New Weird Australia



In 2009, I founded New Weird Australia – an initiative designed to promote and support new eclectic and experimental Australian music through a variety of unique projects.  Neither one genre nor another, New Weird Australia put the spotlight on a new breed of innovative Australian artists and challenges our understanding of what music should be.

New Weird Australia 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 26-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 Radio and a nationwide series of live shows.

New Weird Australia concluded its operations in January 2015. The full New Weird Australia project archive can be found via links below, acting as a record of a unique and vibrant period in the outer limits of Australian music.


Catalogue.

NWA001 New Weird Australia, Volume One
NWA002 New Weird Australia, Volume Two
NWA003 New Weird Australia, Volume Three
NWA004 New Weird Australia, Volume Four
NWA005 New Weird Australia, Volume Five
NWA006 New Weird Australia, Volume Six
NWA007 New Weird Australia, The Sound Of Young Canberra
NWA008 New Weird Australia, We Are After All Here
NWA009 New Weird Australia, Bleak Metal
NWA010 New Weird Australia, Vox
NWA011 New Weird Australia, New Editions Sampled
NWA012 New Weird Australia, Western Schism
NWA013 New Weird Australia vs Fallopian Tunes, Gloss & Moss
NWA014 New Weird Australia, Sixes And Twelves
NWA015 New Weird Australia, Rural, Regional & Remote
NWA016 New Weird Australia ‚ the NOW now 2014
NWA017A New Weird Australia, Passages, Volume One
NWA017B New Weird Australia, Passages, Volume Two
NWA017C New Weird Australia, Passages, Volume Three

NWAB001 New Weird Australia, Broadcast One
NWAB002 New Weird Australia, Broadcast Two
NWAB003 New Weird Australia, Broadcast Three
NWAB004 New Weird Australia, Broadcast Four

NWAUM001 Unpopular Music 2009
NWAUM002 Unpopular Music 2010
NWAUM003 Unpopular Music 2011


Events.

2012-09 WESTERN SCHISM LAUNCH – CRAIG MCELHINNEY, CHRIS COBILIS, ERASERS, JAMES IRELAND, FURCHICK, SAM GILLIES, GULLS, ELEVENTEEN ESTON, OUROBONIC PLAGUE, JAVIER FRISCO, PREDRAG DELIBASIC, SOLAR BARGE, SALAMNDER, BROWN at The Bakery, Perth
2012-09 FILTHY CHILDREN AT THE SYDNEY FRINGE at 5 Eliza, Sydney
2012-07 GLOSS PARTY – SPEED PAINTERS, DOCUMENT SWELL, MATTHEW BROWN, JACOB SILVER, CALL ME PROFESSOR
2012-07 VAGRANT #8 – HOLY BALM, ASPS, MAJOR CRIMES, BEIGE ABRASION at Format, Adelaide
2012-07 VAGRANT #7 – TERRIBLE TRUTHS, PER PURPOSE, GUNNS, HAMJAM at Dada, Perth
2012-07 VAGRANT #6 – PER PURPOSE, RITES WILD, DOCTOPUS, CRAIG MCELHINNEY at Galleria, Perth
2012-07 VAGRANT #5 – SCATTERED ORDER, DRACOPEDE, THE MERMAIDS at Terrace Bar, Newcastle
2012-07 VAGRANT #4 Brisbane – NO ANCHOR, THE RATIONAL ACADEMY, ANONYMEYE VS AMBROSE CHAPEL at The Waiting Room, Brisbane
2012-07 VAGRANT #3 – TALKSHOW BOY, SCRAPS, FEET TEETH at The Waiting Room, Brisbane
2012-07 VAGRANT #2 – NAPS, WOOSHIE, KANE IKIN, BABA X, ZANZIBAR CHANEL at The Workers Club, Melbourne
2012-06 VAGRANT #1 – GUERRE, SCISSOR LOCK, MAJOR NAPIER at Serial Space, Sydney
2012-01 THE LOW LIGHT SOCIAL – TETRAS, KANGAROO SKULL, KASHA, THOMAS WILLIAM, SPARTAK, DANGER BEACH, MORNINGS at Childers Street, Canberra
2012-01 ANALOGUE TO DIGITAL 7 – WHITE LIGHT / WHITE HEAT – CRAIG MCELHINNEY, OUROBONIC PLAGUE, FURCHICK, BRAIN FULL OF LIGHT, NO HAND PATH, K WILSON, SCITECH HIGH VOLTAGE SHOW at Scitech, Perth

