Coming December 4 : Voice Imitator – ‘Plaza’

by 12XUadmin on November 5, 2020

“Adult Performer”, from the album ‘Plaza’

Voice Imitator is the collaborative project of Per Bystrom, Justin Fuller, Mark Groves, and Leon O’Regan. All four have been active as part of numerous, cross-genre ventures in the Australian underground for many years. Bystrom has offered a rhythmic heart for Exhaustion and Leather Towel, whilst further expanding on metrical ideas in Compound, his solo electronic undertaking. Zond, TOL, Grane and various solo outings have all showcased Fuller’s severely manipulated, hallucinogenic guitar and unsettling electronics. O’Regan has provided lithe, turbulent and imaginative bass guitar for The Bunyip Moon, and antagonistic industrial electronics as Dire Ears. Groves, as vocalist, has previously oscillated between the idiosyncratic combination of drily delivered text, close-miked voice and concrète sound for Red Wine and Sugar and solo project Absurd Cosmos Late Nite, as well as functioning as frontperson for noise rock and heavy electronic acts True Radical Miracle and Dead Boomers.

In Voice Imitator, these four pursue mutual auditory fixations and eccentric individual inputs toward a distinctive and cohesive unit. Groves’ texts are the outcome of anxious and fatigued surveillance, emerging as bleak satire and quietly surreal flashes drawn from the mundane. Vacillating awkwardly between barely contained frustration and ironic detachment, this voice is ushered by a relentless ostinato pulse, washes of heavily effected guitar, subterranean electronic noise and a tense ambience of self-conscious nervousness. Recurring undercurrents of motorik rhythm, and motor city techno draw shared obsession together, providing an altogether new construction. Much like the allegory of a boiling frog, here tension slowly builds to an aggressively muscular conclusion.

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“Adult Performer (Hemlock Ladder mix)

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Wolf Eyes – “Winter Sunday” b/w Blank Hellscape – “Concrete Walls” 12″ (12XU 127-1)
out December 4, 2020

What happens when Detroit’s Wolf Eyes and Austin’s Blank Hellscape team up to provide a suitably nightmarish backdrop for USA 2020 vanquished by fear, greed, incurable disease, etc. ? Fuck if I know, it’s not like they recorded their tracks in the same room while watching cable news. I mean, credit both ensembles for having an imaginative bone in their bodies or two. On the left, we have Michigan’s synapse-snapping heavyweight champs. On the right, 3 fellas whose 2019 Diseased Tapes debut was one of the year’s most harrowing listening experiences. This EP required no fewer than 3 mastering engineers, 2 personal trainers and 1 and a half psychologists (there was a credentials question) to complete.

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John Sharkey III – I Found Everyone This Way

October 23, 2020

John Sharkey III – “I Found Everyone This Way” from the album ‘Shoot Out The Cameras’ (March 5, 2021) stream / download : 12XU – North America Mistletone – Australia “I Found Everyone This Way” is the arresting first glimpse of ‘Shoot Out The Cameras’, the debut solo album by John Sharkey III. Written and […]

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Coming April 24 : Lewsberg – ‘In This House’

February 2, 2020

(photo by Hasret Emine) ‘In This House’, the second album by Rotterdam-based Lewsberg and their first US release will be issued on LP by 12XU on April 25. (PREORDER ‘In This House’  – 12XU  / Bandcamp*) In This House by Lewsberg The quartet’s latest offering seeps into your consciousness in a different way to their debut, though […]

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Coming January 24, 2020 : Xetas – The Cypher

November 26, 2019

The Cypher by Xetas (video directed by Kana Harris) Xetas – The Cypher (12XU 120-1)   out January 24, 2020 Why do people start bands anymore? To get rich and famous? Compliment re-tweeting? To gain the respect of their peers in the RIAA? I don’t know, and I don’t have a computer so I can’t look […]

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Coming October 18 : Rocket 808 – ‘Rocket 808’

November 26, 2019

Rocket 808 by Rocket 808 (photo : Frostine Shake) Following a late 2018 debut 7″, ‘Rocket 808’ is the eponymous debut LP from the latest brainchild of John Schooley, a guitarist with an impressive resume in the American underground going back a couple of decades with bands including but not limited to the Revelators, the […]

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Coming October 25 : Spray Paint – ‘Into The Country’ (12XU 119-1)

August 30, 2019

Into The Country by SPRAY PAINT Stream “Cleaning My Gun” at Spotify Preorder ‘Into The Country’ from 12XU Preorder ‘Into The Country from Bandcamp ‘Into The Country’ was recorded throughout the year of 2016 in-between touring/working and Cory & Chris moving to Mexico and Australia respectively. Basic tracks were recorded by longtime collaborator Ian Rundell […]

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Coming June 6 : Golden Pelicans – ‘Grinding For Gruel’

April 17, 2019

Grinding For Gruel by Golden Pelicans Over the course of the last 8 years, Orlando’s GOLDEN PELICANS have made a compelling case for themselves as one of the planet’s most relentlessly malevolent ensembles, both live and on record. Thankfully, however, this is not an episode of “Hot Bench” and rather than finger-pointing and tearful recriminations, […]

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USA/Mexico – “Vaporwave Headache” and “Shoofly” Videos

April 6, 2019

 “Vaporwave Headache” – video by George Mayo “Shoofly” – video by Oliver Lewis USA/Mexico – ‘Matamoros’ LP available from 12XU or Bandcamp UK/EU version available from Riot Season.

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Coming March 22 : USA/Mexico – ‘Matamoros’

January 21, 2019

As a young person I frequently heard tales that high-end stereo shoppes used Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ as a demonstration disc, in order to fully document the prowess of their impossibly-expensive wares. I rarely frequented any of these establishments but always took these stories on faith. I’m no audio guru, but it […]

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