Before i begin with, i want to say that until recently the only Australian artists i knew about were AC/DC and Dead Can Dance. Three days ago i found this Compilation Album which was released by Australian label Art as Catharsis. ”Distortion and Dissonance” contains seventeen songs. Seventeen songs from seventeen bands.
I’m afraid that here in Europe we know very little about the Australian scene. And that’s a pity because there are many awesome bands in Australia. This compilation album is quite helpful because it gives you an opportunity to discover some of these bands. Personally the bands i really liked were Idylls, Gvrlls, In Trenches, Fvck Mountain, Totally Unicorn, Tanned Christ and Machina Genova. Plus my favorite tracks are ”Animal Test” by Idylls and ”Courtaud” by Machina Genova. Well the chances of an Idylls or a Machina Genova live here in Athens are very slim, but i’m happy i discovered these bands.
Overall i consider this compilation album to be a very nice release. It is a release that is highly recommended. Nice album cover also. But since we’ re talking about the Australian scene i would like to say some words about two bands that are not included in this compilation. I’m talking about Thorns and Left for Wolves. We have already talked about Thorns and their amazing debut Lp on a previous post. Left for Wolves have also released an album on March which is really good too. Anyways, here you can listen to ”Distortion and Dissonance”: http://artascatharsis.bandcamp.com/album/distortion-and-dissonance