New Weird Australia, Passages

Passages: Volume One | Volume Two | Volume Three

Sleeve Notes.

New Weird Australia is concluding its mission after five years in operation, and will mark the moment with a three-volume set titled ‘Passages’.

Each volume is curated by one of New Weird Australia’s three directors – Stuart Buchanan, Andrew Tuttle and Innez Tulloch – and features 51 tracks from the project archive, including music from Holy Balm, Guerre, Kučka, No Zu, Kirin J Callinan, Oscar Key Sung, Matthew Brown, Chrome Dome, Mere Women and many more, with design by New Weird Australia art director, Heath Killen.

Since its inception in 2009, New Weird Australia has established a number of projects in support of Australian experimental music, clocking up over 400,000 downloads in five years, distributed through its own online channels and via its long-standing association with WFMU’s Free Music Archive. New Weird Australia projects included its 23-volume compilation series, the acclaimed netlabel Wood & Wire, the ‘New Editions’ series of individual artist releases, a long-running radio show on Sydney’s FBi and a nationwide series of live shows.

New Weird Australia founder Stuart Buchanan notes: “When we launched five years ago, Australian experimental music was often frustratingly hard to uncover. We saw an opportunity to connect audiences into work that was beyond the fringes, and offer artists opportunities to widen their community. Although that mission could well be endless, online networks now afford artists easier access to fans and supporters, in ways we could not have imagined five years ago. This therefore feels like a good moment to conclude, to reflect on the collective achievements of all the artists involved, and to showcase some of the work that has made the project so compelling.”

In addition to the ‘Passages’ compilation trilogy, New Weird Australia’s netlabel, Wood & Wire, will release its final album featuring exclusive soundtracks recorded for FBi’s ‘Ears Have Ears’ experimental music program, with extended material from Fatti Frances, Rites Wild, Hollow Press and Cycle~ 440.


New Weird Australia, Passages, Volume One (NWA017A)
Curated by Stuart Buchanan

1. Jonny Telafone – Stardate 2012.1221 (NWA006) 03:34
2. Holy Balm – Hand Over Fire (NWA010) 04:58
3. Peace Out! – Running on Sand (NWA005) 04:28
4. Desfontane – Cannibal Cod (NWA008) 03:56
5. Paneye – Staircases Under The Sea (NWA006) 03:15
6. Guerre – Travellers Home Blues (NWA008) 02:22
7. Kučka – Chinatown (NWA010) 04:26
8. Thomas William vs Scissor Lock – Cadillic (NWAED09) 05:12
9. Bum Creek – Fast Forrest (NWA003) 05:14
10. NO ZU – Horoscope (NWAED05) 06:59
11. FM Raster – Pattern 1 (NWA012) 03:41
12. Kirin J Callinan – She (NWA Live Session) (NWAB003) 5:09
13. Kris Keogh – With Our Own Atmosphere (NWAED06) 00:45
14. Maddest Kings Alive – Measels (NWA002) 04:06
15. Ghost_ – Seqe (feat. Black Pyramid) (NWA Live Session) (NWAB002) 06:30
16. Horse Macgyver – Spit Shine (NWA005) 01:59
17. Bassling – Having a Barney (NWA015) 02:44
18. Major Napier – School Of Anxiety #2 (NWA010) 03:31
19. Oscar Key Sung – It’s Gone (NWA Live Session) (NWAB004) 03:36

New Weird Australia, Passages, Volume Two (NWA017B)
Curated by Andrew Tuttle

1. Jeff Burch – Untitled 1 (The Western Hour) (NWA003) 03:44
2. 48/4 – Hlibt (NWA003) 03:38
3. WORNG – Hipster Pride (NWA013) 05:43
4. Rites Wild – Rites Wild Theme (NWA008) 04:05
5. Pimmon – On The Other Hand This Carbon Fire Is (Flammable) (NWA00)1 04:36
6. Pompey – Actual Locks (NWA003) 03:19
7. Clingtone – The Intruders (NWA001) 01:23
8. Kharkov – Crustacean (NWA002) 03:11
9. Matthew Brown – Kanaplila (NWA013) 08:55
10. Mark Barrage – Rubicon Drive (NWA008) 02:30
11. Andrew Sinclair – Ritual Beat / Stolen Drums (NWA008) 05:23
12. Yolke – Perfect Burn (NWA013) 02:41
13. Craig McElhinney – I Wish You Had Believed Me (NWA012) 03:21
14. Julian Day – Terminal (NWA014) 09:19
15. Reuben Ingall – Webbed (NWA007) 04:57
16. Seaworthy – Field Guide To Forest Birds(NWA Live Session) (NWAB004) 05:40
17. Gail Priest – Etchings (NWA005) 03:21

New Weird Australia, Passages, Volume Three (NWA017C)
Curated by Innez Tulloch

1. Gold Tango – Telescope (NWA004) 03:26
2. Anonymeye – If At First You Don’t Secede (NWA001) 05:31
3. Secret Birds – Pink Nites (NWAUM003) 08:35
4. Vorad Fils – Temple Leak (NWA005) 02:42
5. K Mason – Of 2 Evils (NWA003) 07:15
6. Cuckoos – Unbe (NWA014) 03:51
7. Splendid Friends – Holy Shears (NWA002) 01:42
8. Crab Smasher – Skin Destruction (NWA005) 03:58
9. Chrome Dome – She Said (NWA006) 01:11
10. Solar Barge – Semektet (NWA012) 03:44
11. A Demon Sheen – The Mask of Ultimate Embarrassment and Shame (NWA014) 08:12
12. Dot.AY – You Knight (NWA005) 05:24
13. Ambrose Chapel – Undead (NWA009) 07:36
14. Soft Power – Pacific Problem (NWA016) 05:57
15. Eleventeen Eston – It’s All Again (Reprise) (NWA012) 02:44
16. Generations – Time to Die (NWA015) 03:11
17. Isle Adore – Keep A Lid On (NWA006) 04:54
18. Camryn Rothenbury – Racing Across the Void (NWA008) 03:30
19. Mere Women – Sun Rising (Live at Unpopular Music 2010) (NWAUM002) 03:31

Passages: Volume One | Volume Two | Volume Three

New Weird Australia, Broadcast Four

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Sleeve Notes:

From 2009-2012, New Weird Australia broadcast a weekly show on Sydney’s FBi Radio – playing two hours of new, experimental and ecelctic Australian music. As well as covering off the best of the week’s new releases, the show also featured regular guest performances, playing exclusive in-studio sessions.

This free compilation is a selection of exclusive in-studio recordings in the final months of the show, which wound up in August 2012. It includes new material from Abortifacient, Cycle 400, Emily Grantham, Gold Model, Haunts, Kevin Purdy, Nadir, Oscar key Sung, Pollen Trio, Seaworthy, Secret Birds, Shisd, The Sydney Radio Orchestra, Thomas William vs Scissor Lock, Whale + Cheng and Yolke.


