The Low Light Social

hellosQuare and New Weird Australia presents…


Tetras (Switzerland) Kangaroo Skull (Melbourne) Sanso-Xtro (Melbourne/Adelaide) Thomas William (Sydney) Spartak Danger Beach + Mornings DJs

Saturday 14th January 2012,

15 Childers Street, Acton,

$30 presale from November 28th through the hellosQuare Bandcamp
$35 at the door

hellosQuare in association with New Weird Australia are proud to present THE LOW LIGHT SOCIAL, an evening of left field sound featuring six artists from around Australia and overseas who explore the common ground that sit nicely between electronic beat music, guitar folk forms, noise blasts and free jazz.

Unpopular Music 2011

Unpopular Music returns to Sydney on Saturday December 17th, raising cash for FBi and featuring eight bands over two venues. Unpopular Music 2011 sees four of Sydney’s underground & experimental music promoters working together for the first time – New Weird Australia, Octopus Pi, Sound Series and Refraction – staging two shows in one evening.

The late show (9pm) at Dirty Shirlows in Marrickville features Brisbane psych-rock ex-pats Strange Forces (back on Aussie soil after tearing up a storm in Berlin over the last two years), Sydney drone-grunge four piece Zeahorse, former Brisbane residents Secret Birds (one of the last artists, and few Australians, to feature on Pitchfork’s now defunct Altered Zones blog) and Scattered Order (fully re-energised and at a new creative peak, following the addition of Shane Fahey to the lineup earlier this year).

At 6pm, the early show at Hardware sees Thomas William and Scissor Lock launching their debut collaborative album ‘Jewelz‘, with support from Melbourne’s Monlith, Und and Anna Chase. The event also features DJs Paul Gough (Pimmon), Jack Shit and Octopus Pi, with a ‘Magical Audio Tour’ between venues, leaving Hardware at 8:45pm. Tickets are $12 on the door (which gets entry to both shows).

You can download a free compilation featuring all the artists playing at Unpopular Music 2011 – including exclusive unreleased tracks from Zeahorse and Thomas William vs Scissor Lock at

NWA Live: Rites Wild, Black Vanilla & Pimmon

New Weird Australia
& special guest PIMMON

$10 / 7PM / ALL AGES

BLACK WIRE, 219 Parramatta Rd, Annandale, Sydney

Rites Wild from Adelaide makes monotone pop with 80′s analogue keys and good intentions. “sits nicely alongside Maria Minerva, Fabulous Diamonds and Nite Jewel… Rites Wild cloaks ritualistic minimalism in foggy casio drones, stony delivery, and lush synth delays” – Altered Zones

(with members of Guerre, Collarbones and Marseilles) Black Vanilla is the brainchild of gender-bending beatmaker Romeo aka Juliet, convicted ladykiller Extra Smooth aka The Sex and slutty ho-bag Sean Lockhart, creating the most reprehensible R’n’B boyband supergroup of the 21st century. Borrowing from only the sleaziest and most disgusting 90s R’n’B reference points Black Vanilla will get you wet in the whitest possible fashion.

Over the past decade and a half, Australia’s electronic godfather Pimmon (known to friends as Paul Gough) has carved out a unique space for himself through producing a series of masterfully executed excursions into abstract electronic sound. His new release The Oansome Orbit is out this month on Room40.


[TSH] presents a special night in conjunction with New Weird Australia to launch ‘Nippon‘, the third album by Canberra electro-acoustic duo Spartak and first on NWA’s New Editions imprint.

Saturday 8th October 8pm The Silent Hour Level 1, 77-83 William St, Woolloomooloo, Sydney

Formed by Shoeb Ahmad and Evan Dorrian in 2007, Spartak have performed regularly around Australia, SE Asia and Japan alongside the likes of My Disco, Lawrence English, Lucky Dragons, Minamo and Andrew Pekler with their textural improvisations on guitar, drum kit, electronics and other found sounds . ‘Nippon’ was recorded while on tour in Japan earlier this year and suitably follows their last album ‘Verona’ (released on the English label Low Point) with it’s opposing influences of sound manipulation and hardcore/indie rock.

Also performing on the night are:

Brain Drain is a Sydney based artist who straddles the divide between structure and improvisation, often revelling in the contrast between the two. His primarily guitar-driven pieces centre around creating both mood and rhythm through loops and using this repetition as a foundation on which to improvise. Since 2010, Brain Drain has released three albums: a self-titled debut cassette, the follow-up Wahine Division, and the collaborative album, Popolice Versus Brain Drain.

