Emily Grantham review from Life Is Noise

Life Is Noise has reviewed Emily Grantham‘s release ‘Chocolate Syrup’ on Wood & Wire.

They noted its “trippy and unnerving blend of synth, vocal samples and discordance“, ultimately finding it “brilliant and damn creepy“.

In their own words: “Life is noise exists to bring interesting, independent, unique, challenging and just plain fucked-up music to Australia and the world”. Get more at lifeisnoise.com.

Three new projects marking three years of New Weird Australia

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

(cross posted from newweirdaustralia.com)

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 woodandwire.com.au.

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 outputdevice.tumblr.com.  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 newweirdaustralia.com.  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.

Emily Grantham Podcast

Wood & Wire artist Emily Grantham played a special live-to-air set on the New Weird Australia radio show on 15th March 2012, and talked about her work and future plans. The set featured four new tracks, not available on her Chocolate Syrup record – the second release on the Wood & Wire label. The interview and live set are now available as a podcast from New Weird Australia:

DOWNLOADNWA Podcast #25. Emily Grantham, Live-to-air Set & Interview

BOK Darklord, Chapter One

Wood & Wire’s third release, BOK Darklord‘s Lulu, is the second record from the pairing of Buttress O’Kneel and Lucas Darklord. The first chapter arrived in 2009, a track-by-track cover of Led Zeppelin’s fourth album, using no source-material but the original songs themselves.

Described as both “an extremity that will perhaps awaken the sleeping Rock Gods, dormant since Bonham’s untimely vomit-inhaling demise” and “a rock-purist’s worst nightmare, and a sample-police’s greatest dream”, download BOK Darklord‘s debut for free at Alias Frequencies.

Peon ‘Inter Alia’ (Wood And Wire)

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Sleeve Notes.

Peon’s third release, Inter Alia sees Melbourne’s drumming duo hit the studio with Lloyd Swanton on both production and bass duties and the acknowledged doyen of the mixing desk, Casey Rice, looking after the sonics. This record documents a nexus, the coming together of the unadorned enjoyment of improvised sound with a leaner, song-like aesthetic. For two days, the team holed up in Headgap Studios, they searched, they found. Seven pieces that tessellate intriguingly to make a whole.

Music for the hipster’s fallout shelter.

“a masterful piece of largely-percussive improvisation, that ebbs and flows, rising up majestically and then quieting back down to a brooding mess”
Life Is Noise

“…labels aren’t that important to Peon; they’re just keen to make striking atmospheric experimental music with a groove. It’s all about mood for these guys, and they maintain it effortlessly without forgoing their roots.”
The Music

“Fusing jazz improv and almost subliminal electronic manipulations with ritualistic rhythmic patterns, Peon create a sinuous sojourn through the echoing halls of psych mantra”
Sonic Masala

“Fascinating electro acoustic sounds from Melbourne act Peon, who are part of new experimental label Wood and Wire. Co-produced by Lloyd Swanton of local improv legends The Necks, this could be the start of something good.”
Bandcamp Hunter 

“an improvisation-based album that is both foreboding yet familiar … ‘Selva’ contains warm drone synths not dissimilar to the sounds conjured up by Boards of Canada or Crystal Castles with a whole suite of scattered percussion strewn across the track …an ideal winter album for days spent indoors”
Cyclic Defrost 


Realising that drummers share a unique (sometimes monosyllabic) language of their own. In mid-2010, Sam and Ronny decided to set their drums up in the same room and see what transpired. The drums (as they are wont to do) birthed all kinds of melodic possibilities in their collective brain. These melodies found a natural home on other exotic instruments.

Peon prioritise the transcendent moment but refuse to bottle it for later use, making every iteration right for that moment.
An informed post-rock improv agenda powers the Peon machine, strictly no re-hashing or copping out from where it needs to be. Maximal hypnoticism for those who crave it.

Peon have toured around Australia, released two records, have collaborated with Lloyd Swanton, Miroslav Bukovsky, Casey Rice and are releasing their third and most accomplished recording to date ‘ ‘Inter Alia’ on Wood and Wire.

Peon on Soundcloud
Sam Price & Peon on Bandcamp


1. No Second Acts (03:39)
2. Distension (08:51)
3. Selva (04:11)
4. Slinky (06:05)
5. Life Coach (08:24)
6. Modern Music (06:18)
7. Io (11:07)


Sam Price ‘ drums/laptop/synths
Ronny Ferella ‘ drums/melodica/ngoni/analogue effects
Lloyd Swanton ‘ contrabass, tracks 6 & 7 (Double bass made, and kindly loaned, by Benedict Puglisi)
Production ‘ Lloyd Swanton and Peon
Recording / Mixing / Mastering ‘ Casey Rice
Tracks 1-5 composed and performed by Peon
Tracks 6&7 composed and performed by Peon and Lloyd Swanton
Cover Photography by Lloyd Swanton

Catalogue. WW1