and Perth, rounded off with a lap of honour in Brisbane.

New Weird Australia Podcast #13. Spartak – Interview

From 2009-2012, the New Weird Australia Podcast featured selected interviews and in-studio recordings from my FBi radio show, as well as live performances from events, video interviews and more.

In this podcast from September 2010, I talk to Canberra artist, label manager and promoter SHOEB AHMAD, and his regular collaborator EVAN DORRIAN.

SHOEB has, for quite some time, been one of the key voice of dissent in the city of Canberra – single-handledly staging an inexhaustible series of experimental music events, managing the renowned HelloSquare record label and producing music, both as a solo producer and as one half of SPARTAK, with EVAN DORRIAN. As drummer, producer and sound artist, EVAN is additionally a core member of POLLEN TRIO and released his debut self-titled solo release in 2009.

In Sydney for a local show with THE GHOST OF 29 MEGACYCLES and THE INFINITY ROOM, Shoeb & Evan chatted about the then recent SPARTAK album ‘Verona’, as well as upcoming records on HelloSquare, and Shoeb’s role as the first guest curator of the New Weird Australia compilation series, with the forthcoming release ‘The Sound Of Young Canberra’.

New Weird Australia Podcast #12. Pimmon – Interview

From 2009-2012, the New Weird Australia Podcast featured selected interviews and in-studio recordings from my FBi radio show, as well as live performances from events, video interviews and more.

PIMMON is arguably Australia’s most well known and most successful experimental music producers, having recorded for various labels around the world (including Tigerbeat6 and Fat Cat) and collaborating with the likes of FENNESZ and OREN AMBARCHI.

Over the preceding eighteen months, PIMMON released five albums of new material, from 2009’s ‘Smudge Another Yesterday’ to his forthcoming split cassette on Spanish Magic, which comes backed with one of his earliest recordings from 1983 under the name YCLEPT DINMAKERS.

In this September 2010 podcast, he talked to me about whether this productive patch actually meant anything, whether his early 80s material is really worth a listen, and whether any of the so-called chillwave cassette bands actually sound any good with the hiss removed.

New Weird Australia Podcast #11. Paneye – Live-to-air Performance & Interview

From 2009-2012, the New Weird Australia Podcast featured selected interviews and in-studio recordings from my FBi radio show, as well as live performances from events, video interviews and more.

PANEYE is the moniker of Sydney musician Will Treffry. Residing in Sydney,Will’s music combines elements of psych-folk, ambient electronica and dream pop. In this podcast episode, recorded on the NWA Radio show in September 2010, Stu Buchanan talks to Will about his work to date – which includes three full solo albums, and an ongoing collaborative project with Jasper Rice, titled ‘Bristles On the Carapace’. We hear tracks from his most recent album ‘Lying Under Moribund Waves’, as well as unreleased material recorded recently during a residency in Japan, and two tracks performed live in the studio.

New Weird Australia Podcast #10. Danger Beach – Live-to-air Performance & Interview

From 2009-2012, the New Weird Australia Podcast featured selected interviews and in-studio recordings from my FBi radio show, as well as live performances from events, video interviews and more.

As far as new, weird Australian music goes, Canberra fast established itself as 2010’s most interesting city – and in this July 2010 podcast I talk to one of its then emerging artists, DANGER BEACH. Leaving behind the lo-fi punk noise of his ASSASSINS 88 project, DANGER BEACH explores the ground between noise and pop, attempting to “write songs that your girlfriend would listen to”. As well as chatting about his upcoming gigs and releases, DANGER BEACH played four live tracks in the studio: ‘Lakes’ (featuring TV Colours on guest vocals), an Elvis cover ‘Blue Moon’, ‘Apollo’ and ‘Safe Home’

NWA Podcast #9. Collarbones, Live-to-air Performance & Interview

From 2009-2012, the New Weird Australia Podcast featured selected interviews and in-studio recordings from my FBi radio show, as well as live performances from events, video interviews and more.

Well known experimental musicians in their own right, MARCUS WHALE (also known as SCISSOR LOCK) and TRAVIS COOK (who performs as CYST IMPALED) moved into unique territory in 2010, recording as alternative pop duo COLLARBONES. Marcus and Travis joined me in June 2010 to talk about their evolving project and to play live in the studio. They also discussed their (then) forthcoming live appearance with Melbourne’s PSUCHE (feat Oscar Key Sung). In addition to hearing the tracks ‘Kill Off The Vowels’ and ‘Beaman Park’, we also hear them play a cover of the PSUCHE track ‘I See A Wolf’ and preview the new PSUCHE album with the track, ‘Recognise’.

NWA Podcast #8. Clan Analogue & Actual Russian Brides, Live-to-air Performance & Interview

From 2009-2012, the New Weird Australia Podcast featured selected interviews and in-studio recordings from my FBi radio show, as well as live performances from events, video interviews and more.

Formed almost twenty years ago, CLAN ANALOGUE remains one of the most prolific and interesting collectives in Australian electronic music. In this podcast episode, I was joined by ANT BANNISTER and ADRIAN ELMER (Telafonica) to talk about the Clan’s new career-spanning retrospective album, and its launch party in June 2010 in Sydney. Performing two exclusive tracks live in the studio were Clan members ACTUAL RUSSIAN BRIDES (pictured).

