Laughing Gear – Freak Lemons
LP / Digital (HEVMAC012)
Formed by vocalist / pattern architect Bryce Sweatman in 2018, Laughing Gear combine modulating analogue synths with Compu-Rhythm drum machine loops, complemented by a howling / delay-induced vocal screech that harks back to an era of synth-punk that was most dominant in the 1980’s underground music. Fergus Sinclair’s incendiary guitar work is drenched in chorus effects that allow these unique synth-punk & anarcho worlds to collide and mutate, culminating in a highly original musical space that is provocative, jarring and exhilarating.
Laughing Gear’s stunning debut album ‘Freak Lemons’ is a formidable collection of cutting-edge dystopian synth punk and incisive socio-political commentary, delivered with an acid tongue and a wry sense of gallows humour. A finely honed 80s pop sensibility is mixed with heavy doses of vintage synth worship and punk rock antagonism, while the history of underground music is slyly referenced.
The result is a defiantly original and unapologetically danceable album brimming with whip-smart lyrics and cunningly crafted songs where hooks and concepts fly thick and fast.
‘Freak Lemons’ will be released digitally and in a limited vinyl edition of 300 copies on July 21. The first taste of the album ‘Private Sector’ is out now.
Check out the blazing first single and preorder your limited edition LP HERE
Jalang – Santau
LP / Digital (HEVMAC016)
‘Jalang’ in Bahasa Indonesia is one of those ‘odd’ words: when describing the masculine it means wild, feral, undomesticated; while for feminine figures it translates as promiscuous, slutty or evil — something the band aims to reclaim as a mark of feminine pride. Jalang invokes the band members’ diasporic and queer narratives through hardcore punk, mixing ideas and personal experiences that often inter-connect but also continue to conflict with the world around us.
Recorded by Jason Fuller (Goatsound) at Tender Trap Studios in Melbourne, Santau is 11 tracks of incandescent punk energy from this supergroup of Melbourne underground music, tackling real world issues of politics, power and protest. Next-level musical performances, inspirational song writing and the relentless fury of Alda’s vocals combine to produce one of the most intelligent, crucial and viscerally exciting Australian punk releases in years.
File under: D-Beat punk, hardcore punk
Deluxe limited edition gatefold heavyweight red coloured 12” Vinyl LP with OBI Strip. Cover art by Alda (Deliriousinkarts) & Micah James (Scrawnart). Limited pressing of 300 copies.
Releases July 23, 2021
Bacchus Harsh – Caveat Tumultum
2LP / Digital (HEVMAC011)
Caveat Tumultum is an expansive double LP of icy post-breakcore industrial heaviness, where hallucinogenic cinematic atmospheres collide with sample-driven mania and complex mechanical rhythms. The resulting album is a 60 minute masterclass in foreboding electronic production, dystopian sonic manipulation and the thrillingly visceral experience of true underground party music.
File under: post-breakcore / industrial electronics / occult cinematica
Deluxe limited edition gatefold heavyweight silver coloured 12” Vinyl 2LP with OBI Strip. Cover art by Gabriel Nilsen, design by Luke Fraser. Limited pressing of 300 copies.
Releases June 11, 2021
J. P. Shilo – Jubjoté
LP / Digital (HEVMAC006)
Enigmatic multi-instrumentalist J.P. Shilo emerges from the shadows to present Jubjoté, a beautifully esoteric live reimagining of the Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ.
Best known for his work with legendary Melbourne band Hungry Ghosts, as well as contributions to classic albums by Rowland S. Howard, Mick Harvey, Adalita, The Triffids and the Blackeyed Susans, Shilo’s unique musicianship is world-renowned. Here he lends his magic touch to the grand organ, guitar, synthesiser, electronics, sound collage and spoken word to produce a work of singular artistic vision.
Guided by the eternal motion of the Shepard Tone, the listener is plunged beyond the comfort of normalcy to consider a shifting subject position that cannot escape the churn of cultural progress. As L.J. Spruyt’s cover art suggests, Jubjoté invokes a reckoning with multiple concurrent realities. Shilo’s Grand Organ is by turns elegant, sick, beautiful and decrepit.
