After about a couple of weeks of listening to this brand new album comes the Aussie tour and I’m so silly to got to both west coast dates, here’s what happen! But first a little about my little views of this new album, OK?
If your not yet up about it? This is a debut album by this new band but the singer-songwriter who’s far from new. The 9th album overall of his stuff, that’s all The Drones albums and his one solo Gareth Liddiard album. His 90’s never before released recordings with Rui Pereira have just been release earlier this year too, calling that Bong Odyssey. So this new TFS record could be his 10th album then. Double figures is a big deal for any music artist just for the fact it proves they be around the block more than just a few times and are still at it!
With four color 7″ single coming before this album, we have been drip feed it. Well, half of it since late last year which was pretty great way to intro a new band, Tropical Fuck Storm or TFS for short. That band name comes from some another Aussie muso, Dan Kelly. So they need a name for a record label and band so they start using it, maybe as a joke but it just stay. I’ve been blogging madly about those four vinyl singles plus the cover songs B-sides over the last few months so you should know by now, I love those songs? It’s a really pity the other four, five songs don’t get color 7″ too and B-side cover song too but that would be a bit silly, maybe?
So Antimatter Animals has the chorus of “You politics ain’t nothing but a fond fuck you” and The Future Of History ends with the lines “If IBM is here to make your dreams come true, you can probably say the same thing about nightmares too” are most likely my faves with maybe Chameleon Paint and You Let My Tyres Downs as my more loved two from the four tracks released earlier. I guess I’m saying I dig the first half more then but they do somehow maintain that pass, only too slows down a little in a couple of spots.
In small print on the album is a name BJ Morriszonkle who did add keys and crazy sounds on the title track and the instrumental track or numbers 7 and 8, I’ve never heard of him so here’s what I found, just below. Release back in January this year so you call it a bonus new album today when looking at this. BTW extra singing is also credited to Ralf the fox terrier who also gets a photo inside the album on the lyric sheet booklet, maybe should get 25% co-writer royalty too?
Now off to those gigs! After a sold out east coast TFS get to Perf and Freo which are not, WTF? Well Mojo’s did in the end, which was where I’d first seen The Drones maybe 15 years ago now. I think they have played here for a longtime now, I might be wrong but the last time was in 2010 for Liddiard’s solo album tour at Mojo’s. It’s was so great seeing them back here. The gig at Badlands was pretty great but off course it was a even better gig at Mojo’s. This is the third and fourth time seeing TFS live already! Which before this was in Feb and then March this year plus did see him playing solo just last month too. That might be overkill but it’s not, I bloody love it all!
The setlists was fuckin’ amazing epic and really they should be playing again Monday, tonight somewhere? I would pay to see it yet again! Playing everything from that debut album minus the instrumental called Shellfish Toxin. Plus finishing with The Drones’ song Baby Squared both nights and also did do Taman Shud like second or third song in also then came Divinyls’ Back To Wall cover pretty early on too.
Before playing You Let My Tyres Down he did said “When me and Fi moved over east it was a shithole and that’s what this song is about” on the first night but then saying “it’s about Western Australian, Port Hedland” the next night. Then the second last song was the wicked epic Bee Gees’ cover Stayin’ Alive which then just surge into feedback noise at the end with Gaz knee dropping to the floor before going into Baby Squared. A little later when getting home on Saturday night, turning Rage TV on which it was Courtney Barnett guest programmer and then she picked the Rubber Bullies video clip which, off course they just play it live!
Someone in the crowd asked earlier what the bloody hell the title track A Laughing Death In MeatSpace means? When Garry was intro it, which at first he got backwards but I guess he’s explaining that a lot at the moment, if you don’t know yet? Papa New Guinea people use to eat their dead family member’s brains who then soon after themselves would died laughing like a mad cow disease for people and then meatspace is what Silicon Valley nerds named the real world as contrasted with the world of cyberspace. So adds up something like we are all eating each brains and then died laughing in physical real world but we have own little facebooks, twitters, blogs, social media computer worlds too which sounds about right!
Mojo’s setlist was pretty much the same songs again but maybe a diff order or not? The vibes are so much better down there, you know? So not exactly same order but I haven’t write any of them out, did I? It was opening with Chameleon Paint and Antimatter Animals before slowing down just a little with Soft Power and A Laughing Death In Meatspace at the midway point before going totally nuts at the end, well everyone did at Mojo’s.
I only seems to have blog about just a few live gigs this year so far, if it’s been mostly some kind-of TFS shows. They have been such great gigs but I’ll try to blog about some other live gigs for the next six months of 2018, OK? I don’t know what yet but these TFS gigs have been total unbelievable great! Go and see them if you can or at least have a listen to this killer new album!
The big news is Gaz has said he don’t want have a break or anything but really wants to just start writing another new album in June/July. The way these girls and bloke have be recording and releasing could we have yet another new album before the end of 2018 or will it be just early 2019? I say bring it on!