1. EMILY GRANTHAM – Soseeji (5:04)
2. POLLEN TRIO – Pollen Duo (6:23)
3. SECRET BIRDS – Laser Archipelago (9:28)
4. YOLKE – Free Sounds (4:06)
5. SEAWORTHY – Field Guide To Forest Birds (5:41)
6. HAUNTS – Felled (4:43)
7. WHALE + CHENG – Big Girl’s Don’t Cry [Fergie Cover] (7:35)
8. ABORTIFACIENT – Ripper (3:41)
9. GOLD MODEL – Beyond Belief (3:30)
10. SHISD – Charcoal 26th May (3:02)
11. THOMAS WILLIAM VS SCISSOR LOCK – Cadillic – Live Take (13:57)
12. CYCLE 440 – Variations On Shifting Planes V (excerpt) (7:42)
13. KEVIN PURDY – First Light Through Mist (7:46)
14. NADIR – The Hose Has Come Loose (7:03)
15. THE SYDNEY RADIO ORCHESTRA – Untitled (Detuned Radios) (2:20)
16. OSCAR KEY SUNG – It’s Gone (3:37)

All recordings previously unreleased. Originally performed & broadcast live on the New Weird Australia show on FBi Radio in 2011 and 2012. Listen to archive interviews and performances in our Podcast section.

Compiled by Stuart Buchanan.
Artwork by Dan Vaughan & Chris Martin,

Catalogue. NWAB004


“Though I’m sure the crew will be taking many heartfelt memories away with them and “friendships for a lifetime”, etc, the occasion of the two hour psych-show’s winding down was publicly marked last week with the issuance of Broadcast Four, an eccentric and thoughtful compilation carved from a selection of exclusive in-studio recordings from the final months of the show”
Decoder Magazine, January 2012

“a stellar set of live recordings”
Bandcamp Hunter, January 2012

“a very nice way to kick off 2013″
Life Is Noise, January 2012

New Weird Australia, Western Schism

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Sleeve Notes.

Western Schism is the second in our ad-hoc series of geo-specific compilations, featuring eighteen bands and artists from Perth in Western Australia.

The distance from Perth to Sydney (coast to coast) is only marginally less than the land mass span between L.A. and New York. Think for a moment on all the East Coast / West Coast paradigms that exist in American culture, and you can transplant some of that ideology down to Australia. Whilst we don’t have competing hip hop crews as such (although there was a moment back in the day when drum’n’bass might have taken on that skirmish), each coast often exists in its own unique world, often oblivious to the actions of the other.

However, whilst L.A. artists might have opportunities to play to audiences in San Francisco, Las Vegas, San Diego or similar towns and cities along the coast, their Perth cousins have no such luck. Isolated from any other metropolis or cultural hub, the act of generating awareness, finding new fans or growing a career used to involve an expensive and lengthy hike to the West, to connect with the majority of Australia’s population. Of course, that’s old school thinking – the digital age affords artists the ability to transcend such barriers, and this compilation plays one small part in an ongoing, flag-waving awareness exercise for Perth’s experimental music community.

The schism herein is as much geographical as it is artistic. These artists are outliers in both the literal and creative sense of the word – they celebrate their physical relationship with the world by amplifying it artistically. Distance need not be a tyranny – as is shown in this collection, it may in fact give us just the space we need to run free and get wild.

Stuart Buchanan, New Weird Australia


1. LEAVING, Days Apart (3:45) (previously unreleased)
2. SALAMANDER, Elixir In Echoden (Full Version) (5:17) (Original Version from the album Neocambrian, Record Label Records)
3. FM RASTER, Pattern 1 (3:43) (previously unreleased)
4. JANE HARRIS, Misery Cares (3:40) (from Misery Cares, Meupe)
5. MENTAL POWERS, The Last Amethyst Deceiver (4:20) (previously unreleased, recorded live on RTR Radio, 2011)
6. JAMES IRELAND & ANDREW SINCLAIR, Mary Weiss (5:59) (previously unreleased)
7. SAM GILLIES, People Are Afraid To Merge On The Highway (6:58) (previously unreleased)
8. KUčKA, Polly (serialkillersundays) (4:03) (from Kučka EP, Wood & Wire)
9. JAVIER FRISCO, Trout & Tippet / Scarlet Caravan / Cosmic Wood (5:58) (previously unreleased)
10. OUROBONIC PLAGUE, Snake Egg Talk (4:24) (previously unreleased)
11. FURCHICK, Rain (3:27)(previously unreleased)
12. CHRIS COBILIS, Waist Aglow In My Road (4:28) (previously unreleased)
13. PREDRAG DELIBASICH, Go Lobok! (3:09) (previously unreleased)
14. CRAIG MCELHINNEY, I Wish You Had Believed Me (3:22) (previously unreleased)
15. SOLAR BARGE, Semektet (3:44) (from Solar Barge, Indigo Children)
16. BROWN, Shave & A Haircut (4:09) (from Shave & A Haircut, self-released)
17. THE GULLS, Alfreds (3:08) (previously unreleased)
18. ELEVENTEEN ESTON, It’s All Again (Reprise) (2:44) (previously unreleased)

Compiled by Stuart Buchanan, with thanks to Andrew Sinclair, Matt Aitken & Craig McElhinney.
Artwork by Dan Bourke,
Released under a Creative Commons licence (Attribution, Non-Commercial, No Derivatives).

Catalogue Number. NWA012


Album Of The Week … the collaboration between Sinclair and James Ireland is the standout – the throaty vocal contribution, stretched and warped to within an inch of its life, is backed by a sluggish, occasionally forceful beat, and the track as a whole pulls you in and wraps right around you … this album brings together some of Perth’s finest merchants of noise and is well worth seeking out.”
Drum Media / The Music, August 2012

Western Schism provides an accessible framework through which non-experimental music schooled individuals could be encouraged to experience what might initially be thought of as ‘outsider’ sounds. It’s a nice tribute to the Perth artists who have shaken off the shackles off that ol’ ‘isolation’ buzzword to basically just get on with it.”
The Thousands, August 2012

“Perth seems more than adequately provided for lately when it comes to experimental sounds – hence the timely release of the New Weird Australia, Western Schism, entirely focused on artists from WA…”
Interview with Stuart Buchanan, The Wire – The West Australian, September 2012

“It’s great to gain exposure to new experimental work from WA, so nice work New Weird.”
Who The Hell?, August 2012

“We’ve been big fans of New Weird Australia for quite a while here at Life Is Noise. On a regular basis they dump some great compilation on the internet and introduce us to a whole pile of crazy music we might otherwise not have heard. This time round, they’re focusing on Western Australia, with Western Schism taking a look at some of the more interesting artists from WA. There’s more than a few familiar names for regular readers of Life Is Noise, but there’s two or three we haven’t yet featured.”
Life Is Noise, August 2012

“Perth res Ourobonic Plague delivers a dead zone crawler with thee perfect amount ov feel.”
Blam Blam Fever, August 2012

The West Australian, September 2012 :

New Weird Australia – Real Time Arts Interview

In this new video from Real Time Arts, I talk to Gail Priest about the past, present and future of New Weird Australia.

RealTime is Australia’s critical guide to international contemporary arts. Our focus is on innovation in performance (live art, experimental theatre, dance, music, sound), photomedia, film, video, interactive media and hybrid arts.

The website offers a comprehensive view of Australian contemporary art with an international perspective, combining the current print edition of RealTime, online exclusives and updates; the RealTime archive; new works on show in our studio; featured events (forums, festivals) and arts issues; and a portal that will guide you to the best sites in innovative contemporary art.

New Weird Australia – VAGRANT dates & line-ups announced

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VAGRANT is New Weird Australia’s travelling gig series – a pop-up club-night with no fixed abode and an open-source platform for eclectic and experimental Australian music.  Following its Sydney launch with GUERRE, SCISSOR LOCK and MAJOR NAPIER, VAGRANT travels the country during July 2012, calling at Melbourne, Brisbane, Newcastle, Perth & Adelaide.

