Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Review - Beast & Flood's Lanugo and Tour Dates

Sydney trio Beast & Flood have graced the pages here a few times over the past twelve or so months, ever since I saw them play an energising set at Blackwire Records supporting Roku Music on their national Collider tour. The band are finally bringing out debut LP Lanugo and it's as chaotic, guttural, twitchingly melodic and fearlessly verbose. Opener 'Gold Maids' is indicative of the piano-wire strikes and emotive strangulation that these guys deliver in sonic cyanide capsule form. There is an affinity with Adelaide's Sincerely, Grizzly and Texan titans At The Drive In and ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - the frenetic fretwork, the bearing of sinew and soul, the anguish, ambiguity and absurdity of life. Adam's vocals will be an acquired taste to some - each word is ripped from the throat, an involuntary expulsion of pent-up existentialism and ennui. but there are moments of synchronicity amidst the gnashing and gurning.

Lanugo is out June 22 on No Safe Place Records. They tour the album through June/July/August - see below for dates and supports:

25/06 - RAD, Woollongong w/ Milkk, Solid Effort
26/06 - Blackwire, SYD w/ Hannahband, Polyfox & the Union of Most Ghosts
09/07 - Rics, BRIS w/ On VHS
10/07 - The Bearded Lady, BRIS w/ Ghost Notes, Draining Pool, Low Season
11/07 - Beatdisc, Parramatta w/ Carb On Carb + Bare Grillz + Sweater Season
16/07 - Phoenix, Canberra w/ Primary Colours + Mind Blanks
17/07 - The Metropolitan, Adelaide w/ No Action + Great Oceans + David Crosby's Sinus
18/07 - Vice Bar, Melbourne w/ Worm Crown + Nun of the Tongue
24/07 - The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart w/ Naked + All The Weathers
01/08 - The Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle
07/08 - The Old Manly Boatshed, Sydney w/ Ruth Carp & The Fish Heads

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