THE DEADLY NIGHTSHADES The Deadly Nightshades are a brother sister duo making experimental vocal folk music in their hometown of Sydney. They record their voices in single, raw takes, and use these recordings to experiment with panning, layering and tuning.

Forenzics, Domeyko/Gonzalez, Jusgo Mosh & Robot House – Live at FBi Social

New Weird Australia & Octopus pi present the third and final New Weird Australia live event at FBi Social in Kings Cross on Thursday 16th June 2011 – rounding off the series in fine style, with a live simulcast broadcast on FBi.

Headlining this special night of Sydney-centric artists will be Forenzics – the local collective renowned for their experimental and improvisational slant on noise, psych, drone, art rock & post punk. The band will be launching their third album, ‘Build Ruins‘, a collaboration with Japanese electronic artist Ryota Yamamura and Joe Cummins – released on June 13th on New Weird Australia’s ‘New Editions’ label.

Forenzics will be joined by Domeyko/Gonzalez, the experimental / electronic Sydney duo of James Domeyko and Jaie Gonzalez, mixing a wild melee of instrumentation and sounds, and landing somewhere between Fuck Buttons and The Dirty Three. The band are celebrating the launch of their mini-album ‘No Way Back’, the follow-up to their acclaimed debut EP ‘The Circle Trilogy‘.

Also on the line-up, ‘disillusioned punks’ Jusgo Mosh – diverting their energy into noise / improv / psych territory – and four piece experimentalists Robot House, stirring up an eclectic mishmash of turntables, table, guitars and mixed electronics. Visuals on the night come from Redcell.

The event also marks the second anniversary of the New Weird Australia project, and to celebrate, FBi Radio will be broadcasting a live simulcast of the event on the ‘New Weird Australia’ radio show from 9pm. Tune in on 94.5FM in Sydney, or stream the show online at

This one-off event kick starts at 8pm and tickets $10 on the door.

New Weird Australia: The Sound of Young Canberra, Live at FBi Social

New Weird Australia at FBi Social, Thursday 19th May 2011.

Artitsts. Savages, Kasha, Reuben Ingall. DJ Shoeb Ahmad. Visuals By Eightfilters.

Details. FBi Social. Kings Cross Hotel. 248 William Street. Kings Cross. Doors 8pm. Tickets $10 on the door.


New Weird Australia & Octopus pi present the second in a series of live events at FBi Social in Kings Cross on Thursday 19th May 2011, titled ‘ The Sound Of Young Canberra‘.

The night takes it cue from New Weird Australia’s compilation of the same name, released late last year, and featuring some of the finest eclectic and experimental music being made in the oft-maligned capital.

Headlining the night in their debut Sydney appearance are Savages – evolving out of the renowned Canberra act Spartak, and featuring a fine pedigree of artists – including Hellosquare label boss Shoeb Ahmad (guitars and vocals); his fellow Spartak bandmate, Evan Dorrian (nord, vocals, percussion), along with Matt Lustri (bass) and John Wilton (drums).

Canberra four-piece Kasha were one of the stand-out artists from the The Sound Of Young Canberra compilation, reworking the traditional notion of rock music, fusing tension, repetition and experimentation into their sound. Their recent 7″ single was released on Hellosquare, recorded and mixed by Casey Rice (Dirty Three, Pikelet).

Influenced by the likes of Fennesz and Xiu Xiu, show opener Rueben Ingall processes vocals and guitar through purpose-built patches to create a beautifully idiosyncratic melee of sound.

Savages’ Shoeb Ahmad also pitches up the turntables to DJ for the night, and there are visuals from local crew Eightfilters.

Doors 8pm. Tickets $10 on the door. New Weird Australia at FBi Social (Kings Cross Hotel) is the second in an ongoing monthly series – for updates of other events in the series,

New Weird Australia at FBi Social: Underlapper (album launch).

New Weird Australia at FBi Social, Thursday 21 April 2011.

Artitsts. Underlapper (album launch), Cleptoclectics vs Scissor Lock, Edwin Montgomery. DJs Stupid Canon & Kimb Galercan. Visuals By Jeronimo.

Details. FBi Social. Kings Cross Hotel. 248 William Street. Kings Cross. Doors 8pm. Tickets $10 on the door.


