New Releases

Tape/Off Release New Video
‘Wake In Fright’
ahead of BIGSOUND shows

Filmed by Andrew Wade, Allan Allport and Jordan Cosic
Edited by Branko Cosic

Down here in our prominent Southern Hemisphere locale we like to think of ourselves as a civilised lot, but there’s something about the Australian identity that just cannot be divorced from our actual position as a far-flung bastion of humanity.

Whether it’s our convict heritage, the natural danger that surrounds us on all sides or simply the implicit terror of the tracts of vast, open spaces that constitute our Aussie outback, there’s something in the Australian psyche that accepts the fear inherent in our surroundings as a vicissitude of daily life. It’s our burden, and ours alone, unless you unwisely see fit to step into our backyard…

The new single Wake In Fright by Brisbane indie rock four-piece Tape/Off distils this existential outback dread into three-and-a-half minutes of ferocious intensity, a claustrophobic burst of manic energy rife with thinly-veiled malevolence.

Stemming from Tape/Off’s recently-released second album Broadcast Park, both the song and its brand new film clip – the brainchild of Andrew Wade, Allan Allport and Jordan Cosic – were strongly influenced by the cult 1971 Ozploitation flick Wake In Fright, both track and clip rife with gorgeous Australian outback vistas and equally harrowing Australian tyranny of distance.

Tape/Off are thrilled to be making their first appearance at leading Aussie festival BIGSOUND at the start of September, as well as an appearance at Brisbane shindig Valley Fiesta in the lead-up to those festivities.

And they’re already in a position to unveil some favourable industry results with the announcement that Tape/Off have signed a management deal with Joe Woolley of Alien Lane Management – whose roster includes beloved Bris-bands Screamfeeder and WE ALL WANT TO – as well as unveiling their excellent new website which can be found at tapeoff.net.

With all the current uncertainty on the Australian political landscape you can at least rest assured that Tape/Off will deliver on their promise – devour the new clip for Wake In Fright then come check out the action for yourself when they roar back into life this September!

TAPE / OFF SEPTEMBER SHOWS

SATURDAY 1 SEPTEMBER
Valley Fiesta
The Zoo, 711 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley
w/ The Jensens, Seaside, Spirit Bunny Free Entry

WEDNESDAY 5 SEPTEMBER
BIGSOUND Festival
The Valley Drive-In, 27 Warner Street, Fortitude Valley
(9.10pm)

THURSDAY 6 SEPTEMBER
BIGSOUND Festival
Crowbar Black, 243 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
(8.10pm)

What critics said about Tape/Off’s new album Broadcast Park:

“…gritty, raw and thick, full of misleading lulls presented here as potholes on a dirt road… malaise meets rage at its most percussive and poignant…the sound of someone who has finally had enough and is ready to speak up”  The Music

“On their follow-up to acclaimed 2014 debut album Chipper, Brisbane indie rockers Tape/Off once again blend aggressive fuzz-heavy guitars, off-kilter melodies and restless energy to stunning effect.” Sunday Mail

“Delving into universal questions such as existentialism, the male psyche, societal conventions and restrictions, familial bonds, and the myth of life on the road, the band uses their indie rock ‘n’ roll style to create compelling music that makes you both think and feel.” Music Is My Muse

“Marking the first new music in four years from the Brissie quartet, Broadcast Park was certainly worth the wait; it’s a tough and tenacious outing that seamlessly balances its scruffy, frayed edges with restless rumination – come for the fuzz, stay for the feels.” The Soundcheck




Brisbane Outfit The Gametes Launch
New Single The Man Of Thumbs

In just 12 months young Brisbane four-piece The Gametes have left an indelible mark on the rich local scene with their unique, absurdist approach to performance and manic punk energy.

The new instalment in the space tragi-comedy surrounding Space-Diplomat Comet Jones introduces new protagonist The Man Of Thumbs. A short-but-powerful parable for modern times, the hook-laden tracks surmises that even though they “took their rest, took their sanity” that all is fine when “production output efficiency is better than ever”.

The Gametes, in accordance with The Takiyama Corp. Proliferation Protocol, are proud to bring you this exclusive message:

The Gametes’ FRESH, UNIQUE new single, The Man Of Thumbs, has FINALLY arrived into the hands of the consumers, and not a minute too soon! Using REAL-TIME DATA from Takiyama Corp.’s EXTENSIVE satellite network and INTER-PLANETARY drones, the band has once again proven that GREAT RESEARCH and OBEDIENCE can indeed breed GREAT RESULTS. 

Adding a NEW CHAPTER to the sprawling, epic parable of Space-Diplomat Comet Jones, The Gametes introduce to you a new character, THE MAN OF THUMBS, an UNSIGHTLY vermin with a TRAGIC past. The Gametes invite you to LAUGH, CRY, and experience other HUMAN EMOTIONS as you are pulled into the piteous world of The Man Of Thumbs

Despite some feeble protests from The Gametes, C.E.O Mr. Takiyama is happy to announce that the new single WILL be launched on the FIRST NIGHT of The Gametes’ residency at THE FOUNDRY, May 4th, at the STROKE OF MIDNIGHT. There, patrons can gain a keen insight into the research processes of Takiyama Corp. with a LIVE TESTING EVENT. 

