q and also a :: Astral Skulls
Kurt of Aussie punkpopper outfit Astral Skulls sent us these answers to our questions in this next installment of q and also a.
a: There’s a tape from Sydney, Australia’s Dominic Talarico called Me vs Me, which is a continuous mix of about 9 minutes and 42 seconds of the most wonderful music you’ll ever hear. He has one of those voices that makes me shiver. The stories told are so beautiful, and just everything about it moves me. I genuinely love it. You can listen to it here:
q: What is your most common reaction to hearing your own music?
a: While I am super critical of my own output, I have scrapped many songs that I don’t think I’d love having another friend write and share with me. So in a way, I kind of feel like I’m a part of something bigger than me in my bedroom playing jams, even though that’s all it’s kind of been so far. And I feel pretty happy about that to be honest.
q: What is your favorite artist/band to see live?
a: Lucy Cliche. No doubt. Her band with Matthew Philip Hopkins, Naked On The Vague, was my favourite and now that she’s started this solo project it’s next level. It’s raise the roof goth rave bangers made with love.
q: What is your favorite venue (in NYC, if applicable)?
a: My favourite venue was always Lan Franchi’s in Sydney, Australia, but unfortunately that closed. I loved the Cake Shop in NYC when I was there! That was super fun. And in Melbourne, where I live now, there was – until recently – a fantastic venue called The Bank, which I was supposed to play at in July. Unfortunately it has just been shut down by the local council. Why does this always happen? Boo.
q: What piece(s) of culture are you really really excited about right now?
a: A really cool project happening at the moment is the IV:BPM sound installation. It uses IV drips as the percussive source for “a set of portable stand-alone single beat organic-analogue drum machines that together form a multi channel drum machine orchestra generating complex surround polyrhythmic compositions performed by it’s audience”. It’s created and curated by the inimitable Justice Yeldham.
q: Anything we should know about your latest project (whatever that might be)?
My 7” for Sexism Sux/Bite My Tongue is coming out on July 7, 2015 via astralskulls.com – you can order the vinyl version or just get a cheap download! I am also about to launch a crowd funding campaign on pozible.com to fund the pressing of my debut album Contact:Light. Keep an eye on astralskulls.com for more.
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MP3 BONUS: live versions of the 7″ tracks – both recorded at Northcote Social Club, Melbourne on June 8, 2015
Sexism Sux (live) (mp3)
Bite My Tongue (live) (mp3)