outsider-punk noise experimental rock two-piece from Aotearoa New Zealand

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It’s not over yet

recording We have just completed our intensive period at Munki Studios laying down the 11 rhythm tracks for the new album.

There was, obviously, some anticipation about this process (you may have noticed that we do write songs with stupid parts sometimes). With only the bass and drum kit to focus on, time was able to be allocated to get the maximum, and most interesting, sounds – success!! The phrase ‘better than anticipated’ comes to mind. It’s definitely exciting hearing it come together so solidly.

Watching as all the versions were recorded -errors and all, it seemed we had collected somewhere in the vicinity of six hours of playing; only about 45 minutes of that is what we need for the album. It was certainly an act of endurance -think of it as six hours of five-nine minutes sprints and you’ll start to get an idea of the effort exerted. We broke skins, sticks, skin and cymbals. We played hard, dynamic, and like there was no next take. Well chuffed we are!

There is still plenty of work to do though. Chrissie has a few additional bass parts parts and a couple of other colourful embellishments to add, and then the vocals need to be done. It’s still early days, but needless to say, our expectations are being met (and they can often be unreasonably high). Then there’s the artwork and packaging…

Our crowd-funding project for the production of the CD package continues. To date there are 54 confidence-enhancing contributors. Today we breached the $2k mark – 70% of required target. There is still two weeks to go. If you feel you are able to contribute then we would love you to take a look at our Pozible page which provides much more information.

With our added confidence we are exploring upgrading our CD packaging, more about this later.

We’ve included a wee video to this page with a bit more info on why we think this a good project.

It’s be a monumental few days. Feeling both knackered and elated at the same time, we think we’re definitely making something here that’s gonna give Transit a decent run for its money.

Explanatory video #1 ‘It’s all Over’ — why so special?? from mr sterile on Vimeo.

Useless Shoplifter

Here’s a wee vid film at the recent show in Napier by Vorn I believe – ta.

It’s a newish song called Useless Shoplifter that is about to be recorded for the new album.

enjoy

Useless Shoplifter from mr sterile on Vimeo.

So long and thanks for all the Vietnamese Vina noodle dishes

 

imageWhat a splendid weekend!

Many thanks to all the fine folk in Sydney for the organising, attending and encouraging at the 3 shows we have just played.

The Record Crate, in Glebe, on Friday was grand…who knew the pub owner was an old boy from Palmy, the apple don’t fall far. Huge thanks to Pale Heads from Melbourne, Dead Farmers, and Yes, I’m Leaving for letting us jump on the bill.

imageSaturday was the Sydney Anarchist book fair after party, rocking away in the shop window at Jura Books. The photo to the right is a sculpture in the Addison Rd Community Centre, where the bookfair was held this year – a fantastic space reclaimed from a once-upon-a-time army barrack site.

imageAnd Sunday at Black Wire in Annandale – hard to believe it’s been 4 & 1/2 years since our last show there – great to see it still going and great to see the line up – Arafura, Twinrova and Ted Danson with Wolves

And food! Newtown with it’s vegan/vegetarian Vietnamese (Vina) and Thai (Green Palace) restaurants!!! so good!!

And we found a Catbus hitching a lift on a Totoro too, not bad for a weekend away.image

The ‘It’s all Over!’ Crowd funding fiesta

Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 11.39.27 PMWe’re very happy to be promoting this wee project. On the cusp of heading to Australia tomorrow for three shows, honing the playing in preparation of recording in a couple of weeks, with the ultimate aim of releasing the new album maybe mid-Septemberish, we wish to announce the following companion project.

The new album ‘It’s All Over’ is shaping up to be quite exciting ladies, gents and every other valuable human. ‘It’s All Over’, is the working title of the next 11 songs to be captured to digital format, will be recorded again with Mike Gibson who recorded the last album Transit, and let loose into the world. These are tales of invisible histories, entities real and imaginary, victories real, successes dubious and realities and lives defined by the margins they exist in.

And we reach out to all you interested readers and listeners to help with our crowd funding efforts. We are self funding the recording to the best standard we can, the production of the physical product is what we’re asking help with. And we’re dishing out the rewards/gifts for those willing to participate, please jump to the Pozible site to explore in depth.

We have played with crowdfunding in the past, and it’s been a lot of work but also enormous fun. It seems to be a brilliant platform for connecting with others interested in supporting what we do. It’s an interesting thing, from a musicians perspective, to already have generated interest and commitment from interested listeners BEFORE an albums released, a hum is created and this generates further motivation and commitment to the project.

So we thank you in advance for the participation. And if you are not in a position to financially contribute, then no worries, these are tough times, the album will be available soon enough via bandcamp to stream, perhaps you can simple share across your online networks. We will be most appreciative.

With our utmost thanks in advance.

A Gland Down Under

Black wire gig 2015It’s been quite a while…..quite a while.

But we are very pleased to say, hooray, we’re going back to Sydney, very soon…this weekend!

We have 3 shows in Sydney.

Friday June 12 : Venue – The Record crate : Pale Heads (LP release party) , Yes I’m Leaving, Dead Farmers, (& us) $10, 8pm

Saturday June 13 : Venue –Sydney Anarchist Bookfair After Party 2015Jura Books : with A Commoner’s Revolt, Slyng Shot and Cap a Capo (& us). 142 Addison Road Marrickville

Sunday June 14 : Venue : Black Wire Records : with Ted Danson with Wolves, Twinrova, Arafura (& us). Starts 3pm, $10, All ages show, BYO …(Really looking forward to this….LOVE Ted Danson with Wolves)!!

Therefore, see you across the ditch! We’re predicting it’ll be a blast.

Raging against your machine

 

 

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