New Weird Australia & Octopus pi present the first in a series of New Weird Australia live events at FBi Social in Kings Cross on Thursday 21st April 2011.

The night sees the long-overdue return of Sydney six-piece Underlapper, celebrating the launch of their third album ‘Sofly Harboured’ – an eclectic mix of post rock, experimental pop and downbeat electronic music, and the follow-up to the widely acclaimed 2007 album ‘Red Spring’.

In support, Sydney producer Cleptoclectics faces off against local compatriot Scissor Lock (fresh from the launch of his Collarbones collaboration), in the latest in their ongoing bouts of noise battles taking place in dark rooms across the city. Opening the night, solo artist Edwin Montgomery presents an inspired psychedelic tread through original songs, instrumentals and ambient textures. DJs Stupid Canon & Kimb Galercan fill the spaces along with projections from visual artist, Jeronimo.

Doors 8pm. Tickets $10 on the door. New Weird Australia at FBi Social (Kings Cross Hotel) is the first in an ongoing monthly series – the next event takes place on May 19th 2011 and is a showcase gig for our recent ‘New Young Canberra’ compilation, featuring Savages, Kasha, Reuben Ingall, DJ Shoeb Ahmad – more info to be announced,

New Weird Australia presents AXXONN Full National Tour 2011

AXXONN gathers up his keyboards and subsonic fuzz later this month to jaunt around the country one more time before heading overseas indefinitely ahead of label commitments (Arlen / Southern Record Distribution) for his album Let’s Get It Straight, which releases globally on February 14th. The tour is presented by NEW WEIRD AUSTRALIA, marking their inaugural Australian excursion after a string of successful Sydney events and nearly two years of compilation and artists releases through the label.

Tom Hall (aka AXXONN) said ‘NWA have been kind enough to take a liking to AXXONN which is great, it gives me one last chance to leave some permanent fractures in some of my favourite venues, catch up with old friends and make some loud noise for my favourite places in Oz before leaving….at this stage it’s indefinite, I don’t know when I’ll be back’.


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SYDNEY Excelsior Hotel, Surry Hills – Friday Jan 28th with BREATHING SHRINE, SCATTERED ORDER, CONSTANT LIGHT & BORGIA (co-presented with Octopus Pi)

CANBERRA Transit Lounge – Saturday Jan 29th with KASHA & CRASH THE CURB

HOBART Salamanca Arts Centre – Friday Feb.4th with OCEANS, SPHERES & DUO

DEVONPORT Regional Gallery – Saturday Feb. 5th with OCEANS, SPHERES & DUO

TOOWOOMBA The Spotted Cow – Friday Feb 18th with AMBROSE CHAPEL & DIE ON PLANES

BRISBANE Woodlands – Saturday Feb. 19th with AMBROSE CHAPEL, DIE ON PLANES & DOT.AY

PERTH Manhattans Bar – Thursday Feb. 24th with ERASERS, GILBERT FAWN & CRAIG MCELHINNEY

MELBOURNE Yah Yahs – Sunday Feb. 27th with MYSTIC EYES, NO ZU & PEON

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AXXONN Full National Tour 2011 supported by SOUND TRAVELLERS, STREET PRESS AUSTRALIA, SALAMANCA ARTS CENTRE & DEVONPORT REGIONAL GALLERY. New Weird Australia is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

AXXONN ‘Let’s Get It Straight’ (Useless Art Records) – available from “one of the most interesting Australian records of 2010” DRUM MEDIA

AXXONN on Soundcloud & Vimeo

axxonn national tour

Sound Series #10 – New Weird Australia

Sound Series is a monthly evening of sound-based performance and installation at Hardware Gallery on Enmore Rd, Synday. Their final show for 2010 is curated by New Weird Australia.

Sound Series #10 Hardware Gallery, 263 Enmore Rd Sydney Friday 10th December 7-11:30pm

DUAL UZIS (feat. members of The Splinter Orchestra, Nhomea and Ghoul)

TAILINGS (Newcastle)
(Jason Campbell [Stitched Vision] & Kerry Robinson)

(solo performance from Nhomea / Jusgo Mosh artist)

(launch of EP released via New Editions / New Weird Australia)

(Kimberley Galceran – Wormwood, Jusgo Mosh)


Join the Sound Series Facebook group for info about their 2011 program.