MELBOURNE – SUNDAY 8TH JULY (TODAY!) VAGRANT #2 NAPS, WOOSHIE, KANE IKIN, BABA X (dj), ZANZIBAR CHANEL @ The Workers Club, Fitzroy – presented with This Thing





Also this month, the Fallopian Tunes label, in association with New Weird Australia, assembles a hefty lineup of Melbourne based electronic acts on SATURDAY 28TH JULY to officially launch our recent free compilation, Gloss & MossSPEED PAINTERS, DOCUMENT SWELL, MATTHEW BROWN, JACOB SILVER and CALL ME PROFESSOR will play The Mercat Basement, 456 Queen St, Melbourne (Opp Vic Market) from 10pm.

Our next Sydney event will be held in September, as part of the Sydney Fringe – more info soon.

Three new projects marking three years of New Weird Australia

Pictured: Emily Grantham – releasing her debut EP on the new Wood & Wire label.

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Since its launch in June 2009, New Weird Australia has supported and promoted hundreds of artists at home and overseas through its compilation series, live events and other initiatives.

To celebrate its third birthday, New Weird Australia is launching three new projects: an open-source, pop-up gig series titled ‘Vagrant‘; a new digital record label, ‘Wood & Wire‘ and an ongoing blog supporting video work from Australian artists, ‘Output Device‘.

Vagrant‘ is a pop-up gig series, offering small grants to local promoters to stage one-off events under the ‘Vagrant‘ banner.  Following a call-out in April, the series will call at Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne & Newcastle during June & July, drawing from a line-up that includes Holy Balm, Rites Wild, Asps, No Anchor, Blank Realm, Kane Ikin, Per Purpose, Terrible Truths, Anonymeye, Rational Academy, Talkshow Boy, Feet Teeth, Scraps, Major Crimes, Naps, Wooshie and more. Venues and dates will be announced shortly.

Wood & Wire‘ is a new digital record label, promoting experimentation in Australian music across all genres.  Born of New Weird Australia, but existing separately from it, ‘Wood & Wire’ launches with four free releases:

  • Inter Alia‘ from Melbourne duo Peon, featuring Lloyd Swanton from The Necks
  • the debut release from young experimental electronic producer, Emily Grantham, titled ‘Chocolate Syrup
  • a complete remake of the reviled Lou Reed & Metallica album ‘Lulu‘ from BOK Darklord (aka Buttress O’Kneel and Lucas Darklord)
  • and the self-titled debut from Machine Death, featuring reknowned experimental artist Ben Byrne and Ivan Lisyak from The Paper Scissors.

Download the first four releases at

The third and final project to be launched this month is ‘Output Device‘.  Recognising a lack of a central platform for video work from artists in the New Weird Australia vein, ‘Output Device‘ is an ongoing blog project that curates new clips at  Submissions from artists are welcomed and encouraged.

These three projects cap a highly successful 36 months for New Weird Australia.  Most recently, the eleventh volume in its free compilation series was released – a co-curation with Melbourne label Fallopian Tunes, the 22- track ‘Gloss & Moss‘ collection has recorded over 4,000 downloads in its first month and is available from  In addition, New Weird Australia’s 2010 release from Sydney artist Paneye, ‘Lost In A Dark Aquarium‘ last month hit the 17,500 download mark – the project’s most successful release to date.  The next release in the compilation series – released on July 6th – will celebrate the country’s West Coast experimental scene, with a collection dedicated to Perth.

New Weird Australia vs Fallopian Tunes, Gloss & Moss

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Sleeve Notes by Stuart Buchanan, New Weird Australia:

Finding Fallopian Tunes’ early release ‘Berlin Mixtape‘ was nothing short of a godsend.

Hunting down music to play on the weekly New Weird Australia radio show is never a chore, the hunt can be both exhilarating and frustrating. Yet, finding one relevant new release may take hours, and only yield a single track. Hence the night when ‘Berlin Mixtape’ was discovered remains firmly etched in memory – sixteen tracks of new, eclectic and experimental Australian music, and all of them gems. The concept seemed eerily, and generously, familiar. Naturally enough, the mixtape received a ritual flogging on the radio show – I simply couldn’t get enough of it – and it also conveniently led to the first release on the then nascent label, the stunning debut from Yolke, titled Poppy Wash. Yet, at the same time led nowhere – Fallopian Tunes had no web site, and little web presence – which, contrary to what a manager might tell you, simply added to the allure of the label.

Many months later, we finally met each other virtually, complemented each other for our respective output, and danced around the idea of perhaps linking arms and working on a shared release. ‘Gloss & Moss’ is the result: 22 tracks, 11 a-piece, representing precision and imprecision – controlled chaos and chaotic control. In splitting hairs over definitions, this ‘Australia Mixtape’ has both its cake and devours it – we can pay attention to the difference, or ignore it all together. Like Fallopian Tunes and New Weird Australia, it’s two sides of the same coin – a collection of exceptions that prove the rule.

Sleeve Notes by Mat Spisbah, Fallopian Tunes:

The idea of Gloss & Moss had seduced me from the beginning; two texturally different sounds with a similar headspace between them. When Stu and I first started talking about this compilation, a whole host of different ideas came up – synthetic nature, granular treetops etc… It was always going to be interesting collecting the sonics for it.

Its hard to really call anything on this compilation experimental music, all the artists have their shit locked down and know exactly what their doing. The experimenting is done well before anything is made. But all the same, experimental music in Australia is starting to gain a foothold and it’s exciting to see the scope of different things people are doing.

This collection of tracks really brings the assorted flavours of what people are up to in and around Australia and the little soundworlds they create for themselves. Everything from glacial ambience to typewriting textures is represented here, its a small cross section of the lush pool of ideas floating around the Ausmos (Australian cosmos).


Gloss‘, compiled by Mat Spisbah for Fallopian Tunes

1. Kristian M Roberts, Marble Music (6:10) (previously unreleased)
2. Bad Bones, Breaksface (0:58) (previously unreleased)
3. Simon Gardam, Silverconstruct (2:22) (previously unreleased)
4. Trjaeu, Glass Map (2:12) (previously unreleased)
5. Jacob Silver, Ambulacra (3:34) (from the EP Trillions,self-released)
6. WORNG, HipsterPride (5:44) (previously unreleased)
7. Matthew Brown, Kanaplila (8:56) (from Matthew Brown at Sabbatical’s Labour Day Weekend, self-released)
8. Document Swell, Rainforestation (4:28) (previously unreleased)
9. Exotic Snake, Now Lets Sing It Again (4:27) (previously unreleased)
10. Yolke, Perfect Burn (2:41) (previously unreleased)
11. Jonathon Nokes, Fantasy 001 (5:11) (previously unreleased)

Moss‘, compiled by Stuart Buchanan for New Weird Australia

12. Infinite Decimals, 0.00801066 (5:28) (previously unreleased)
13. Stag, Seriously (1:52) (from the EP Get Used To It, Disembraining)
14. Mere Women, Amends (2:38) (from the forthcoming album Old Life, Tenzenmen)
15. Secret Birds, Black Teeth (8:26) (previously unreleased)
16. Wild Dog Creek, Abacus (4:05) (previously unreleased)
17. Penguins, Beyond The Pale (3:14) (previously unreleased)
18. David Evans, Typewriter Demo 1A (4:09) (previously unreleased)
19. Jusgo Mosh, Hyper Youth (5:33) (from the album Disillusioned Punks Fall Into An Infinite Jazz, self-released)
20. Admin Bldg, Bldg A Bldg (4:05) (previously unreleased)
21. The Roost of Auteurs Soon Eligible for Parody, Paddington’s Song (7:00) (from the album Leaving, Etch Music)
22. Barnaby Oliver, Met on a Sunday (3:36) (previously unreleased)

