Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Juarez 'Revontulet' out now

Jess Pinney's incredible solo debut, Revontulet, is out now.

Juarez is the solo project of Jessica Pinney, and Revontulet (SBB012) is her debut release for the Sabbatical label. This is a dark electroacoustic work centred on processed analogue electronics and the layering of rich vocal lines, generating an eerie intimacy that is equally inviting and unsettling. The four extended pieces comprising Revontulet were tracked and mixed by Marcus Cook at Head Gap in Preston, Victoria during July 2008.

Available from and Australian independent record stores. If you local doesn't have it ask them to order it in through Missing Link Distribution.

Tuesday, 30 December 2008

2008 Christmas party documentation

Sabbatical set


Absoluten Calfeutrail


Default Jamerson

Imminent Dead Boomers start

Dead Boomers

Sweat Lung

Blarke Bayer

Collapsed Toilet Vietnam


Sean Baxter / Joe Talia / Anthea Caddy / James Rushford / Alex Garsden / Fjorn Butler / JK Fuller / Christopher LG Hill / Alex Vivian / Emma Albury/ Sophie Brous

Thanks to all who came out to celebrate what has been a great year. Thanks to Annalee and Stutter for providing a live outlet for this sort of music and to our brother in arms Pete Hyde (Sweat Lung).

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Combined Christmas party - harsh noise Santa party

With the year drawing to a close Stutter, Sweat Lung and Sabbatical have combined forces to throw the largest noise party in town. Nineteen musicians, three sets. Better than your work Christmas party.

Photographic documentation: last Old Bar show of 2008

Aktion Unit

Rod Cooper

Wasted Truth

Collapsed Toilet Vietnam

Friday, 28 November 2008

Sabbatical presents: Collapsed Toilet Vietnam

Thursday, 11 December Sabbatical hosts our final show for 2008 at the Old Bar. Headlining this show is broken scum rock/grind unit Collapsed Toilet Vietnam, in one of their final performances prior to a three month break. A new release from the group (a split cassette with Pathetic Human) should be available at this show. Also performing are Wasted Truth (an awesome new duo featuring Sean Bailey of Lakes and Harriet Morgan of Downtown), Rod Cooper (legendary instrument builder obsessed with the qualities of metal) and Aktion Unit (featuring Rene Schaefer (Hand Hell) and Dan Lewis (Mirror Farm) with guest Liam Matthews on percussion). The show kicks off at 8:30pm, and entry is a mere six of your worthless Australian dollars.

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Dead Boomers at Stutter

Two shots from the Dead Boomers performance at Stutter a few weeks back. Thanks to Pat O'Brien from the wonderful Sunshine & Grease for capturing these special moments.

Grover with Tsingtao

Leith with industrial fan power.

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Sabbatical presents: The Old Bar 231008

Following the recent closure of the Afterdark in Northcote, Sabbatical is proud to announce that our monthly shows have now relocated to the Old Bar (74-76 Johnston Street Fitzroy). The first of these new series of shows falls on Thursday, 23 October 2008 and features a couple of largely dormant gems from the early Sabbatical catalogue.

Bone Sheriff (a duo consisting of active local heads Rob Mayson and Simon Taylor) makes a welcome return to live performance after a lengthy hiatus, as does the almighty Aux Assembly duo of Dimitra and Elise Bishop. Also appearing is the fascinating Oranj Punjabi project of Fjorn Butler and Dead Boomers, a duo consisting of 2/3 of the Sabbatical crew, Mark Groves and Leith Thomas.

Entry for this show is $6, and the door shall open at 8:30pm. The Sabbatical catalogue (including our releases from Bone Sheriff and Aux Assembly) along with a number of related works will be available for sale on the evening.

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Sabbatical and Melbourne Fringe Festival present: CTV vs Embers 101008

68 Little Collins St Melbourne
9.30pm / $8

Collapsed Toilet Vietnam is a quartet comprised of local volume dealers Robert Mayson, Simon Taylor, Mark Groves and Pete Hyde. The group deals in ultra-primitive scum rock moves, improvisation utilising low-life Saturday night clich├ęs, and decaying equipment held together with swathes of gaffa tape. A reconfigured drum kit, willing throat abuse and a severe general reduction in approach have all figured heavily in past live performances. Embers is a brutal free-jazz/grind-noise quartet. The group is made up of Bucketrider members, Adam Simmons (various saxophones), Dave Brown (electric microtonal bass) and Sean Baxter (drum kit and junk) with Globe Unity Orchestra alumni, Kris Wanders (tenor saxophone). This collaborative performance is the kind of hell that induces a heavy panic attack. Supporting is Poletopra (Marco Fusinato/Anthony Pateras duo).

