In order to whet your collective appetites for a soon-to-ensue deluge of rare late 70's/early 80's Australian underground material (both released and unreleased, including reams of rare Severed Heads and SH-related material) which Mutant Sounds friend Marcusholst has generously agreed to share, I've decided to present an assortment of unreleased Australian underground sounds from two of the era's finer outfits. This material originates from CDR compilations which were obtained in trade from Phil Turnbull (ex-member of Voigt/465 & Wild West) who runs the extraordinary Aussie underground music information site No Night Sweats and who has been one of the true keepers of the flame for this stuff for all these years. As an adjunct to these recordings (and a necessary crash course for those of you not really familiar with the glorious sounds of Australia's post punk heyday), I urge you to pay a visit to his site and investigate, not least because he's made available a huge raft of unreleased material from the period, which he's posted as MP3's in association with Tom Ellard at Sevcom and which links off the top of the main No Night Sweats page Here
Rightly considered to be one of the brightest lights of the Aussie post punk scene, The Makers Of The Dead Travel Fast walked a highwire between the sort of languid electronic pastoralism Eno was plying on Another Green World's instrumental passages and an unobvious take on post punk angularity that would have been right at home on Cherry Red Records. On their entirely instrumental early material here, the watery Eno-ism's take center stage, though the consistent use of out of tune piano gives everything a just-slightly-sour edge that's rather haunting. Their live material could often be mistaken for the work of another band, as their more rocking remit here (albeit obtusely rocking) makes them sound like they should have been sharing stages with Tuxedomoon back in the day.
The Systematics engagingly rinky dink keyboard settings and Wurlitzler preset sounding rhythms on this recording have the same fragile peculiarity as fellow Aussie's Essendon Airport, which makes for an appealing frisson when it rubs up against their more dour post punk song structured impulses.
NEW LINK FOR TMOTDTF-EARLY RECORDINGS!
Get The Makers Of The Dead Travel Fast-Early Recordings Here
Get The Makers Of The Dead Travel Fast-live part one Here
Get The Makers Of The Dead Travel Fast-live part two Here
Get The Systematics-Demos Here