Artwork by Omar Mashaal,


Gloss & Moss is the product of a kind of Omnivorous Experimentalism that, it seems to me, is increasingly prevalent these days, not just in Australia but just about everywhere with the luxury of a broadband connection. Because the vast data sea doesn’t just need curation; it also invites exploration and exposure to the new and different. And this exploration, it turns out, is something that can be curated too. Where some might regard the sort of eclecticism I’m getting at here as simply a lack of focus … I tend to think of it as precisely the reverse. Gloss & Moss, as with so many of New Weird Australia’s releases, is focused precisely on the strange and eclectic. You could say the same about this website actually. Omnivorous Experimentalism — the capitals here are deliberate; they’re intended to suggest something like a genre — is virtually its modus operandi.”
Tiny Mix Tapes, August 2012 

“The recent Gloss and Moss compilation by Fallopian Tunes and New Weird Australia shows just how rich and diverse our experimental electronic music scene has become. It is, if you’ll forgive a little editorialising, an essential (free) download.”
The Thousands, July 2012

“Every other month or so the avant-garde program New Weird Australia releases a compilation of tunes … Each collection is a gilt digital artifact of fresh composition, edgy-yet-accessible aesthetics, and solid cultural ambassadorship. For the latest compilation—called Gloss & Moss—NWA teamed up with a similarly Down Undered DIY electronica label, Fallopian Tunes. The team present starkly different sides of the continent’s underground music scene. The first half belongs to Fallopian Tunes, which chose eleven tracks of smooth ‘n’ throbbing bedroom electronica of various stripes. Although many of the featured artists operate in familiar genres—glitch, trance, beat tape—many songs are bolstered by found sounds and surprising noise samples … New Weird Australia curated the second half of the compilation … You’ll hear fuzzed-out dream pop, trudging kraut, and slow Eastern-influenced psych rock (a la Grails) … it goes without saying, you should download the entire New Weird Australia and Fallopian Tunes discography. Like, yesterday.”
Reviler, June 2012

“The latest New Weird Australia compilation sees the weird ones pairing with one of my favourite local labels Fallopian Tunes to assemble a zesty sonic soup of experimental and psychedelic sounds. Great to hear new stuff from favourites like Yolke and TRJAEU, and to discover very cool acts like WORNG and Secret Birds. Go do some discovering yourself, it’s a free download.”
Bandcamp Hunter, June 2012

“Absolutely unmissable compilation”
INQ Magazine, June 2012

Catalogue. NWA013 / FT09

New Weird Australia, New Editions Sampled

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Sleeve Notes:

In August 2010, New Weird Australia launched its first label – titled ‘New Editions’ – an imprint focusing on single artist releases.

Unlike the download-only compilations, New Editions releases were  available in two formats: a high-quality digital release (priced as a ‘pay what you like’ model) and in a run of limited-edition CDs available from artist shows & NWA events.  Over an 18 month period, New Editions released albums and EPs from CAUGHT SHIP (Melbourne), BLAKE FREELE (Sydney), PANEYE (Sydney), TANTRUMS  (Melbourne), NO ZU  (Melbourne), KRIS KEOGH (Darwin), FORENZICS (Sydney), SPARTAK (Canberra), THOMAS WILLIAM VS SCISSOR LOCK  (Sydney) and STRANGE FORCES (Brisbane).

This compilation celebrates the conclusion of the New Editions project, combining a track from each release with unreleased and rare material from many of the artists involved.


1. CAUGHT SHIP Before Now I Was Convinced (from ‘Start Dencing Dad Start Dencing‘) 06:17
2. BLAKE FREELE Bitter Some (from ‘Pins‘) 08:41
3. PANEYE She Swallowed My Days (from ‘Lost In A Dark Aquarium‘) 02:03
4. TANTRUMS Anomie (Collarbones Remix, from ‘Anomie‘) 02:25
5. NO ZU Acropolis (from ‘New Age EP‘) 05:04
6. KRIS KEOGH As Meteor Showers Melted Your Heart (from ‘Processed Harp Works Volume One‘) 02:16
7. FORENZICS Dub Scab (from ‘Build Ruins‘) 05:06
8. SPARTAK Rail Star Mode (from ‘Nippon‘) 05:47
9. THOMAS WILLIAM VS SCISSOR LOCK Cadillic (from ‘Jewelz‘) 05:12
10. STRANGE FORCES Hungry Ghost Nation (from ‘Strange Forces‘) 07:15

Bonus Tracks:
11. CAUGHT SHIP Headphones (previously unreleased) 06:10
12. BLAKE FREELE Cheyne Stoking (previously unreleased) 09:20
13. PANEYE The Gummi Bears of Failure (previously unreleased) 02:09
14. NO ZU Tattooed Head (from ‘Tattooed Head’ single) 07:41
15. KRIS KEOGH As We Held Our Hidden Hopes Up To the Stars (from ‘Wormwoodstock 2012′) 04:06
16. FORENZICS Another Newer Nature (previously unreleased) 13:04

Compiled by Stuart Buchanan.
Artwork by Heath Killen.
Released under a Creative Commons licence (Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives)


“New Weird Australia brings a sampling of material previously released on their New Editions imprint along with some rare/unreleased material from artists in their camp. It’s a varied and wonderful listen of sounds covering a wide range of ideas, styles, and moods. Sonic experimentation at it’s finest, both in creation and in experiencing.”
Magicore, May 2012

“This is the music you won’t find on iTunes – New Weird Australia float our boat. They’re a bunch of menaces who love going to the end of music. New Weird Australia have a compilation they’ve curated called New Editions, its a bunch of rare and unreleased material from many of the musos and artists who turn them on.”
Something Else, May 2012

Catalogue. NWA011

New Weird Australia Live Recording Series (Free Music Archive)

New Weird Australia has released a series of archive live recordings, exclusively via the Free Music Archive. The free download recordings, dating back to 2010 and 2011, are culled from New Weird Australia events staged during the period, and feature exclusive work from Ambrose Chapel, Axxonn, Forenzics, Scattered Order and Stitched Vision.

The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads, directed by WFMU, the most renowned freeform radio station in America. Inspired by Creative Commons and the open source software movement, the FMA provides a legal and technological framework for curators, artists, and listeners to harness the potential of music sharing.


Unpopular Music 2011, A Benefit for FBi Radio


Unpopular Music returned to Sydney on Saturday December 17th 2011, raising cash for FBi and featuring eight bands over two venues. Unpopular Music 2011 saw four of Sydney’s underground & experimental music promoters working together for the first time – New Weird Australia, Octopus Pi, Sound Series and Refraction – staging two shows in one evening.

The late show (9pm) at Dirty Shirlows in Marrickville featured Brisbane psych-rock ex-pats Strange Forces (back on Aussie soil after tearing up a storm in Berlin over the last two years), Sydney drone-grunge four piece Zeahorse, former Brisbane residents Secret Birds (one of the last artists, and few Australians, to feature on Pitchfork’s now defunct Altered Zones blog) and Scattered Order(fully re-energised and at a new creative peak, following the addition of Shane Fahey to the lineup earlier this year).