New Weird Australia Podcast #7. Kate Carr – Live-to-air Performance & Interview

From 2009-2012, the New Weird Australia Podcast featured selected interviews and in-studio recordings from my FBi radio show, as well as live performances from events, video interviews and more.

Sydney artist KATE CARR has been making music since 2007, developing a pallate of drones, soundscape, glitch, opera and pop. In this podcast, recorded in May 2010, Kate talks about her work to date, including her 2009 album ‘First Day Back’ released via German label ‘Retinascan’, and plays two tracks live in the studio.

New Weird Australia Podcast #6. The Necks – Interview

From 2009-2012, the New Weird Australia Podcast featured selected interviews and in-studio recordings from my FBi radio show, as well as live performances from events, video interviews and more.

THE NECKS are one of Australia’s most innovative cult bands, channeling experimental, avant garde, jazz, ambient and minimal sounds via a back catalogue that runs to fifteen albums over twenty years. Each of THE NECKS also has an equally impressive solo and collaborative career – however they always find time to regroup and return to Sydney at least once a year for one of their renowned live shows.

Ahead of their Sydney show in February 2010, Chris Abrahams from THE NECKS joined Danny and I on the NEW WEIRD AUSTRALIA Radio Show for a chat about their ever-evolving career and, in particular, the new album ‘Silverwater’ – a single 67 minute piece, representing some of their best work to date.

New Weird Australia Podcast #5. Crab Smasher, Live-to-air Performance & Interview

From 2009-2012, the New Weird Australia Podcast featured selected interviews and in-studio recordings from my FBi radio show, as well as live performances from events, video interviews and more.

By their own admission, CRAB SMASHER are a NSW based group of “improvisational sound sharks crafting a frenzied hodgepodge of weirdo psychedelic noise rock and experimental pop delicious”. Having morphed through a variety of lineups and styles since their formation in 2002, their then current incarnation took out in January 2010 to visit the New Weird Australia radio show with guest presenter Brooke Olsen. The band delivered a rare live acoustic set and discuss what it means to be “the first carbon neutral noise band”, playing in a Newcastle scene big enough to fill a small living room.

New Weird Australia Podcast #4 – Tom Ellard (Severed Heads)

From 2009-2012, the New Weird Australia Podcast featured selected interviews and in-studio recordings from my FBi radio show, as well as live performances from events, video interviews and more.

SEVERED HEADS are regarded as being one of the most influential experimental and electronic bands in Australia, pioneering the use of tape loops and samples in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and forging an innovative career that has stretched across three decades.

Returning for a special ‘grand finale’ show at the 2010 Sydney Festival, Severed Heads’ mainman TOM ELLARD joined Danny Jumpertz and I for a look back at their career, playing highlights and rarities, and finding out what was in store for the Sydney Festival gig.

img: test render from ‘Sevs In Space’ (via tomellard.com)

New Weird Australia Podcast #3 – Scissor Lock

From 2009-2012, the New Weird Australia Podcast featured selected interviews and in-studio recordings from my FBi radio show, as well as live performances from events, video interviews and more.

SCISSOR LOCK is an experimental project of Sydney musician Marcus Whale, exploring the tension between organic and electronic elements in sound, utilising guitar, reeds, voice, piano, singing bowls and bells along with somewhat lo-fi digital processing. In this interview (originally broadcast 12th November 2009), Marcus discussed his remix project, ‘Now’, featuring contributions from Raven, Shoeb Ahmad and Pimmon. The podcast also includes an exclusive, in-studio performance of ‘Out By Holy Land (Scissor Lock vs Pimmon vs Scissor Lock Remix)’.

New Weird Australia Podcast #2 – Scattered Order

From 2009-2012, the New Weird Australia Podcast featured selected interviews and in-studio recordings from my FBi radio show, as well as live performances from events, video interviews and more.

In this episode, from November 2009, Mitch Jones joined Danny Jumpertz and I to talk about the past, present and future of SCATTERED ORDER.

Mitch stands as one of the key figures in the history of alternative music in Sydney. Together with Michael Tee, Jones founded M-SQUARED Records – home to a cluster of now seminal local post-punk artists such as SYSTEMATICS, THE MAKERS OF THE DEAD TRAVEL FAST, YA YA CHORAL, PROD and their own band, SCATTERED ORDER. Nearly 30 years after the fact, SCATTERED ORDER reformed their original line-up, both playing live and recording once again.

New Weird Australia Podcast #1 – Jeff Burch

From 2009-2012, the New Weird Australia Podcast featured selected interviews and in-studio recordings from my FBi radio show, as well as live performances from events, video interviews and more.

This episode, originally broadcast in November 2009, features JEFF BURCH – an American born New Zealander then based in Sydney. Besides his solo work he also runs independent Imprint/Record Label THE SPRING PRESS (Bruce Russell, Psychic Ills, Magik Markers, The Bats etc.), he co-founded the duo MADALA TRAP with PAUL GOUGH (Pimmon) and was formerly one quarter of SONGS.