From the NZ Musician magazine, big thanks to Bing Turkby!
This impossibly tight ‘outsider punk’ duo (just drums and bass, with vocals by both performers) can always be counted on to deliver a blasting collection of thought-provoking songs. Recorded at Munki Studios, this release handily showcases the power of the band while keeping the vocals clear enough to be easily understood, which is a huge part of the Assembly experience. This is songwriting with a mission to change the world, commenting on injustice and pointing out the ludicrous. At the same time the songs are musically adventurous, with all the willful unconformity of Mike Watt’s Dos, but an extra tablespoonful of audacious creativity and sheer talent.
Odd time signatures are just normal for Mr Sterile Assembly. They deliver them naturally, rather than as an affected gimmick, because all of this would be irrelevant if it was approached as just a math exercise. The form follows the function of the song. Sometimes that manifests as an a capella section, other times it’s a flurry of distorted bass notes. A jolt of pure creative spirit married to social commentary, and it’s also damn good rocking fun! • Bing Turkby
RNR666, another great blog full of weird sounds from all over. Very happy to be included in this line up.
New Zealand, I like it. Home of some great artists like Axemen, Heart Attack Alley, Delaney Davidson, Stomping Nick, and mr sterile and his company, a bunch of various musicians who working together under the name of mr sterile Assembly from 2004. They have made their latest album as drum and bass duo, so the music is pretty minimal punk
which bring the very early NoMeansNo to my mind when it consisted of the two Wright brothers only. And also bring the Minutemen and English anarcho-punk group CRASS, not just because
“the title track to the album It’s All Over, an anthem to and for the protesters at the front-line of the climate crisis; for Black Lives Matter, for Refugees are Welcome, for No one is Illegal; for resistance, for persistence; for workers struggling to obtain a living wage, decent conditions, a dignified workplace; Occupy, Anonymous, BDS, frontline communities; the opposers of the corporate wars, the oil wars, the water wars, the cyber wars; those fighting for transparency, equity, liberation; old folk connecting with young folk in affinity; for those fighting for potential and hope in health, education, housing; for fighting for freedom of expression from medieval thinking; for the radicals, for the first-timers; for us, for It All, for Everywhere, for freedom, for life!” – said mr sterile.
On their previous album in 2011 there was a bigger assembly with a pretty eclectic music
There come the English avantgarde experimentalist Fred Frith, Dutch anarcho-punk-folk-jazz The Ex, Hungarian psych rock band Másfél and art punk Ápolók to my head. But I could say Captain Beefheart or the Bez Ladu a Skladu from Slovakia too. Or there is the Belgian Morzelpronk, but anyway “they have a distinctive, South Pacific sound based on unusual and urgent time signatures, repetitive heavy rhythms, and angular lyrics.” And it is highly entertaining.
Thank you Yeah I Know It Sucks for the review! YIKIS is a good blog with loads of interesting finds there, worth exploring.
Posted April 8, 2016
Finally I’m back to stay for good at YIKIS. After a hiatus because of house moving, cleaning up an old house, diverse other stuff, I’m ready to review again.
I’ll mainly focus myself on CD and cassette releases. I’ve got a good setup to listen and review your releases with full dedication (it bassicly means I can turn the volume up to 11).
First review is by the band Mr Sterile Assembly. They are a duo that make very very very bassheavy band music. A lot of the times the bass just overwhelms you in such a way that you’re almost hypnotized by it. Differianting between Ska rhythms and freejazz mumbojumbo it really lays the layer for most of the tracks.
The singing on the tracks reminds me of Anne Clark spoken word and Blondie tunes on the female vocal part. The male sings like a angry butcher that will come after you if you don’t do as he tells you. Overall teh singing floats between Atari Teenage Riot angst screaming and the spoken words of the audiobooks you find over at the LibriVox page.
Back to the other sounds. The drumming on this release is done with great precission and is coherent with the bass and the singing. What I’m trying to say is that a lot of practicing, recording, writing and other production values a very high standard.
You can listen to this album on bandcamp, buy it there in digital format, but I strongly recommend to buy it on CD. The package alone is worth the money. It’s very sturdy and comes with a lot of info. It even has the lyrics. And I bet they will put in a postcard with a personal ‘thank you!’ note in it.