At 6pm, the early show at Hardware saw Thomas William and Scissor Lock launch their debut collaborative album ‘Jewelz‘, with support from Melbourne’s MonlithUnd and Anna Chase. The event also featured DJs Paul Gough (Pimmon), Jack Shit and Octopus Pi, with a ‘Magical Audio Tour’ between venues.

Photos by Stuart Buchanan (colour) and Miles Martignoni (b&w).


free compilation was released as a promotional item prior to the event, and features tracks from all the artists who played at Unpopular Music 2011.

1. STRANGE FORCES – Shizer In The Shadows 04:47 (from Strange Forces, New Editions)
2. ZEAHORSE – Kathie’s Makeover 07:35 (previously unreleased)
3. SECRET BIRDS – Pink Nites 08:34 (from Peace Forest, Bon Voyage Records)
4. SCATTERED ORDER – At Last You Have One 05:17 (from It’s Behind You, Rather Be Vinyl)
5. THOMAS WILLIAM vs SCISSOR LOCK – Cadillic 05:12 (from Jewelz, New Editions)
6. MONOLITH – Empty Spaces 04:25 (previously unreleased)
7. UND – sub cut anue (b) 12:31 (previously unreleased)
8. ANNA CHASE – Lines 03:42 (from New Weird Australia, Volume Six)

Catalogue. NWAUM003

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New on New Editions – Thomas William, Scissor Lock & Strange Forces

(cross posted from

New Editions, the label imprint for New Weird Australia, winds up its first series of releases with two new albums on January 4th 2012 – from Thomas William vs Scissor Lock and Strange Forces.

Since launching in 2010, the series has released albums and EPs from Caught Ship, Blake Freele, Paneye, TANTRUMS, No Zu, Kris Keogh, Forenzics and Spartak.  Each release has been available in both physical and digital formats.  The final two releases in the current series see Sydney artists Thomas William and Scissor Lock coming together for their debut collaborative release, ‘Jewelz‘, as well as the first Australian physical release for Brisbane psych-rock ex-pats Strange Forces, who have been tearing up a storm in Berlin over the last two years. Listen to preview tracks from each release in the players below.

Both releases will be available on Bandcamp from January 4th 2012, with pre-release physical copies available in CD Digipak editions at the Unpopular Music 2011 event on Saturday 17th December.


New Weird Australia, Vox

Title: New Weird Australia, Vox
Compiled by Gail Priest & Stuart Buchanan
Catalogue Number: NWA010
Released: September 2011


Sleeve Notes: September 2011 by Gail Priest:

In the realm of pop music it would be ludicrous to focus a compilation around the voice as the majority of pop music is vocally driven. Perhaps in backlash to this ubiquity the voice has been relatively scarce in the Australian experimental music over the last decade (with a few notable exceptions included here). However we are now in an interesting moment in musical time where the worlds of alternative pop and experimental/exploratory music slip and slide quite easily around each other. The voice is re-appearing in the experimental context, and emerging more experimentally in popular music. This compilation brings together a selection of artist working across this spectrum of play.

The recent influx of vocal exploration seems causally related to our ability to manipulate the voice with digital recording techniques. A notable exception is Alice Hui-Sheng Chang who uses her pure voice alone to explore the extremes of our primary organ for communication. Similarly pioneering sound poet Amanda Stewart’s vocal play is analogue, then overlaid using digital recording tools (originally 1/4inch tape). Kusum Normoyle’s overdriven scream is also, to some extent, a raw, unmanipulated expression of the voice. But on the whole, the tracks on VOX use the voice as material to be tinkered with technologically—enhanced, exaggerated, multiplied, warped, stretched and shredded. It’s no longer about the ‘grain’ of the voice as Roland Barthes called it, but rather its hyper-elasticity.

From the visceral drama of Kusum, ronnu panda or Donna Hewitt, to the sweet pop play of kučka or Mosaic Mosaic; from the luscious layered drones of Scissor Lock or Paul Heslin, to the mystic folk of Furchick, Deadly Nightshades and Rabbit Island, VOX displays the voice in all its complex glory.


1. KUSUM NORMOYLE Octopus (2:35) (previously unreleased)
2. PAUL HESLIN Young Girls & Cigarettes (2:42) (previously unreleased)
3. AMANDA STEWART Residue (2:39) (from I/T: Selected Poems, Here and There Books / Splitrec)
4. THE DEADLY NIGHTSHADES Dobro #1 (2:52) (previously unreleased)
5. KUčKA Chinatown (4:26) (previously unreleased)
6. MIMIC MASS Split Radio 01 (4:44) (previously unreleased)
7. HOLY BALM Hand Over Fire (4:57) (from Holy Balm 7″ on Hustle Muscle)
8. MAJOR NAPIER School Of Anxiety #2 (3:35) (previously unreleased)
9. ALICE HUI-SHENG CHANG Vein (4:28) (previously unreleased)
10. DONNA HEWITT Drowning (7:18) (from Time, Space and The Roaring Silence, SoCA UWS Nepean)
11. SKY NEEDLE Senator (3:07) (from Neckliner cassette, alberts basement)
12. FURCHICK Angel Of My Dreams (2:15) (from Rabbits in Space, self released)
13. SCISSOR LOCK Room Tape (8:11) (previously unreleased)
14. MOSAIC MOSAIC Brand New (2:13) (from While We Sleep, Bump Foot)
15. RONNU PANDA Brush (5:11) (self released)
16. RABBIT ISLAND My Own Private (6:05) (from O God, Come Quick, Badminton Bandit)
17. JUAREZ Favourite (4:15) (from Revontulet, Sabbatical)
Artwork by Heath Killen,
Released under a Creative Commons licence (Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives), 
except Track 7, All Rights Reserved.


“Vox is quick to extinguish any pretences that it might focus solely on the voice as a musical phenomena; it is open-minded in its inclusion of instrumental drone, mystic folk and field recordings alongside a plethora of vocal techniques spanning several years of Australian experimentalism. A human purity is evident in the rawness and clarity of Kucka’s vocal on ‘Chinatown’, despite its percussive and East Asian influenced ascent. Alice Hui-Sheng Chang’s multi-layering vocally-induced drones on ‘Vein’ almost work the opposite way, and The Deadly Nightshades’ repetitive “..and it rained on my house, all summer..” on song Dobro #1 is an exercise in vocal layering with some beautiful and emotive results.”
This Music Wins, September 2011

“New Weird Australia, ever incredible, delivering up this heaping helping of far reaching vocal workouts, fittingly entitled ‘Vox’ … what you have here is 17 songs where the voice is the most important aspect or instrument in the track. Some artists seem to simply employ an incredible voice over their own beats while others record and chop and slice and rearrange the human voice to create a new band writing new beats. From epic melodic ballads to harsh abrasive noise, the voice is the key and the answer on this one.”
Grindthieves, December 2011

New Weird Australia, Bleak Metal

Title: New Weird Australia, Bleak Metal
Compiled by Ian Rogers & Stuart Buchanan, June 2011.
Catalogue Number: NWA009
Released: June 2011


Sleeve Notes: June 2011 by Ian Rogers

I once attended a lecture in Liverpool by sociologist Keith Kahn-Harris where he described heavy metal as an essentialist ideology, a genre of music borderline obsessed with what it means to be a ‘true’ heavy metal fan. Expanding on this, Kahn-Harris was careful to point out that this ‘trueness’ was not fixed in reality. Unlike punk and hip-hop, heavy metal does not aim to authentically represent everyday life. Instead, metal operates in a much more fantastic realm: it pushes aside the complexities of everyday life and replaces them with myths and stories about ‘power, conflict, violence and death,’ all the good stuff. It works – and we like it – because, like all other popular music genres, it delivers us from mundanity.