Beyond that, The Gametes will be continuing on the residency on May 18th with the PREMIERE of THE GAMETES MOVIE: Written, directed, produced, edited by The Gametes, with an original score played LIVE by The Gametes. Though strict NDA’s limit information on the final night of the residency, May 25th, all that can be released is the title, the world record-breaking event: LUMPFEST 2018. 

THE GAMETES’ THE MAN OF THUMBS MAY MULTI-MEDIA RESIDENCY AT THE FOUNDRY, BRISBANE

FRIDAY 4 MAY
The Man of Thumbs Single Launch
Midnight – Free entry more info

FRIDAY 18 MAY
The Gametes’ Movie premiere
Midnight – Free entry more info

FRIDAY 25 MAY
LUMPFEST 2018
Midnight – Free entry more info

 The Gametes’ new album
The Astronomical Calamities Of Comet Jones
will be released through Coolin’ By Sound this August.

Tape/Off Return with New Single
Day In, Day Out

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Much-loved Brisbane indie-rock iconoclasts Tape/Off return from a lengthy layoff with a rollicking new single Day In, Day Out – the first taste of their long-awaited second album Broadcast Park – and to celebrate are announcing a string of launch shows in Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide!

Brimming with Tape/Off’s trademark fuzzed-out catchiness, the aggressively chiming guitars and driving rhythms of Day In, Day Out mirror the track’s urgent narrative of social breakdown amidst a backdrop of class division and social apathy. It’s a snapshot of a world where empathy for one’s fellow man is firmly a relic of the past – “Get a job mate, get a fucking job! Get a haircut!” – and ends with frontman Nathan Pickels spitting “Ritual disgust” in a totemic display of societal despair, seeming to sense that perhaps there is no solution to this modern malaise.

Tape/Off’s acclaimed debut Chipper (Sonic Masala) came out to much fanfare back in 2014, making the longlist for that year’s AMP award and spawning the singles Pedestal Fan and Different Order as it loudly announced the foursome as an act to be reckoned with.

A standalone single Let’s Have A Baby followed in 2015, but Broadcast Park due in July through Brisbane indie label Coolin’ By Sound (Thigh Master, Shrapnel, Spiral Stairs) – is their first substantial body of work in four years, and let’s just say that the wait has paid handsome dividends.

But first Tape/Off have the Day In, Day Out single launch shows to navigate. The stalwarts of the Brisbane scene have played alongside a swag of international acts such as Royal Blood, Kurt Vile, Pity Sex, Earthless and Future Of The Left as well as homegrown bands including Violent Soho, DZ Deathrays, Screamfeeder, The Peep Tempel, Batpiss and Harmony (to name just a few), and they’re itching to get back on the road to reintroduce their thrilling live show to interstate crowds.

So embrace the nihilistic rush of Day In, Day Out and prepare for much more thrilling music where that came from, 2018 is shaping up to be the year of Tape/Off!


Spiral Stairs Releases New Album
Doris & The Daggers

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Doris & The Daggers out through Coolin’ By Sound (Aus/NZ).

Limited Edition 12″ on St Kilda coloured vinyl

with bonus Australian only 7″ featuring Vultures Of Caboolture and Pig City.

Buy Doris and the Daggers


Watch the video for Dance (Cry Wolf),
starring Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle


Shrapnel Release Debut Album
Tranceplanetsugarmouth

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“Tranceplanetsugarmouth rewards well beyond the initial prominence of its guitar-led assault. It’s an album of genuine depth, where bitterness and silliness and premature mid-life crisis self-evaluation and blank-canvas experimentation all find a way to be mongrelled into an honest snapshot, without becoming slowed by an over-analyses of the specifics”    Rolling Stone Australia

Shrapnel burst into life a couple of years ago as the bedroom project of Wilkinson (Day Ravies, Mope City, Beef Jerk) but soon morphed into a full-blown band with the addition of like-minded souls from both his old projects as well as fellow indie outfits such as Miners, Weak Boys, Dollar Bar and Julia Why?

Buy Tranceplanetsugarmouth

Watch the first video Another Year


Thigh Master Release Debut Album
Early Times

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“With the album’s majority — Ford’s angst-edged cynicism undercutting the catchy-as-f**k and perfectly unpretentious sharehouse guitar-pop”   Rolling Stone Australia

“what shines through is surprisingly canny, intimately droll, and some of the most quintessentially Brisbane sounds on offer.”   The Music

Recorded and mixed by Luke Walsh (Blank Realm) between late-2013 and early-2016, Early Times is an accomplished collection of angsty indie rock gems which should introduce Thigh Master to many more pairs of fresh ears in coming months.

Buy Early Times

Watch the first video Company, Produced & Directed by Helena Papageorgiou