Backed for this live performance by Hungry Ghosts violinist & co-conspirator T. J. Howden, Shilo leads the capacity Town Hall audience through oscillations of neoclassical focus, wild-eyed psychedelia and avant-garde fragmentation.
For fans of: Klaus Shulze, Eliane Radigue, Olivier Messiaen & Ken Nordine
Deluxe limited edition gatefold heavyweight white, green and black effect coloured 12” Vinyl LP with OBI Strip. Cover image by L. J. Spruyt Photography, design by Luke Fraser.
Releases June 25, 2021
Video directed by L. J. Spruyt
Cale Sexton – Sustain
LP / Digital (HEVMAC007)
Australian cosmic electronica genius Cale Sexton presents SUSTAIN – a stunning new work commissioned for Melbourne’s iconic outdoor sound sculpture the Federation Bells. Sexton combines this unique public musical instrument with fresh realms of cinematic electro synth and interstellar ambient techno to produce an intricate hybrid form of transcendental hardware psychedelia.
File under: electronic psychedelia / industrial percussion / euphoric synth
Album of the week – PBS FM
A fascinating form of hybrid interdimensional exotica – Cyclic Defrost
A highly anticipated work in experimental electronica – Tone Deaf
Deluxe limited edition gatefold heavyweight transparent blue, red and orange spatter coloured 12” Vinyl LP with OBI Strip. Art and Design by Luke Fraser.
Video directed by Jon Watts
Ehsan Gelsi – Ephemera
LP / Digital (HEVMAC010)
File under: grand organ / progressive soundtrack / ecstatic electronica
Deluxe limited edition heavyweight maroon coloured 12” Vinyl LP in gatefold sleeve with OBI Strip. Art and Design by Luke Fraser. Cover painting by Benedict Sibley.
Video directed by Ben Willis
Bridget Chappell – Undertow
LP / Digital (HEVMAC005)
Heavy Machinery Records is proud to present Undertow – the debut full length LP from Australian electronic composer and cellist Bridget Chappell (Hextape).
Bridget Chappell takes contemporary and historical data of local water management and water colonisation sourced from the City of Melbourne’s Open Data Platform, and runs it through a process of sonification to create UNDERTOW – a stunning original work composed for cello, electronics and Melbourne’s extraordinary public sound sculpture: the Federation Bells. The result is a searingly original data-driven work that combines neoclassical strings, industrial percussion and vaporwave textures to create an exciting and thought-provoking site-specific sound work.
Bridget Chappell is an award-winning Australian sound artist working on the unceded lands of the First Peoples of the Millewa-Mallee. Their often data-driven work explores colonial responsibility, the climate crisis, policing and surveillance, and rave nostalgia.
The land where Birrarung Marr Park and the Federation Bells now stand were underwater: forming part of a system of rivers, creeks, marshland and lagoons, much of which today has been driven underground and away from the city’s conscious face. Now contained in a network of drains, some trace an underground path mirroring – or mocking – the rivers’ original flow. Using the City of Melbourne’s Open Data Platform, Bridget Chappell combines contemporary and historical data of local water management and water colonisation. Through a process of sonification – the musical representation of visual data – they perform an original work: an aural painting of the last 185 years of the Birrarung River (“Yarra”) and Narrm bay (“Port Phillip”) composed for the Federation Bells and cello.
You may know Chappell in another life as the hardcore gabber, jungle, breakbeat, and techno project Hextape, but this is a very different world. Cyclic Defrost
Freshwater Falls’ is a masterclass in utilising outdated musical artefacts in a contemporary context. Great experimental electronica from an artist that has been making the most out of 2020. Weirdo Wasteland
Deluxe limited edition heavyweight transparent aqua and deep blue coloured 12” Vinyl LP in gatefold sleeve with OBI Strip. Art and Design by Luke Fraser. Cover photo by Neville Bowler.
