Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Film clip for the the track 'SMILE' off the upcoming Helta Skelta 7" 'Asbestos'.

Out Jan 2013

Monday, November 5, 2012


Have a couple(like 3) of Helta Skelta cassettes left over from Maggotfest.
Two new tracks on here, which will be on the forthcoming 7" and a bunch from the LP.
If you want one just get in touch. Probably be around $7pp.

Will also have a bunch of new  records in the distro come the end of the day, including Total Control's new 7", and a few Helta Skelta t-shirts.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Here's one of the few blogs out there actually worth reading: underneaththestairwell
Drew sung for Napalm Hearts, as well as some other fine bands, has written one book worth the publication and has got a few more on the way. Info on his planned publications can be found on his page.

 'The Crooked Beat' is certainly worth purchasing if you're a fan of degenerate fiction along the lines of Bukowski, Fante and Celine. Comes highly recommended.
 So do yourself a favour, head over to his page and purchase a copy.

Here's some footage from Agitated's release show on the weekend.
Leeches have a 7" coming out anyday soon, and my next release will be a live cassette by The Choke.

  The Choke @ 208 from Total Recommendation on Vimeo.

  Leeches @ 208 from Total Recommendation on Vimeo.

Friday, October 19, 2012


Helta Skelta is heading over to Melbourne to play this early November.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Both of these are back from the plant and available for order.
$12pp anywhere within Australia
Wholesale get in thouch

 HSR:003 Agitated's debut 7 ". Highly influenced by early 80s US hardcore but with an Austarlian edge. These guys listen to a lot of Adolescents and JFA which definately shows on this recording but more broadly this reminds me a lot of the early hardcore that came out of Southern California and even the DC scence in the early 80s. This is immature, aggressive hardcore.

   Agitated - Gender Issues by HeltaSkeltaRecords

 HSR:002 These guys were around for a while in Melbourne playing their own take on hardcore heavily influenced by UK street punk and oi! Think Negative Approach and Last Resort. With hard hitting vocals and catchy hooks.The Dead Boys cover on here is great and sleazy, adding to the aesthetic.
They took a no bullshit approach to this kind of music as it should be and played some great live shows. This recording was originally released by Stained Circles on cassette but quickly sold out. Four new tracks have been added to the B side here, all from the same session.

Friday, September 14, 2012


208 is back, and this is the first gig Ash has put on since the sound proofing. There's another show in the works too for the week after this. More info on that later though.
Both the Agitated and Napalm Hearts 7"s should be back from the plant in time for these.
Next up will be the Helta Skelta 7".

Thursday, July 12, 2012


Helta Skelta have some shirts left over from our Adelaide shows which I've put up in the store.
$22 pp or $15 at shows.

Thanks to everyone who helped out with the shows.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


All of the copies of the Helta Skelta LP have now sold out bar a few which will be on sale this weekend in Adelaide along with some limited t-shirts. Anyway here's the LP up for download .

Helta Skelta LP

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Now that the first semester of this year is over and less of my time is consumed by my studies, you might see some more useless ephemera, punk relics posted on here, then again you might not.
Anyway there's a few shows coming up that are worth checking out.

And here's a few clips worth checking out.

Anyone know what happened to these guys? Whether they've got anything new in the works or even if they're still together? Their first couple of cassettes and the 7" were some of the best heard in recent years, it'd be good to know if they've got something more planned.


Napalm Hearts 7" is at the plant right now, so shouldn't be too much longer.
The next release is lined up too, 7" by Perth's Agitated. The recording's done, courtesy of Tom Ware, just waiting on the artwork and a few bit and pieces. Pretty stoked to be putting this one out. Hardcore along the lines of JFA, Adolescents, you know that California sound around '81 when kids started to dig the Germs.
Here's one of their sets from the weekend.

Agitated @ The Rosemount from Total Recommendation on Vimeo.

Thursday, May 17, 2012


Only about 20 copies of the Helta Skelta LP left and once these are gone that's it, so if you want a copy you had better grab one soon.

Couple of reviews this record has received

Sorry State Records:

Here you go: Debut LP from this killer Australian band that perfectly toes the line between hardcore and garage rock. The vocals are pure hardcore a la Negative Approach or Poison Idea, but the music is a lot catchier... the guitar has just minimal distortion, and the riffs are bouncy and catchy. I can't really think of another band doing this style in the same way... the closest thing might be Texas's Wiccans, but these songs are catchier and even more punk. Speaking of Texas bands, this also reminds me a little of the Video LP, but much more hardcore-oriented and with a fuzzy and nasty HC-style recording. This is an absolutely killer LP, and since it's self-released in Australia and very limited I imagine these won't be easy to come by. Note: all of my copies arrived with a pretty nasty seam split, so if you're a stickler for condition you might not be interested. Seriously, though, this is one of the best LPs that will come through this month.

Mess and Noise:

I'm just going to come out and say it. These Perth guys are one of the best punk bands going around at the moment. They mix just the right amount of gnarly hardcore and punk rock with an emphasis on “rock”. Their self-titled LP comes out fast and frantic and with plenty of gruffness on the opening 'Son of Man'. They cover hometown heroes The Victims ('Disco Junkies'), but make it their own with some slowed down and weirded-out parts. The closing 'I Am Shiva, God of Death' is gold! I imagine they would kill it live. Best punk band Australia has produced in ages.

Sunday, May 13, 2012


Next releaase is locked in, HSR:002 Napalm Hearts - Urban Noise 7"

These guys aren't together anymore but they released a demo back in 2008 that I'm now having pressed. These guys were around for a while in Melbourne playing their own take on hardcore that toed the line between bands like Negative Approach, and UK street punk and oi! With hard hitting vocals and catchy hooks. They took a no bullshit approach to this kind of music as it should be and played some great live shows. The Dead Boys cover on here is sleazy and fucking great adding to the aesthetic. I'm glad I was over that way at the time to catch them and am pretty excited to be re-releasing this.
Just fine tuning the artwork and then it's off to the plant

Napalm Hearts - Freedom is by HeltaSkeltaRecords

Monday, May 7, 2012


Footage from yesterdays show, thanks heaps to Tom for filming this and thanks heaps to everyone who came out. Turned out to be a great show. Hopefully after the place is sound proofed the neighbours will ease up and this won't be the last show 208 sees.
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Helta Skelta Live 208 from Total Recommendation on Vimeo.