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The Madhouse #17 – 14.09.2017

The Madhouse aims to focus on a select group of musicians, bands and acts who dwell in the underground. Showcasing genres such as psychedelica, shoegaze, noise-rock, electronica, lo-fi and alt-pop, this is a portal for new, underground music from the world beyond.

Full Moon Flower Band – Street Love

The debut album from this local solo artist—Full Moon Flower Band, known as Kate (Babyshakes) Dillion to her mum—is named ‘Chinatown’ and is billed as a visual album. Street Love, it’s main focus single, is a droning, plodding indie-rock jam that dwells in deep fuzz and relies on Dillion’s effortlessly cool persona and demeanour to pull the track across. Eschewing a new era of Alison Mossheart-era of coolness, Street Love is an experiment in relationships and psychedelica. There’s no denying Dillion has frivolous talent, however it’s her ability to deliver that coolness which allows her message to get driven hard into the ground.

Kollaps – Capitalism

Kollaps’ previous single, Suck, was a harsh and driven experiment into political-swayed DIY noise and post-rock. Capitalismthe group’s latest, is certainly no different with them further embracing the grit and coldness of their brand of industrial malice. Percussive-heavy and habitually balanced by uneasy textures and crude tones of metallic tones, Capitalism is a devilish new era of post-rock in which bands like My Disco seemingly formed. Penned along with the underbelly of vocalist, Wade Black’s, crude vocal density, Kollaps’ ‘Sibling Lovers’ record is sure to be an important, if not menacingly grating listen.

METZ – Mess Of Wires

Nearing days until METZ’ third album release, Mess of Wires is yet another taste, and quite possibly the best, to come from the impending LP. Taking the listener prisoner and entrapping them into a discomfort of rolling drums and crumbing bass tones, METZ know how to make one both endanger their life and enjoy it at the same time. The track’s breakneck pace is what sets Mess of Wirehead and shoulders above its other singles—delivering what’s sure to be an undeniably course and devilish listen.

Simona Castricum – Triumph EP

Electronic and club music certainly has an excellent year in progression and stylistic shifts. Melbourne artist and producer, Simona Castricum, has set her ambitions high and delivered on everyone of them for her new EP, ‘Triumph’. A techno landscape of percussive-heavy melodies tied together with acid-style beats makes for some of the most interesting electronic structures put on record. This, combined with Castricum’s lyrical composition of nonconformity and queer agendas, ‘Triumph’ is a mirror unto itself and its surrounding cultural content. Closing track, Collect, is the true winner of the EP.

Written by Jake Wilton