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#48.5: This half sized issue of Distort is intended as a program guide for Al Montfort’s live debut as Snake at the Sydney Opera House and for Distort subscribers. Limited copies available.
#48: A tribute to Al Montfort, Snake, who has spent the last decade playing in some of Melbourne's most active underground bands - Straightjacket Nation, The UV Race, Total Control, Dick Diver, East Link and Lower Plenty.
#47: Interviews with Brando's Island, Justin K Fuller and Moon Rituals, a piece by Jess Johnson who illustrated the art on the cover, a piece by Jesse Thomas about the YDI record Black Dust, and some writing on choice modern psychedelic, hardcore and psychotic electronic music: Glue, Blotter, Puce Mary, Culo, Long Knife, Perspex Flesh, Martyr Privates, Goosebumps.
#46: Tribute to Crisis. Featuring an extract from the rewritten Crisis chapter from Death In June book Misery and Purity, and several old fanzine cuttings of reviews and interviews.
Distort Cleveland #1 & 2: Scrapbook of newscuttings, photos, fliers, lyrics and fanzine interview extracts on Cleveland music in the wake of Electric Eels and Rocket From The Tombs.
Life Stinks I Like The Kinks #1, #2, #3: Writing on The Kinks, fanatacism, drunkenness and cruelty.
Distort cassette releases (free to subscribers):
DISCS1: GAUD GP (tense acid industrial from Melbourne)
DISCS2: CONTOUR Year of the Hunter (improv mess, members of Iceage, Total Control, Puce Mary, Oath, Lower, Damien Dubrovnik etc.)
Distort Backissues (some available here):
DISTORT #45 - Dribble 7"
DISTORT #44 - Interviews and conversations with Dribble / Gutter Gods, Jon Roffe (philosopher), HTRK, Constant Mongrel, Loke Rahbek, Ray Brassier (philosopher) and Jock Club.
DISTORT #43 - Interviews and conversations with Dribble / Gutter Gods, Lakes, Puce Mary, Oily Boys, Low Life, Vanessa Amara, Lucy Cliche, Prolife and author S.T. Lore.
DISTORT #42 - Features interviews with Omegas, The Throb, Beastianity, Red Red Krovvy, Drew Gates and NS Mayhem. Writing on E.M. Cioran, Justin Fuller, Oily Boys, Wet Cloth, Soma Coma, Hyperspace Vision, Croation Amor, LR, X-TG / Throbbing Gristle, Lakes, The Clean, Constant Mongrel, U202, Destruction Unit.
DISTORT #41 - Featuring interviews with The Hunches, Night Prowler and Aaron Aspinwall (The Repos). Writing on Harry Crews, Repairs, Lost Domain, Waste Management, Factorymen, Jackman, Harald Grosskopf, Whores, Inservibles, Vile Gash, Schizophasia, Bits of Shit, Salvation, No Balls.
