Since beginning Astral Skulls in April 2014, Kurt Eckardt has refined his own brand of jagged symphonies which swing back and forth across the pop-spectrum, stopping in at punk, electro and new wave. Marching beats and pulsing bass lines drive listeners through stories of everything from suburbia to outer space.
Also check out Kurt's other band, Heat Wave.
Beef Knuckles are a group of 3 guys who put out a small zine of the same name. Full of comics and words, only 100 are made with each cover hand screenprinted. The past few years they've been busy putting out 6 issues as well as another zine called The Ball Street Journal – a fanzine dedicated to the greatest sport in the world, basketball.
"Shedding their former moniker of Ohms and evolving into a power trio with three lead singers, Pat (guitar, vocals), Lauren (drums, vocals) and Mark (bass, vocals) are sharing the mic, the glory and the harmonies. They'll release their album on local label Psychic Hysteria later this year. Creationism is out. Evolution is in." - Sophie Benjamin
Mares fuse the restlessness of inner-city Melbourne with imagery of oceans and rural bush-scapes. Their driving bass, arching guitars, and intricate pace offer a glimpse into the expansion that exists outside of the city, in open landscapes.
Piss Factory began in a suburban Sydney bedroom, sporadically releasing recordings acoustically and as sound collages. In the summer of 2016 Scout moved to the mean streets of Fitzroy and brought in additional musicians to make the project into a three-piece punk powerhaus – Bianca (the Girl Fridas) on drums and Tom (Made Austria) on bass. If Ratso Rizzo stole a guitar and a copy of ‘Rocket to Russia’, he would be Piss Factory’s fraternal twin. Piss Factory are bittersweet memories, black and white photocopied zines, and hours upon hours of disorted feedback.
Plaster of Paris
Melbourne based three-piece Plaster of Paris are health goths and natural rebels notorious for their fresh-take on old-cake live shows.Guitarist, Ms Sarah Blaby, formerly of Remake Remodel (Melb), is joined by cult singer Zec Zechner of Bracode (Syd) on vocals, and photographer-by-day /drummer-by-night, Nicola Bell. Musically, they have a phantom limb in riot grrrl, and another firmly planted in a self-harming black hole.
Fronted by Deon Slaviero (Voice, Synthesiser and Samples) alongside Joseph Touma (Live Drums and Samples), this duo take elements of dark psych, drone, noise, ambient, and pop to craft their own brand of "Gloomy Synth Wave".