Friday, 28 December 2012

Documentation: Hans Harms live at The Gasometer

From Sabbatical presents: New Releases at The Gasometer, 8 November 2012.

Limited edition cassette EP and digital release still available via Bandcamp.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Sabbatical showcase at Sound Summit

Sabbatical has been invited to take part in this year's Sound Summit Festival in Newcastle. We will be presenting a free showcase at the Terrace Bar this Saturday, featuring a selection of Sabbatical artists.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Sabbatical presents:

Justin Fuller
Default Jamerson
Eko Eko Azarak
Von Einem

Terrace Bar, 529 Hunter Street, Newcastle


The showcase will also act as the launch for new cassette releases from Justin Fuller and Eko Eko Azarak. Tapes and other Sabbatical releases will be available at the show.

Sound Summit 2012 from Angela Bermuda on Vimeo.

The WFMU Free Music Archive has a mix available for streaming featuring all the artists appearing over the weekend.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

New cassette releases

Dick Threats 'Excellents'

Excellents marks a shift in the sound of Mark Groves and Sharryn Koppens' Dick Threats project. While the absurd track titles and tape hiss of 2011's Meat Cashremain, a darker quality is evident in these six pieces. This time Sharryn's trumpet is for the most part pitch-shifted and droning, while the hectic plundered rhythms ofMeat Cash have given way to intermittent rolling shapes drenched in cavernous reverb. Severe jump cuts between tracks are also eschewed in favour of vaporous fades between passages. This is undeniably a new atmosphere for a resurgent mission.

Edition of 50

Hans Harms 'Vulnerable Sources Project'

Vulnerable Sources Project is the first recorded collaboration between Mark Groves, Leith Thomas, and Dave Coen. The brutalist rhythms and unforgiving electronics of related projects Dead Boomers and Ivens are present here, offering a skeleton in which vocal lines unfurl. These four pieces are principally concerned with a cynical, disillusioned observation of contemporary Australia: the systemic misuse of authority, persistently disappointing discourse, wilful ignorance and an ever-present internalized inferiority complex.

Edition of 50

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Sabbatical and Hamburger Lady present: Multiples


MULTIPLES: Audiovisual Modular Synthesizer Experimentation


+ Magnetic Fields DJs

Friday, 24 August 2012
The Gasometer, corner Smith St and Alexandra Prd

Join us Upstairs at The Gasometer for a night of audiovisual experimentation with four performers utilising modular synthesizers. From noise to drone, dance and back again.

Doors at 8pm

Monday, 13 August 2012

Documentation: Winter Pairs

Pewter Snake Necklace and Eric Demetriou

Smash Tennis and Tess E. McKenzie

Smash Tennis and Tess E. McKenzie

Eko Eko Azarak and Travis Heinrich

Eko Eko Azarak and Travis Heinrich

Cured Pink with Dirk de Bruyn

Cured Pink with Dirk de Bruyn

Cured Pink with Dirk de Bruyn
Nun and Vijay Thillaimuthu

Nun and Vijay Thillaimuthu

Nun and Vijay Thillaimuthu

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Sabbatical presents: Winter Pairs

A selection of aural and visual artists, brought to together to create a night of distinct and diverse sounds and sights.
FIRST PAIRING: Pewter Snake Necklace / Eric Demetriou
SECOND PAIRING: Smash Tennis / Tess E. McKenzie
FIFTH PAIRING: Nun / Vijay Thillaimuthu
SIXITH PAIRING: Cured Pink / Dirk de Bruyn
Hans Harms 'Vulnerable Sources Project' – a collaboration between Dead Boomers and Ivens

Dick Threats 'Excellents' – the dark follow-up to Meat Cash

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Dry Process opens at Rearview Gallery

A collaboration between Dead Boomers and Wife

The idea of irrefutable truth is the bedrock of public discourse. It is used to form opinions and decide alignment within argument. But these fervently held beliefs -- often taken as unimpeachable gospel -- are built on subjective presentations of fact.

Taking the public furore surrounding the Lindy Chamberlin case as source material, Dry Process acknowledges the subjectivity at the heart of public truth and invites participation in the creation of yet another version through the window of the photocopier plate.

Workshops will be conducted over the course of the exhibition, creating new interpretations and perspectives. All are welcome to participate.

