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