Put the in your CD player at home, turn up the volume and let yourself be taken away by the music. You’ll probably find yourself building a private moshpit, like I did!
It’s been a long time coming, but will a feeling of pomp and fanfare we are thrilled that the release date for the new album, It’s All Over, is upon us.
Saturday 5 December, at Moon 1 in Newtown, Wellington we crack a bottle against to bow of this Chanel-clad beasty.
And man are we thrilled with the friends we have sharing the stage with us:
Sendam Rawkustra – that most amazing percussive, free-spirited and redemptive unit from the heart, and is the heart, of Newtown.
Gold Medal Famous– delightful, unafraid, sonic cliffs, squalls and cackles wrestle with the bowels of a disemboweled R2D2 to make you grove.
Antlergram – Barely conventional in a conventional framework, sliding-lines to make you smile, a rambling rumble of wonderfulness.
And DJ’s Kedron and Axelotl, seen on Radio Active Global Roots radio show, with the BEST music from inbetween!
Sendam will kick the event of sharp at 8.30 [don’t be late].
Entry: $10 through the door, $20 through the door with a CD
And here is one last teaser, the title track to the album It’s All Over, an anthem to and for the protesters at the front-line of the climate crisis; for Black Lives Matter, for Refugees are Welcome, for No one is Illegal; for resistance, for persistence; for workers struggling to obtain a living wage, decent conditions, a dignified workplace; Occupy, Anonymous, BDS, frontline communities; the opposers of the corporate wars, the oil wars, the water wars, the cyber wars; those fighting for transparency, equity, liberation; old folk connecting with young folk in affinity; for those fighting for potential and hope in health, education, housing; for fighting for freedom of expression from medieval thinking; for the radicals, for the first-timers; for us, for It All, for Everywhere, for freedom, for life!
A years worth of planning, preparation, working and reworking comes to completion. We welcome our new album It’s All Over.
The task at hand now is to kick them out of home now, to help them make their way into others homes.
This little gem was recorded, mixed and mastered by Mike Gibson ar Munki Studios. We think he captured us well. Have a listen:
About 70 people also need extra thanks for committing to our crowd funding project earlier in the year. The funds raised were used to produce the beaut packaging, mtistly heavy duttg card with full colour printing, minimal plastic, and a pretty colour booklet of lyrics and text. We have started to send out the gifts that each pledged on. We hope you are happy with what you get.
The offical release date is December 5. To mark this we are hosting a show at Moon 1 in Newtown, Wellington. We are very exciting to have some very exciting friends coming along to play as welk. The Glorious Sendam Rawkustra, Antlergram and Gold Medal Famous.
The CD will be available for $20 from shows and our Bandcamp page.
Munki Studio, the home of the NZ’s Secret Intelligence Service, the facility in which we are recording our newest album is in transition. The studios time has come to an end in this current facility and is destined to move in the next few weeks . The building is going to be demolished and included into the park adjacent.
Munki is the studio where we recorded Transit four years ago(much of the art work from that albums package is the hallowed halls of Munki), and the home of the newest album in progress.
We are MOST chuffed to be asked to return with all equipment and to lay down the last actual studio recording. This we did recently, and we were accompanied by the full surveillance of cameras and microphones that documented this final process. All this footage is going to be compiled into the historic document of the end of the old house of spooks, and the cultural significance it has had for many local creative types.
And as a last bash, there is going to be a final party to send the old ship off, this is going to be at Munki across 3 different staged sites. We, among many, will play brief set, to which will be film and broadcast live over the web (I understand it will remain for view after the fact as well). This is all happening today! Saturday 22 August 2015! So you can watch online tonight with your dinner if your elsewhere – streaming starts 4pm NZ time.
As far as the album goes, we are not quite complete of the recording process, perhaps one more session to finish of the vocals etc and then we will be done. This is going to have to happen when the Munki resettles into the new digs in Miramar. But it’s sounding ALL good mate!
So to Mike, Flo & kids, and all the spooks from the nations paranoid history, you treated us real well.
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.
We’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.