Limited pressing of 300 copies
Out now – by your limited edition copy on Transparent Aqua and Deep Blue Vinyl here.
File under: Esoteric Electronics / Industrial Percussion / Contemporary Classical
Video directed by Henry Pyne
Naretha Willams – BLAK MASS
LP / Digital (HEVMAC004)
Heavy Machinery Records is proud to present BLAK MASS – the debut full length LP from Naretha Williams.
Commissioned by The City Of Melbourne for a live performance in 2019, BLAK MASS sees Naretha combine the gargantuan Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ with live electronics to realise her complex progressive compositions. BLAK MASS reflects on the city’s jarring civic history and the impact of colonisation on its First Peoples and Land, through an experimental, site specific musical performance developed for the Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ.
BLAK MASS considers the Grand Organ as a significant symbol of European domination and reaches deep in to the psyche of the instrument to create a haunting, avant-garde sound work.
WINNER – Best Experimental Avant-Garde Act – Music Victoria Awards 2019
Video directed by Goodworthy
New War – Trouble In The Air
LP / Digital (HEVMAC002)
Commissioned by the City of Melbourne, Trouble in the Air is a new song cycle composed for voice, bass guitar, electronics and the Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ. Recorded live at the Melbourne Town Hall. The band describes the work as a “cold dream of uncertainty & rupture”.
★★★★ Album of the week – The Age
Has there been a truer album title for the times we live in? Recorded live in 2017, New War’s Trouble in the Air is their third album in a little over a decade but true to form, this Melbourne four-piece has again steered clear of any sense of convention and done their own thing, spectacularly.
The centrepiece here is Melbourne Town Hall’s glorious four-storey high Grand Organ with Jesse Shepherd at the keys. These seven tracks ooze with a weighty, existential mood that’s complimented by equally trippy rhythms and singer Chris Pugmire’s post-punk howl.
Videos directed by Agostino Soldati
Sarah Mary Chadwick – The Queen Who Stole The Sky
LP / Digital (HEVMAC003)
The Queen Who Stole The Sky is Chadwick’s most plangent, resonant work. While all her past records have been result of the strength of her intent and talent, there’s something shocking about the austere composition of this album that feels as if it’s coagulated Chadwick’s vision into a ferocious, arresting whole. The Queen Who Stole The Sky is rarely an easy listen – it is terrifyingly loud and heartbreakingly vulnerable, often grotesque in its sadness – but the sense of pure catharsis it elicits is unparalleled.
★★★★★ – The Guardian
The Queen Who Stole the Sky was performed and recorded live on the Melbourne Town Hall’s historic grand organ, and its 147-year-old Victorian-era engineering allows for vast, unending tones and sepulchral bellows. It’s a sound that can create its own reality, which is something the New Zealand expatriate has been doing since leaving her breakthrough band Batrider for a solo career. Self-analysis and furious reasoning are a constant in Chadwick’s work, but the grand organ’s stark textures provide a new landscape that reaches a wrenching culmination on I Just Came to Pray.
★★★★ Album of the week – Sydney Morning Herald
Video directed by Agostino Soldati
CLING CLANG: Compositions for Computer-Controlled Bells and Australian Electronics
LP / Digital (HEVMAC001)
CLING CLANG is a compilation of new original dark electronic works specially commissioned for the City of Melbourne’s extraordinary outdoor industrial sound sculpture the Federation Bells.
Featuring new works by Forces, Zanias, friendships, Naretha Williams, Kangaroo Skull, Vacuum, Ash Wednesday and OK Sure.
Ear-shearing techno, pounding EBM, experimental electronics and minimal wave atmospherics will meld with the exotic sounds of this peculiar public percussion robot: creating a world-exclusive sound art / dark dance hybrid – perfect for music nerds, electro goths and techno enthusiasts alike.
File under: Esoteric Electronics / Industrial Percussion / Experimental Dance
Released as a Deluxe 12″ LP in a Gatefold sleeve in a limited edition of 300 copies.
Video directed by Misha Grace