Ausmuteants are a group from Geelong, Australia combining cheap guitars and thrift-store electronics into a blend of snotty and tense synth-driven punk. As a duo of friends obsessed with early synth punk and new wave, Jake and Billy began making tapes at home. Soon Ausmuteants expanded to a more conventional four-piece lineup, and four increasingly sophisticated and melodic albums followed, culminating in the conceivably prophetic 'Band Of The Future' in 2016. The band members spend their downtime making politically charged stencil art, promoting sustainable farming and fishing, and thinking they are top fucking shit for having a record on Goner.
Crackups are a band of extremes. Insanely fast, but tight as a duck's ass. Extremely loud but with a keen sense of melody. Featuring members from Double Veterans, Priceduifkes, Psycho 44, they gained notoriety through fiercely intense live shows and a defiant punk attitude. After reaching the finals of Belgium's biggest talent hunt Humo's Rock Rally and releasing a bottle rocket of a debut album with 'Animals on Acid', they suddenly disappeared from the scene in 2012. Nowthey are throwing themselves headfirst into a comeback, the likes of which this land has never seen... expect sounds inspired by The Stooges, Black Flag and Devo, mashed into something fiercely unique and original.
Prettiest Eyes is Pachy (drum & vocals), Marcos (bass) and Paco (keys) throwing up a wild mix of garage, punk, Motorik, and psych - all with a distinctive Puertorican slash Mexican flavour. Their self-titled debut EP was released digitally in 2013, and after seeing the band live Castle Face Records' John Dwyer was quick to scoop them up and release their next album 'Pools' on his own label. He has plenty of nice stuff to say about them: "they are captivating, they are odd, they make strange and interesting choices…futuristic and yet drawn from the same sonic sludge that all mankind derives from". for fans of Screamers, Suicide, Chrome, and yes, even a hint of Birthday Party.
"Tell your best Dwarves story and win cash! Tales of sex, violence, vandalism and villainy; peace, love and musical harmony; death, dope and debauchery!" A recent post on The Dwarves' website tells you everything you need to know - although you may not necessarily want to know it. Dwarves have seen it all and done it all, especially when it is guaranteed to upset, outrage or shock. Singer Blag Dahlia and guitarist Hewhocannotbenamed have been the only constant members throughout the band's 35 years, although Nick 'Rex Everything' Oliveri can also be considered a longtime member. If you want to see a dirty and lowdown punk show, there's still no better option than to go see The Dwarves!