DISTORT #40 - Grabbies live 7" reissue
DISTORT #39 - Avon Ladies 7"
DISTORT #38 - Writing on Mugger / Ilegal / CCR / Rule of Thirds / Peste / Absurdo / Holy Terror (Gehenna / Catharsis / Inside Front) / Ausmuteants / Discipline Mag / Low Life / Peacebreakers
DISTORT #37 - Interviews with: Eddy Current Suppression Ring / Brainwashed Youth / Lakes / Bloodclot Faggots / the Inmates / Stab / Negative Guest List Writing on: The Stains / the Kinks / Folded Shirt / Iron Age / Degreaser / Kriegshog / Artificial Peace
DISTORT #36 - Interviews with: Mike Rep / Billy Bao / Greg Lowery Experience / Avon Ladies / Boston Strangler / Crazy Spirit / Negative Guest List / Bed Wetting Bad Boys Writing on: Human Mess / Antidote / Throbbing Gristle / Pushead / Puffy Areolas / Rival Mob / Gehenna / Naked On The Vague / Out Cold / Double Negative / The Zingers / Folded Shirt / FNU Ronnies / Gary War / Sixx / h100's
DISTORT #35 - Insurgents 7"
DISTORT #34 - UV Race pornography
DISTORT #32 & 33 - DISTORT retrospective
DISTORT #31 - Interview with Iron Curtain, Poikkeus / writing on Flesh World, Inmates, FU's, Black Flag, Condominium, Crazy Spirit, Nightprowler, Waste Management, Sweet Tooth, Royal Headache, William S Burroughs, Dennis Hopper, Siltbreeze, Pisschrist
DISTORT #30 - Eddy Current Suppression Ring 7"
DISTORT #29 - split with Counterfeit Garbage
DISTORT #28 - Interviews with Royal Headache, Lou Barlow (on Deep Wound / Last Rights / Dinosaur Jr), Born Bad, Scarcity Of Tanks, Criminal Damage, Video Disease, No Tolerance, Rival Mob, Home Blitz
DISTORT #27 - All Foreign Junk (MRR columns)
DISTORT #26 - Interview with Rikk Agnew (re: All By Myself)
DISTORT #25 -Extortion / Jed Whitey 7"
DISTORT #24 - SKRAPYARD
DISTORT #23 - Interviews with Waste Management, Watery Love, Wasted Time / writing on Straightjacket Nation tour of SE Asia (Indo, Malaysia, Singapore)
DISTORT #22 - Writing on the Christian hardcore of Dry Rot / loads of reviews
DISTORT #21 - Interviews with Sex/Vid, Shock Values (Split with RATCHARGE fanzine)
DISTORT #20 - Flyin' Tricechos 7"
DISTORT #19 - Interviews with Lebenden Toten, Blank Stare, Homosexual Tourists, Napalm Hearts / a Hardcore 2008 dicksuck / RIP Ron Asheton and Lux Interior
DISTORT #18 - Interviews with Condominium, Brain Handle / Straightjacket Nation US Tour Diary
DISTORT #17 - Interviews with Gag Reflex, Homostupids, Puncture Wound, Darvocets
DISTORT #16 - Interview with Fucked Up / Writing on Clockcleaner, Draft Dodger, Poison Idea lyrics
DISTORT #15 - Sex/Vid, Voorhees, Smash N Grab, Disclose / GISM collector scum guide by Spider
DISTORT #14 - Cold Sweat / Subversion / The State / Distroy / bullshit on Black Flag
DISTORT #13 - Extortion / The Mormons / Bill Bondsmen / Voices Wake Us / Cardiac Arrest / Out Cold
DISTORT #12 - Annihilation Time / Formaldehyde Junkies / World Burns To Death / Pisschrist tour photo diary
DISTORT #11 - Masstrauma / Regulations / Thought Criminals / writing on 60's punk, Warning Fanzine, Peter Laughner
DISTORT #10 - Interview with Luke Dolan re: Arms Reach / writing on Schism Fanzine (uh...) and racial politics and hardcore.
DISTORT #9 - Interview with Chris Colohan re: Left For Dead / Japanese hardcore rumourmill / writing on Disclose, Severed Head of State, Upstab, Urban Blight / top 5 split LP's (uh...)
DISTORT #8 - Interview with Chris Erba re: h100's, The Ruiners and Upstab / writing on Alone In A Crowd, Roky, Fucked Up, Haymaker, Negative Approach, The Repos, Think I Care, The Testors / a reprint from Breakout fanzine of the 10 Ten Hardcore Records That Were Never Released (Haliechuk)
DISTORT #7 - INTEGRITY, CLEVELAND HARDCORE
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Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Finally… the first tape releases on Distort are going out.
Contour was, or is, Anton Rothstein, DX, Julia Nowak, Frederikke Hoffmeier, Loke Rahbek & Elias Bender Rønnenfelt.
Gaud: Second tape release from Gaud. Tense acid industrial from Melbourne.