Unpopular Music 2010, A Benefit for FBi Radio

On Friday December 3rd, New Weird Australia presents the second annual ‘Unpopular Music’ FBi fundraiser featuring experimental, underground music from Sydney and beyond.

TANTRUMS (Melbourne)

Friday 3rd December 2010
The Red Rattler Theatre, 6 Faversham St, Marrickville, Sydney
Doors 7:30pm

Tickets $12 on the door, all proceeds to FBi.

Poster artwork by Heath Killen

New Weird Australia at The Red Rattler, 23rd July 2010

New Weird Australia presents the next event in its 2010 series on Friday 23rd July 2010 at the Red Rattler in Marrickville, Sydney – featuring:


Anonymeye is the nom de plume of Andrew Tuttle, an experimental musician from Brisbane, Australia who reconfigures various country and folk musics within an abstract sonic framework, utilising electronic and acoustic instrumentation including acoustic guitar, signal processing, synthesisers, and effects units. Anonymeye straddles and blurs boundaries between improvisation and composition, experimentation and pop, acoustic and electronic, rural landscapes and urban landscapes. Anonymeye’s second full length album ‘The Disambiguation Of Anonymeye’ is out now on the sound&fury label.

Erasers are a new two-piece band from Perth, that started mid 2009 with Rebecca Orchard on vocals and Rupert Thomas on instruments. They formed with the desire to create and produce music completely on their own. With little recording experience and borrowed equipment, Erasers produced and released their debut self-titled release upon forming as a band. The result is songs made up of primitive & tribal beats, melodic guitar loops, atmospheric synth and chanting vocals; creating what has been described as dreamy yet somewhat disconcerting post-punk.

Ambrose Chapel is the solo project of Brisbane musician Ian Rogers (also of No Anchor). He is mainly influenced by The Melvins and is allergic to cats.

Textile Audio is a solo project for operatic mezzo soprano and electronic musician Eve Klein. Eve has taught music technology at Macquarie University and is an active music writer and composer.

A generative audio / video interactive installation, with music from Sydney’s Gentleforce.

Tickets $10 on the door.

Facebook Event page
This event has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Refraction, Curated by New Weird Australia

REFRACTION feat. Tom Hall, Horse MacGyver, Kusum Normoyle and Jordan Dorjee
Tuesday 29 June 2010, 19:30 – 21:30
Serial Space, Chippendale, Sydney
Entry by donation

Curated by New Weird Australia, organised by the UTS Sound Collective and proudly supported by Sound Travellers.

TOM HALL (Only show in Sydney!)
Tom Hall is a media artist based in Brisbane, Australia. Hall’s eclectic works flourish by utilising a variety of mediums, each that reflect on his varied background and interests. With a strong focus on elements of the ‘everyday’ Hall’s practice involves considered explorations into place, space and time. In a live performance context Hall projects multi-channel video pieces drawing from a data base of found footage, composing and layering in real-time, this imagery is at times linked directly and indirectly to the sound, that Hall is also producing in realtime, through amplitude control.

After releasing a CDR through US label Disaro earlier this year, Horse Macgyver (Tim Dwyer) has recieved some genuine interest both locally and internationally – most recently in a Pitchfork article covering the emerging Witch House/Drag “genre”. His new tape is released via new label Bad Sound, established as a part of last year’s “Lets Paint TV” tour. More releases are planned including a vinyl compilation featuring Sniggle and Jonny Telafone. (info via Dream Damage)

Kusum is a musician and performer who works with voice in volume, feedback, tension and noise. She has developed a vocal style recognisably her own, set out to disrupt, divide, that is devoid of language but makes up in texture, density and ferocity. Working mostly as a solo musician she also produces vocal noise performances specific to site such as the city streets, laneways and hill-tops and also works collaboratively with local and international musicians, and is one member of Sydney based “Hard Hat”. Having recently performed In Japan and New York, and for the Biennale of Sydney 2010, these performances are too short to miss; don’t blink. Turn up on time. Think twice about bringing your mum.

Fighting against traditional perspectives of the DJ, Jordan Dorjee has fathomed how the turntable itself can become a musical instrument. Sculpting collaged works that re contextualise fragments of sound to create new musical structures, utilising sounds that vary from traditional instruments, spoken voice, machinery, nature or any other sound objects he can gather together. He is currently completing his BA Sound and Music Design at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Refraction is dedicated to the support, mentorship and development of student projects as they take their practice from the classroom to the community. New Weird Australia is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Graphics by Daniel Stone.