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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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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kyü at Unpopular Music

kyü are an experimental pop outfit from Sydney featuring Freya Berkhout and Alyx Dennison. I shot this single-take of their performance of ‘Sunny In Splodges’ at Unpopular Music 2009, at The Red Rattler in Sydney on 7th November 2009.

Unpopular Music was a benefit for FBi Radio co-presented by New Weird Australia, Unputdownable & Sunday Night At The Movies featruing PIMMON & JEFF BURCH (Solo Sets & Debut Live Collaboration as Mandala Trap), KYU, ANON, SCISSOR LOCK, ANNA CHASE, NICK WISHART (Toydeath), Kevin Purdy (Tooth), Tim Ritchie (Sound Quality, ABC Radio National) and Tom Smith.