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Sabbatical presents: Neckhold/Sound Dweller 041008

From 7pm Saturday 4 October Sabbatical presents a special evening show at Catfood Press (289 Lygon St East Brunswick) featuring Sound Dweller (a trio from the Sunshine Coast associated with the Trapdoor Tapes label), Neckhold (a Brisbane based noise duo), Sean Baxter & Rod Cooper in a rare handmade instruments/junk percussion duo performance, Absoluten Calfeutrail (Mark Groves in solo mode) and Wasted Truth (a new duo featuring Sean Bailey (Lakes/Paeces) and Harriet Morgan (Downtown)). $8 Entry from 6pm // ALL AGES

Monday, 25 August 2008

Sabbatical presents: SCUM NIGHT II

Saturday 13 September Sabbatical presents our seventh monthly night at The Afterdark (565 High Street Northcote), and our second SCUM NIGHT (see the first). This time we play host to the harsh noise of Fuck, The Retarded Girl, the hateful improvisation of Occult Blood, the return of the almighty John Butler Fucks Kids, and outsider noise entity Cult of the Placenta Head. Non-stop hell; a great Saturday evening is promised all round. Five bucks in from 9pm.

Friday, 22 August 2008

Catacomb Carousel comes to Melbourne

This Saturday at the Cobra Bar (Upstairs at the Tote). It's going to be killer good times.

Kicks off at 9pm, cover charge is $7 or $5 if you dress up.

Here's what they've got to say:

New monthly club night happenin at Cobra Bar, Collingwood Melbourne (upstairs from The Tote). Come dressed in your most acid trip attire (the more mind bent the better) to a night of stratosphere soaring sonic salutation. $1 from each tix goes to the Cambodian Landmine Relief Fund. A night to dance like you're possessed by shamanic demons! Featuring D.J Shits and Giggles (Super Stupid), Shags (SkyKlang Records) & The Crusher (Berlin/England).

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Green Beret launch documentation

A comfortable crowd at the Afterdark.

Snawklor big band kraut set.

Green Beret in full swing.

Earlier in the week Henry Kripps and Justin Fuller of Green Beret were guests on Adrian Okerby's excellent show, Makeshift Swahilli on Melbourne's PBS FM. You can listen to the interview by signing up to the PBS website here.

Green Beret's self-titled release is available now from the Sabbatical shop.

Monday, 28 July 2008

Sunshine & Grease opening weekend

Some photos of just a few of the acts from the incredible festival held last weekend for the opening of Sunshine & Grease, a new music, film and book store.

The proprietor, Pat O'Brien, living it up.

Absoluten Calfeutrail and Juarez collaboration.

Wasted Truth.

Collapsed Toilet Vietnam (who did cause the cops to arrive, only too late to find the noise).

Label boss, after winning the art raffle and receiving this work by Chris Hill (Mof Far Far Rah).

Sunshine & Grease is located on the first floor of Bus Gallery, 117 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. You can find all the Sabbatical titles instore as well as a wealth of awesome known and unknown pleasures.

Opening times:
Thursday, 12-6pm
Friday, 12-8pm
Saturday, 12-6pm

On Saturday 9 August Sabbatical proudly presents the launch of our next series release Green Beret (SBB011) at the Afterdark (565 High Street Northcote). This release documents an ongoing collaboration between three Melbourne based artists active in a range of contexts: Justin Fuller, Arek Gulbenkoglu and Henry Krips. The self titled work consists of two extended pieces recorded at MPS studio in 2007, and will be available for purchase at the launch along with other Sabbatical catalogue items. Also performing on this occasion are Snawklor, Undecisive God and Default Jamerson. 9pm start/$5 entry. Default Jamerson 9:30 - 10pm / Undecisive God 10:15 - 10:45pm / Snawklor 11:00 - 11:30pm / Green Beret 11:45 - 12:15pm