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.