Why is this relevant here? Because it is metal’s essentialism that makes it so pliable. There is no fixed, grounded core to heavy metal and we’re all starting to realize this. While Slayer will always be metal, in 2011 an ambient experimental duo can also be metal. A popular music festival can be metal. A cartoon can be metal. An online cooking video can be metal. And despite what teenage virgins everywhere will tell you: this is a tremendously good thing. It is metal’s ability to channel its fantastic, ominous, silly, amazing essence through anything a self-ordained metal-head picks up and calls metal, that gives the genre it’s true power. Diverse things thrive.

When Stuart and I first started thinking about this compilation, we had very meager ambitions. In short our aim was to document weird heavy shit happening in Australia. Along the way, we started to think this was actually heavy metal. First, Eli from Heil Spirits describes what he does at a party as ‘thrash metal’. Then we hear the black metal tinkerings of Spheres, the Godflesh inflections of Hobart’s Machines Of Indeterminate Origin and the brittle textures at the top of the mix in AXXONN (and remembered Tom’s ever present Motely Crue tee). We had a band called Machine Death, how could we ignore this? We realized that without much thought, we’d wandered into Australian heavy metal’s underbrush.

In the end that’s why we’re calling this compilation Bleak Metal. That and fuck you, that’s why. But also relevant is an article from The Guardian published a few years back now. Writing on Grief No Absolution, Louis Pattison described them/him (who knows?) as bleak metal. Pattison wrote of how the genre name sounded apt enough for such a wintry sounding sound but also of how he felt it appropriate because, well, that’s what Grief No Absolution themselves were calling it.


1. AXXONN From Black’s Void (8:21) (previously unreleased)
2. ABTREIBUNG feat. GRIEF NO ABSOLUTION Blutennacht (5:59) (previously unreleased)
3. AMBROSE CHAPEL Undead (7:36) (previously unreleased)
4. M.0.1.0 (MACHINES OF INDETERMINATE ORIGIN) Fatigue (4:51) (previously unreleased)
5. MACHINE DEATH You Ruin Everything (6:45) (from forthcoming album on New Editions)
6. ALEX WHITE Customer Service Experience (NWA Edit) (7:42) (from ‘Genuine Instability’ on Avant Whatever)
7. NO ANCHOR Dead Pony (2:58) (from ‘Real Pain Supanova’)
8. ANON Spite Moves Downward (7:21) (previously unreleased)
9. SPHERES Ritual 7 (4:43) (from ‘Terra Bethel’)
10. DEAD BOOMERS Superannuation Deficit (8:36) (previously unreleased)
11.DIE ON PLANES Hunting For Teeth (8:59) (previously unreleased)
12. UNDECISIVE GOD Non Play (7:45) (previously unreleased)
13. HEIL SPIRITS Heat 6:10 (from ‘Heat Death’ C12)

Artwork by Alex Gillies,
All music donated by the artists for use in this compilation only, all rights reserved.


“Well this is a revelation. In the 400 or so posts on Ducks Battle Satan, this is the first time that I’ve ever reviewed a compilation … The bands on this run the full spectrum of noise nastiness from the noise/doom/DanFriel-esque of Axxonn, the black metal of Blutennacht to the sine wave crackle noise of Alex White. The mighty psychedelic noise metal of No Anchor makes an appearance in Dead Pony but the absolute killer for me was the track from Dead Boomers which is a glorious exposition of rumbling noise. Another highligh is the Lightning Bolt ferocity of the fantastically lo-fi Dies on Plane’s. Their track Hunting For Teeth starts full of Sword Heaven malevolence before launching into some groovy post-metal throb. In fact there is hardly a dud on this.”
Ducks Battle Satan, February 2012

“Stu Buchanan (with help from Ian Rogers) has put together the latest New Weird Australia compilation called “Bleak Metal” focused on the more avant side of Metal (Avant Metal/Black Metal and other experimental forms). Of the 13 artists only Axxonn and Undecisive God where the ones I am aware of, so lot’s more to discover.”
Twice Removed, August 2011

“Australia comes through once again with the goods, though. On the real. Courtesy of New Weird Australia (you know you love it already, based solely on the name!), here’s a collection of music entitled “Bleak Metal”. That’s about as good of a descriptor as one could hope for, in terms of nailing down what the music is in a clear and concise manner. Essentially a compilation consisting of 13 tracks of music tinkering in the realms of metal and other things. This isn’t your Slayer or Metallica or Pantera, to be certain. It’s heavy sonic seance shit. Big walls of fuzzed out guitars or sludgy numbers swimming in the murky murk or knob twiddling feedback frenzies or straight up droooooooone or sort of industrialized punk frock and ghoul. It’s all here, it’s all hear.”
Grindthieves, July 2011

“Bleak Metal is full of heavy, fucked up and generally ace new music from Australian artists (but then, you could have got all that from looking at the record cover). Particular highlights include Ambrose Chapel’s “Undead”, Axxonn’s “From Black’s Void”, Machine Death’s “You Ruin Everything” and the absolutely epic “Customer Service Experience” from Alex White. There’s a lot of longish, heavy drone here. This is perfect timing for my plans for the weekend, which largely involve testing how loud my stereo can go and, on a completely unrelated topic, pissing off my neighbours who seem to think it’s cool to have loud parties until 5am on a Monday night.”
Life Is Noise, June 2011

“Our newest intern, Tom Hall, has a track from his band Axxon on this comp (the lead off track, no less!). We haven’t heard it yet, but dude seems to have some taste, so we’re hoping it’s awesome. If we find it un-good then we probably won’t tell him anyway;) Dig it!”
Hydra Head Industries, June 2011

New Weird Australia – Axxonn National Tour

In January & February 2011, former Brisbane-based artist AXXONN (Tom Hall) gathered up his keyboards and subsonic fuzz for a trip around the country to support his album ‘Let’s Get It Straight’. The tour was presented by NEW WEIRD AUSTRALIA, and as director of the project, I acted (somewhat sporadically) as the tour manager. The tour marked New Weird Australia’s inaugural national Australian excursion after a string of Sydney events and nearly two years of compilation and artists releases through the label.

We called upon a diverse and eclectic range of acts to feature alongside AXXONN, including BREATHING SHRINE, MYSTIC EYES, SCATTERED ORDER, KASHA, AMBROSE CHAPEL, NO ZU, DOT.AY, ERASERS, CONSTANT LIGHT, OCEANS, CRAIG MCELHINNEY, SPHERES, DIE ON PLANES, GILBERT FAWN, DUO, PEON and BORGIA. This video (shot and edited by Tom, using a remote camera) features a 15-minute Axxonn set, culled from a range of performances across the tour.

New Weird Australia, We Are After All Here

Title: New Weird Australia, We Are After All Here
Catalogue Number: NWA008
Released: February 2011


Sleeve Notes (originally posted on

Last year, we shifted the focus of the New Weird Australia compilation series away from a free-for-all approach to something that would have a sharper curatorial focus. Something you could put handles around (so to speak).  Something you could clearly identify as “a compilation about X or Y or Z”. “We Are After All Here”, volume eight in our compilation series, does have a theme and identity of sorts, but defining it becomes increasingly problematic. Let me explain:

Throughout 2009 and 2010, we were listening to a heap of bands and artists that were clearly starting to coalesce into some form of vague and abstract grouping. Either through sound, technique, image, a reverence for the past, or just a common, skewed take on a hauntalogical notion, there was a broad church emerging that would count these artists among their flock.