Free to Distort subscribers, order here.
Monday, September 28, 2015
DISTORT CLEVELAND #2 AVAILABLE NOW HERE.
Leon from SSEX / EX Film asked I contribute material for the video release of Destroy Cleveland, a documentary on 90’s Cleveland hardcore, and this issue of Distort Cleveland was motivated by digging through the back-issues of Distort for content. I tried to retain a little content of the 70’s bands, because I want to assert the link, a shared affection for absurdity, an extreme approach to the playing from a nihilistic or extremely skeptical position.
Monday, June 1, 2015
Scrapbook of newscuttings, photos, fliers, lyrics and fanzine interview extracts on Cleveland music in the wake of Electric Eels and Rocket From The Tombs.
Some of the other bands featured: Pagans, The Mirrors, Miriam Linna (Cramps), Homostupids, h100's, The Guns, Integrity, Ringworm, The Inmates, Dave E and the Cool Marriage Counsellors, GSMF, Cinderella Backstreet, Nine Shocks Terror, The Lepers.
A tribute to Al Montfort, Snake, who has spent the last decade playing in some of Melbourne's most active underground bands - Straightjacket Nation, The UV Race, Total Control, Dick Diver, East Link and Lower Plenty. From mutant glam punk to psychotic hardcore to damaged post punk to feral dole wave, Snake has made a huge impact on the sound and drive of contemporary Australian music.
In 2013, Douglas Lance Gibson interviewed Al and I about our playing in bands together for the past ten years, and shot some photographs of us. The bulk of this issue is this interview and photographs. Also in this issue is an interview by Tim Scott with Al Montfort and a complete to time of printing discography of his recording career, numbering a significant 66 releases.
This half sized issue of Distort is intended as a program guide for Al Montfort’s live debut as Snake at the Sydney Opera House. It contains two documents.
Hate, Power & People is a document written over Summer 2015 that Snake prepared as lyrics for Terry, Russel St Bombings, Total Control and Snake.
Snake Songbook is the document he prepared for the members of the Snake & Friends band, and is printed to prepare one for the chord progressions when singing along.
This is also intended as a supplement to subscription copies of Distort #48, an issue dedicated to my friendship with Al, with whom I have played in bands for over ten years. If you have a subscription, this will be mailed to you with #47 and #48.
Establishing a thinking about music and writing about music that is unsympathetic to academic resonance or market value is very important. Distort is in this spirit. I lay in bed and listen to the city and think about Sakevi plotting revenge. He knows what you did.
Modern Melbourne comedown: interviews with Brando's Island, Justin K Fuller and Moon Rituals, a piece by Jess Johnson who illustrated the art on the cover, a piece by Jesse Thomas about the YDI record Black Dust, and some writing on choice modern psychedelic, hardcore and psychotic electronic music: Glue, Blotter, Puce Mary, Culo, Long Knife, Perspex Flesh, Martyr Privates, Goosebumps.
Friday, February 20, 2015
I sweated on writing up the Crisis 2xLP for this issue of Distort. It is an absolute monument. Paco (La Vida Es En Mus) has presented it with confidence. It is short on information about the band, but it does provide enough to provoke the curiosity. There is something charming about the absence of an aggressive series of liner notes about what justifies these songs not being mere compressed audio files.
Paco provided me with some of the content that was rejected from the LP artwork, compiled with the intention that you would read it while listening to Crisis, that is to say, while marching. No pig sympathy.
The bulk of this issue is an extract from ‘Better Dead Than Red’, the rewritten and expanded Crisis chapter from the Death In June book MISERY AND PURITY. It resolved many questions I had about Crisis lyrics, which do not appear in any of the reissued compilations.
Shortly available in the US from Feel It and in the UK from La Vida Es Un Mus. Available now from the Distort bigcartel. Updated the distro with new records from Soma Coma, Russell St Bombings, Scab Eater, and the new issue of Life Stinks I Like The Kinks.