Shearwater Records is pleased to announce the fourteenth in a series of weekly – more or less – releases in their virtual seven inch “OCF” series.
Union of Sleep - OCF 14
A few months ago we went for a long drive up the line with my in-laws, looking for unplundered op-shops to scavenge. We ended up in pretty much [&*^%&$], a tiny town we’d never heard of with a dairy, two pubs, a primary school, a junk shop in what had clearly been the post office, and a small group of disaffected fourteen year olds in really peculiar clothing, with an old-school ghetto blaster rocking the Futurians’ ‘Spock Ritual’. What…the…….POXRIDDEN [fork] we said, and went over to be like, ‘Hello’, and, ‘That’s our friends’ band’, and ‘This is quite odd!’. They turned out to be the local teenage weirdos, and – as all Futurians fans are – they couldn’t have been nicer people. They also had a band of their own, called Union of Sleep, based on YouTubed No Wave videos and the records that Aiden, one of the guitarists, had inherited from his grand-dad. His grand-dad (who had been the local high school art teacher) had been some kind of ginormous hipster in the Little Band scene in Melbourne in his youth; his pristine copy of ‘Confusion is Sex’ was their favourite record back in their last year of PRIMARY SCHOOL. PRIMARY SCHOOL.
We found this out all in about five minutes; we exchanged emails, and in the course of time they sent me a link to some recordings they’d uploaded. Here’s some I’ve picked more or less at random – cheap guitars, cheap bass, a cheap laptop loaded with drum samples because a kit is too expensive, played through cheap amps – the sound of a group of people in the first throes of discovering the fact that, when you don’t know any chords, the music that you make is far more exciting that the lame [shirt] the rugby-heads around you listen to.
The other kids at their school hate them and pretend that Genevieve, the bass-player, must be a boy; their parents are mostly confused. But I love their crazy, beyond good and bad music, it’s beautiful and hilarious and joyful and pained, just like adolescence… and I’m really, really stoked to be releasing this, my favourite of the whole OCF series.
Available for free from the DivShare link below. Size: 11.9 Mb.
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