Fortunately, no one dared to define it. If you speak of the devil, he’s sure to appear, thus keeping quiet and refusing to conform to definition worked well for all concerned. Having no such definition, and thus having artists co-opted or excluded based solely on the whims of the individual listener, was the perfect scenario.

But, of course, someone had to define it, and in doing so, they killed it. Hipster Runoff dropped ‘chillwave’, The Wire started talking about ‘hypnogogic pop’.  Then followed glo-fi, witch house, drag, screw gaze and so on and so on. (Our favourite remains ‘crunk shoegaze’ – meaningless, yet somehow quite endearing).

The list of artists lumped together under these various microgenres was often contradictory and bafflingly random – they were subsumed to the will of the writer, desperate to force round pegs into square holes. And once this grouping was anointed with such dubious definitions, the scrutiny began – spotlights were shone in all manner of places, and backlashes naturally came thereafter. The edifice soon crumbled.

We, on the other hand, are (after all) here – ‘down under’ – doing our own thing, far removed from such recklessness. We have our own obliquely connected and amoebic group of similar artists, remaining unaffected by trend, hype or weak stylistic interpretation. And it is to this group that we turn for this compilation. If, by virtue of their geography, they had birthed their projects in North America, they might well have all been raped and pillaged by now – raked over the blogeratti coals for their part in an ill-defined ‘scene’.

Although our upside-down location can often be a curse, in this case it’s a blessing – all these artists survived unscathed, their mission no more or less impossible, living another day to ‘fight the good fight’. And we shall leave this group unnamed, for all our sakes. Suffice to say, it’s another new, weird slice through the unsung underground of abnormal Australian music.

Postscript: At the time that this compilation was looking for its own defining title, we were saddened to hear of the passing of Trish Keenan from Broadcast.  As a band that pursued its own unique investigation of such territory and no doubt inspired many of these artists in whole or in part, we chose to draw on a highly pertinent track title from their 2009 release ‘Broadcast And The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults Of The Radio Age’.  And it is to Trish that this release is respectfully dedicated.


1. CAMRYN ROTHENBURY, Racing Across The Void (3:37) from Patina (Grave New World)
2. THE CARNAGE VISORS, Ledge (3:15) from Wailing Walls EP (self-released)
3. RITES WILD, Rites Wild Theme (4:12) from Ill Health & Rites Wild Theme Cassingle (Faux Friends)
4. STITCHED VISION, Healing Pattern (5:38) previously unreleased
5. GUERRE, Travellers Home Blues (2:41) previously unreleased
6. NO ZU, Horoscope (7:02) from New Age EP (New Editions)
7. STRANGE FORCES, Soul Window (6:04) from forthcoming debut EP
8. COLOURS, I’ve Watched You Suffer (6:22) from s/t EP (Free Loving Anarchists)
9. JAVIER FRISCO, Mad Flutes of Strange Incensed Lands (Excerpt) (6:18) from Opiate Southern Gardens of Orchids C60/CD-r (Emerald Cabal)
10. PANEYE, Misery Portholes (2:30) from Lost In A Dark Aquarium (New Editions)
11. YOLKE, Sunrise Eyes / Western Star (7:32) from Poppy Wash EP (Fallopian Tunes)
12. MARK BARRAGE, Rubicon Drive (2:32) from Rubicon Drive EP (self-released)
13. ANDREW SINCLAIR, Ritual Beat / Stolen Drums (5:30) previously unreleased
14. DESFONTANE, Cannibal Cod (3:56) previously unreleased
15. MUNDARING WEIRD, So Hard (6:00) from So Hard (Grave New World)
16. ORBITS, Feel Burn It (3:39) previously unreleased
17. EDWIN MONTGOMERY, Alone In The Museum (2:17) from Travel Ideas (Lesstalk Records)

Compiled by Stuart Buchanan.
Artwork by Camryn Rothenbury,

All music donated by the artists for use in this compilation only, all rights reserved.


Featured in WMFU’s “Free Music Archive – Top 20 Free Albums Of The Year”
Free Music Archive, January 2012

“Focusing on a group of electronic artists steeped in the ominous will of what we would call in the western hemisphere “Hypnogogic Pop” or “Hauntology”. For the most part these guys succeed in distinguishing themselves as a different breed, but all in all it shouldn’t really matter. It’s a pretty good deal, and the quality here is not too shabby.”
Foxy Digitalis, June 2011

“NWA is a non-profit initiative promoting “new, eclectic and experimental Australian music.” Their latest sampler, “We Are After All Here,” succeeds on all three counts. I’d recommend this compiliation on purely break-your-routine grounds, but several tracks stand out; my FLFs (First-Listen Favorites) are Horoscope from NO ZU, Camryn Rothenbury’s Racing Across the Void, and Cannibal Cod by Desfontane.”
Cognitive Buffet, May 2011

“I’m very excited to introduce the eighth and latest New Weird Australia compilation, entitled We Are After All Here [and] a track-by-track description of the release in its myriad glory … Stitched Vision craft blissful electronic drone with billowing, textured furls—not unlike the music of Ben Frost or Tim Hecker … [No Zu’s] soundscape hearkens back to a lost era of electronic psychedelia—reminiscent of both early Kraftwerk and late Roxy Music … The NWA comps have consistently featured music which depart from world-music influences and arrive on the other side of the frontier’s horizon”
Reviler, February 2011

New Weird Australia – Scattered Order at The Excelsior

Scattered Order are one of the most unique bands in the history of Sydney’s experimental and electronic music scene – founders of the M Squared record label in the 1970s, a home for artists such as Systematics and Makers of the Dead Travel Fast, and a beacon for emerging underground artists around the country. Reforming their original line-up in 2009, I shot this video when Scattered Order played a set for New Weird Australia in January 2011 at the Excelsior in Sydney, in support of their new album, ‘Adjust The Terminology’. Joining them on stage was long-term collaborator and renowned producer, Shane Fahey.

Photos: New Weird Australia – Unpopular Music 2010

Photos by Paul Threthni from Unpopular Music 2010 at Red Rattler, featuring Thomas William vs Scissor Lock, Melodie Nelson, Stitched Vision, Mere Women, Scattered Order, TANTRUMS

Download a compilation of live recordings from the event at New Weird Australia.

Unpopular Music 2010, A Benefit for FBi Radio


On Friday 3rd December 2010, New Weird Australia presented the second annual Unpopular Music event at Sydney’s Red Rattler, a benefit for the not-for-profit community station, FBi Radio. Since July 2009, FBi has supported the New Weird Australia project by broadcasting its two-hour show every week. Via this platform, New Weird Australia has given exposure to over 400 innovative and experimental artists from around the country, and Unpopular Music represents the chance to give something back. All of the artists donated their time for the gig, with all proceeds going directly to FBi, helping to ensure the ongoing survival of Sydney’s home of new music.

The six-act line-up was headlined by Scattered Order, one of the most unique players in the history of Sydney’s experimental and electronic music scene – founders of the M Squared record label in 1970s, a home for artists such as Systematics and Makers of the Dead Travel Fast, and a beacon for emerging underground artists around the country. Reforming their original line-up in 2009, Scattered Order played ‘Unpopular Music’ in support of their new album, ‘Adjust The Terminology’.

