REVIEW: Mekigah – The Serpent’s Kiss CD, 2011

MEKIGAH The Serpent's Kiss CD, 2011

MEKIGAH The Serpent's Kiss CD, 2011


MEKIGAH
The Serpent’s Kiss
CD, 2011
This CD is many types of metal, all at the same time. It’s like a cross between My Dying Bride and Dead Can Dance. It’s heavy and epic as a motherfucker. The production lends itself to headbanging and air-piano playing, or so I’ve been told. They have the male/female vocal thing down. The music of “In The Garden” sounds like Mercyful Fate crossed with Enya. It’s the kind of unique plot twist that heavy metal needs to keep my attention. This album requires repeated listenings. Dream Theater meets Yanni? Wait, there is some saxophone, so maybe King Diamond plus Kenny G? Gothic jazz metal. Absolutely unique.
Ian C Stewart

REVIEW: Squeegeed Clean – Synchronised Fucking Up And Pre-Emptive Flashbacks CD, 2011

Squeegeed Clean - Synchronised Fucking Up And Pre-Emptive Flashbacks CD, 2011

Squeegeed Clean - Synchronised Fucking Up And Pre-Emptive Flashbacks CD, 2011


SQUEEGEED CLEAN
Synchronised Fucking Up And Pre-Emptive Flashbacks CD, 2011
http://squeegeedclean.bandcamp.com

This CD compiles two previous releases of this Aussie posse, which includes Skot, Graz, amd Funkmeister G, I think. This is the cleanest and most polished avant garde noise free jam love I’ve heard in a while. Guitars, synths, drum machines and percussion, often with tons of echo and delay. The first nine tracks date from 2005, the last four were made in 2009, but the sound is coherent, cohesive, tight and professional as far as this type of thing usually goes. Meaning no huge volume spikes or anything else that will blow out your eardrums and/or speakers.
Ian C Stewart

INTERVIEW: Swerve

Swerve

Swerve


AUTOreverse #14, Summer 2011
SWERVE
interviewed by
Skot Schtickla

Swerve has been a part of the Sydney music scene, in particular the experimental music scene for as long as I’ve been around of it. I first met him in the mid nineties sometime as his label had organized gigs which they had asked my band at the time to be a part of and also I had witnessed insane shows that contained Swerve and other acts from his label Dual Plover that I’d never seen or heard anything like before! Generally challenging musically in many ways but also also visually spectacular and energetic unlike a lot of ‘noise’ shows which can be great to listen to but dull to look at. I noticed that never with Swerve or any of the associated acts you would get this, they always went off in some way and had fun.
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INTERVIEW: Greg Stomberg of Syberite, etc.

Stomberg Susnara

Stomberg Susnara

AUTOreverse #14, Summer 2011
GREG STOMBERG
questtons by
Scott Stikla

When did you first become aware/ interested in sound in general and what do you remember of your earliest ‘hearing ‘experiences whether musical or not?
When I was in kindergarten we got out of class early because jfk was shot, one of my earliest memories, then in feb i remember running across the street yelling ‘the beatles are on tv, the beatles are on tv’, we made guitars out of boards and rubber bands in 1964 when i was 6 or 7, a great year, well, not for jfk i guess.
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INTERVIEW: Graham Halliday aka Funkmeister G interviewed by Skot Schtikla

Funkmeister G

Funkmeister G

AUTOreverse #14, Summer 2011
FUNKMEISTER G aka
GRAHAM HALLIDAY
interview
by Skot Schtikla

Graham Halliday is mainly known in the recording guise of Funkmeister G.

Born in Ireland and then living in Perth, Western Australia for a few years, he is Sydney-based and has lived in just about every suburb of the ‘inner west’ since he was a kid. He produced Chunky Yet Funky zine in the 90’s when I first came across him and some of my earliest memories of G are him calling me on the phone and then not really saying much except ‘listen to this’ and then he would play me everything from a dictaphone or tape deck old jazz, Sun Ra, Captain Beefheart to some of what I assumed to be his own noise recordings down the phone which with the old land-line would pretty much come across as 20 minutes of distorted fuzz!
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