2011-12 UNPOPULAR MUSIC – STRANGE FORCES, ZEAHORSE, SECRET BIRDS, SCATTERED ORDER, THOMAS WILLIAM VS SCISSOR LOCK, MONOLITH, ANNA CHASE, UND, DJs PAUL GOUGH, JACK SHIT & OCTOPUS PI at Dirty Shirlows, Sydney
2011-11 NEW WEIRD AUSTRALIA LIVE – RITES WILD, BLACK VANILLA & PIMMON at Black Wire, Sydney
2011-10 TSH: XVIII – SPARTAK, BRAIN DRAIN, THE DEADLY NIGHTSHADES Sydney
2011-06 NEW WEIRD AUSTRALIA LIVE – FORENZICS, DOMEYKO/GONZALES, JUSGO MOSH, ROBOT HOUSE at FBi Social, Sydney
2011-05 NEW WEIRD AUSTRALIA LIVE – THE SOUND OF YOUNG CANBERRA with SAVAGES, KASHA, REUBEN INGALL, SHOEB AHMAD at FBi Social, Sydney
2011-04 NEW WEIRD AUSTRALIA LIVE – UNDERLAPPER, CLEPTOCLECTICS VS SCISSOR LOCK, EDWIN MONTGOMERY at FBi Social, Sydney
2011-01.02 AXXONN National Tour – with BREATHING SHRINE, SCATTERED ORDER, CONSTANT LIGHT, BORGIA, OCEANS, SPHERES, DUO, AMBROSE CHAPEL, DIE ON PLANES, DOT.AY, ERASERS, GILBERT FAWN, CRAIG MCELHINNEY, MYSTIC EYES, NO ZU, PEON – Sydney, Canberra, Hobart, Devonport, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne

2010-12 UNPOPULAR MUSIC – SCATTERED ORDER, TANTRUMS, CLEPTOCLECTICS VS SCISSOR LOCK, MELODIE NELSON, STITCHED VISION, MERE WOMEN at Red Rattler, Sydney
2010-12 SOUND SERIES – TAILINGS, AEMON WEBB, DUAL UZIS, LUCIA DRAFT, BLAKE FREELE, KIM ONO AT Hardware Gallery, Sydney
2010-07 NEW WEIRD AUSTRALIA LIVE – ANONYMEYE, ERASERS, AMBROSE CHAPEL, TR-10 (LUKASZ KARLUK & GENTLEFORCE) at Red Rattler, Sydney
2010-06 REFRACTION – TOM HALL, HORSE MACGYVER, KUSUM NORMOYLE, JORDAN DORJEE at Serial Space, Sydney
2010-03 NEW WEIRD AUSTRALIA LIVE – PAINT YOUR GOLDEN FACE, ALPS, CAUGHT SHIP, KAROSHI at St Petersburg, Sydney

2009-11 UNPOPULAR MUSIC – PIMMON & JEFF BURCH, KYU, ANON, SCISSOR LOCK, ANNA CHASE, NICK WISHART, KEVIN PURDY, TIM RITCHIE, TOM SMITH at Red Rattler, Sydney
2009-10 NEW WEIRD AUSTRALIA AT SOUND SUMMIT – CASTINGS, BLASTCORP, GUGG, HOLY BALM, ALPS, KYU, MOONMILK, LUCIA DRAFT, POLYFOX AND THE UNION OF THE MOST GHOSTS, BRUTAL HATE MOSH, GO GENRE EVERYTHING, FAUX PAS at Arthive / Renew Newcastle Church / Festival Club (Masons), Newcastle


Further Listening.

New Editions Catalogue
Wood And Wire Catalogue
New Weird Australia Radio

New Weird Australia identity by Heath Killen.