Dry Process is a collaboration between music groups Dead Boomers (Mark Groves and Leith Thomas) and Wife (Samaan Fieck and Eric Demitriou). The groups have created a series of sound works to accompany the installation. These will be released on cassette and digitally in the coming weeks.

Rearview Gallery
Rear, 244 Smith Street, Collingwood

10-31 August 2012
Wednesday to Saturdays, 12.00pm to 6.00pm

Opening Friday, 10 August at 7.00pm

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Dead Boomers NSW tour

Dead Boomers NSW launch shows for 'The Pig In The Python' this weekend.

Friday night at The Pharmacy in Newcastle with Mitchell Brennan, Echo Courts and others.

Saturday afternoon at Black Wire Records in Sydney with Justice Yeldham, Cured Pink, Defektro and more.

Copies of the 12" and other Sabbatical releases will be available at both shows.

Monday, 12 March 2012

Documentation: recordings from the Labour Day Weekend

Radio Valerie has posted the recordings of all the sets from the Labour Day Weekend shows. Stream or download them all here:

Many thanks to Radio Valerie for the live broadcast and recordings, KIPL for the continued use of their space, In The Shadow Of The Sun Cinema for the visual selections, Keith Deverell for the time stretched video piece, Tash for the providing the bake sale, everyone who played, and everyone who came and enjoyed themselves.

More photos coming soon.

Friday, 2 March 2012

Dead Boomers 'The Pig In The Python' 12"

Melbourne heads - for those of you with an interest in picking up a copy of the Dead Boomers album 'The Pig In The Python' prior to the launch on the 10th March, copies are now in stock at Polyester Records, Ritual Music and Round & Round.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Sabbatical presents: Labour Day Weekend

Sabbatical presents:
Labour Day Weekend
10-11 March 2012

Two days or rare performances, staged at KIPL, broadcast live on Radio Valerie.

$10 for each show or $15 for both

KIPL, 136 Roden Street, West Melbourne

For those inclined, the Facebook event is here.

Saturday, 7pm to late
Beginning with a cacophony of noise, gradually evolving into a dance party. Featuring live performances, video works, DJs and a cinematheque.

The Informatics - first performance since 1984
Dead Boomers - back from US tour and launching a new 12"
Occult Blood - first show since INC last May

Beneath The Forest Floor DJs inbetween the performances
A new video work by Keith Deverell
In the Shadow of the Sun Cinema playing in the back room

Sunday, 4.30pm t0 10pm
Recovery. Relax into day two of the long weekend with intricate, complex and subtle performances. Ample seating, cool drinks and suitable cuisine on offer throughout.

Mitchell Brennan - debut of a new quadrophonic piece
Stainer Black Five - from New Zealand

Batchelor Kitchen DJs throughout

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

UPDATED Dead Boomers US tour and album launch

To launch their new album 'The Pig In The Python' (and Sabbatical's first vinyl release), Dead Boomers are touring the United States, starting in late January.

30.1.12 Davis CA Davis Bike Collective w/Walls +
31.1.12 Portland OR The Know w/Walls, Banishing and Das Butcher
7.2.12 Providence RI AS220 w/Sharpwaist, The Vomit Arsonist, Work/Death
8.2.12 Boston MA Starlab w/Vehement Caress, Amobriax +
9.2.12 Far Rockaway NY Red Light District w/Neckhold, Sewn leather and Buddy Bag
11.2.12 Richmond VA Strange Matter w/Frailty of Angels +
14.2.12 New York NY Zebulon w/Degreaser and Modra

More dates and further details TBC. Check back here for the most up to date information on the tour and 12" release.

The Pig In The Python is the debut album from Dead Boomers, following short run cassette and compact disc recordable releases on Sabbatical. The prospect of an aging population dominates these ominous narratives, exploring anxious visions of a seemingly inevitable future. Divided into two distinct segments, the lurid forecasts of the album A side are comprised of rhythm and vocal led blasts that have defined recent live performances - while the B side features a series of heavy electronic themes. Familiar elements within the duo's arsenal remain in these pieces, augmented by gestures new to the project. The Pig In The Python was recorded to 1/4" tape with Neil Thomason at Head Gap, and mastered by Kris Lapke.

The 12" will be available at all the dates on the US tour and by mailorder in late February.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Sabbatical presents: Labour Day Weekend

10 - 11 MARCH 2012

Sabbatical presents two days of rare performances by a range of Melbourne, interstate and international artists. Full line-up and details to be announced soon.