The bill also included:

  • Tantrums – four-piece midi-evil disco outfit from Melbourne, whose debut release ‘Anomie’ was released via New Weird Australia’s label imprint, New Editions
  • Thomas William vs Scissor Lock – two of Sydney’s best known experimental electronic producers went head-to-head for the first time at Unpopular Music
  • Melodie Nelson – Moonmilk’s Lia Tsamoglou in warped, alt.pop mode
  • Stitched Vision – solo synth / noise / drone project from Newcastle’s Jason Campbell, founder of cassette-label Eternal Solitude
  • Mere Women – dark, minimalistic pop & post punk from recently formed Sydney trio, who previous projects include Ohana, Little A, The Thaw & Bare Arms

FBi Radio is a not-for-profit community radio station and is 100% independent. It relies on the generosity of its supporters to keep it on air and to thus maintain its support of innovative local music.

Photos by Paul Threthni



1. Thomas William vs Scissor Lock – Untitled (Live at Unpopular Music 2010) 22:25
2. Melodie Nelson – Meditations On The Sun (Live at Unpopular Music 2010) 04:28
3. Stitched Vision – Untitled (Live at Unpopular Music 2010) 20:27
4. Mere Women – Sun Rising (Live at Unpopular Music 2010) 03:31
5. Scattered Order – Eat At Joes vs Why (Live at Unpopular Music 2010) 05:49
6. TANTRUMS – Ships (Live at Unpopular Music 2010) 06:04

Catalogue. NWAUM002

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New Weird Australia, The Sound Of Young Canberra

(cross-posted from

‘The Sound Of Young Canberra’ represents the fist compilation in the series to be guest curated and the first to have a specific focus – in this case, a 12-track frozen moment of new music from Canberra in late 2010.  In the following sleeve notes, Shoeb Ahmad from hellosQuare Recordings explains how the compilation came together:

Putting together a compilation is always difficult, especially when you want it to stand out from the rest and even more so when you are trying to concentrate on one thing – in our case, the city that is Canberra.

Some people wonder if anything does actually happen here but if you ever make it to our town, you’ll see that there’s bands playing in backyards and parties, electronic music made in bedrooms and improvisors making a racket in gallery spaces. We listen to The Shadows to Refused, New Order to Ornette Coleman, everything and anything in between before spewing it out into our own unique concoctions of popular music.

The more I listened to the tunes that Tim Guthrie from Dream Damage and myself collected for this compilation, I noticed the similarities to the movement that was ‘The Sound of Young Scotland’ and bands like Josef K, Orange Juice, The Fire Engines and Aztec Camera and the way they cross-pollinated their ideas with a cavalier spirit, much like what I see and hear in many of the bands you hear on this collection.

These twelve tracks are together here for you to listen to what’s going on in our minds, with our sheer single-mindedness to do whatever we want, this here is The Sound Of Young Canberra.

Title: New Weird Australia, The Sound Of Young Canberra
Catalogue Number: NWA007
Released: November 2010



1. POLLEN TRIO, Paleburst (from 230509, hellosQuare 2009)
2. TEDDY TROUBLE, Southward Migration (from The Great Indoors, Dream Damage 2010)
3. SPARTAK, Nightshift (Version) (previously unreleased)
4. JONNY TELAFONE, Doomed In Love (from The Death Posture, self released 2009)
5. FROM THE SOUTH, Lemon In The Way (previously unreleased, from From The South, hellosQuare 2010)*
6. READYMEN, Save That Baby (previously unreleased)
7. REUBEN INGALL, Webbed (from Don’t Give Up, self released 2010)
8 DANGER BEACH, Apache (from Milky Way, Dream Damage 2010)
9. SHOEB AHMAD, Out Of Breath (previously unreleased)
10. ASSASSINS 88, Scanners (previously unreleased)
11. KASHA, Later (previously unreleased, from It Will Come Back/Dot Dot Dash 7″, hellosQuare 2010)
12. BUM CREEK, Bollywood (from Al, Chapter Music 2010)

Selected by Shoeb Ahmad (hellosQuare) and Tim Guthrie (Dream Damage).
Artwork by Heath Killen.

All music donated by the artists for use in this compilation only, all rights reserved.


“Canberra: bustling capital of Australia. Gaze at its natural beauty. Immerse yourself in its rich cultural heritage at its unofficial(?) tourism website. But if you want a real idea of what’s going on in Canberra, take a listen to New Weird Australia’s The Sound of Young Canberra compilation. One of Rose Quartz’s Australian contributors tipped us off way back in August with his Danger Beach mention that something’s been stirring in the Down Under, and this comp proves it.”
Altered Zones, November 2010

“Like its predecessors, it shines a light on an area that is not usually in the listener’s mind when thinking of hot music destinations. Yet there’s some intriguing sounds on this 12 track delight starting with Pollen Trio’s Phillip Glass influenced soundscape called “Paleburst” and ending with Bum Creek’s musical hiccup titled “Bollywood”. There are a lot of different sounds in between but I especially enjoyed the metal punk “Assasin88″ by Scanners, the dronishly pretty Goth ballad “Doomed in Love” by Johnny Telefona, and the indescribably ghostly “Out of Breath” by Shoeb Ahmad. Like the preceding compilations, the music on The Sounds of New Canberra is independently non-commercial yet quite accessible to even the most casual listener.”
Free Albums Galore, April 2011

FBi Album Of The Week
FBi 94.5FM Sydney, December 2010

“I’ve been listening to the New Weird Australia’s The Sound Of Young Canberra compilation for the past few days with a smile on my face. This track by Danger Beach is the one I enjoy the most when it comes around. It weaves little guitar hooks in and out of each other and slowly builds up to a fully fledged horse chase.”
Life Aquatic, December 2010

SYNApproved Feature Artist, Best of 2010
SYN FM Melbourne, December 2010

“The Australian music community collectively lost our shit a little while back when the institution that is New Weird Australia unleashed their Sounds Of Young Canberra compilation. Following the release of a NWA comp, I usually post my two or three fav tracks, but since I’m a bit of a Jonny-post-lately this time (and since other blogs have already pointed out that Apache by Danger Beach is one of the songs of the year) I figured Id devote some space just to Spartak. I’ve no idea who Spartak are. Ive never heard of them before. According to Myspace theyre currently booking a European tour,so I gather that this is more than a couple dudes fucking around in a bedroom. All I know is that I heard the above song and was totally hooked. … Nightshift (Version) reminds me a lot of a demo by Spoon or something. Which is a good thing. Amongst a lot great songs, this is the one I flicked back to first on the comp. I highly recommend you download The Sounds of Young Canberra. Its free. And awesome. Spartak are just the beginning. You will definitely find something you totally dig on there.”
Who The Hell Are They, December 2010

“Thanks to New Weird Australia, The Sound of Young Canberra compilation, I have discovered Danger Beach – the solo project from LA Thomas, one half of Assassins 88 (also part of the compilation.) The featured song Apache comes from his recent album Milky Way, a dreamy and exciting little instrumental which rounds off a rather diverse release – from howling 60’s vocals, to the shimmering essence of dream pop and distorted guitars, listening to Danger Beach is never boring. For my first Canberra related post, I’m feeling rather swell.”
East To West, November 2010

“my favourite edition (thus far) in the New Weird Australia repertoire”
Brockpapers, November 2010