WUOG x GATH Best Friends Forever Show
with Friendships and Friendship
Cool Ghouls, Gary Eddy Band, Man’s Trash
Thu · May 11, 2017
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm
Rooftop @ Georgia Theatre
This event is 18 and overhttp://www.georgiatheatre.com/event/1471389/
They're friendships (lower case, higher hands) an audio/visual 2 piece from Melbourne who play chaotic future sounds, storming drum'n'bass, postWarp slammers and searing, earshearing techno. But the duo were nearly scythed into one when Grace had a fall from, well, grace last year. Misha dropped 5 metres off a roof at an after party in Brooklyn at CMJ New York and very nearly slipped off this mortal coil. "I honestly thought she was dead," her soulmate/bandmate Brown said. "Her eyes were in the back of her head and she wasn't breathing."
Grace escaped with only a broken humerus and Brown completed the tour himself. He got by. Now they're back at full strength and feeling immortal as they prepare to release Nullarbor 19881989 on September 30 via Dot Dash / Remote Control Records in partnership with US based label Mansion.
“The Nullarbor plain is the physical body of land that links Misha and I (Jerramungup, Western Australia & Footscray, Victoria),” says Brown. “We have conceptually created an audio/visual representation to the Nullarbor in 19881989. Isolation and incredible harsh landscapes. Blood, sweat and gravel. Dust kicks and kisses the Great Australian Bight. A time when the road was king and petrol was God”.
Grace has done a painting for every song on the record, including the toosoonsurely The Roof. Her works feature drooling, gnashing dogs, an obese man on an invisible crucifix blurting “God Bless America,” and blue and brown smeared figures, meshed with each other.
“When I got back from the ‘States after the accident, I had nothing. I couldn’t work,” says Grace. “I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t perform. I was on a small allowance from Centrelink so I rented a shitty studio in Footscray with it and painted for 6 months. I listened to the album, again and again and again and heard thousands of individuals trying to be understood and heard all at the same time. I see the mateship and the hateship, the loneliness and that popularity”.
Brown continues: “Sonically I wanted to draw from these ideas and set the listener in a scene, burning down the Nullarbor plain in a Holden V8, ciggie puffing out the window, running away from your life, the road folding around you like a blanket.”
friendships have racked up their flying hours. They've supported
Erykah Badu, Thundercat, Purity Ring, Mark Pritchard, RL Grime and blown crowds away at BIGSOUND (Brisbane), Volumes Festival (Sydney), Paradise Music Festival (Vic), Golden Plains Festival (Vic), SXSW (TX) and CMJ (NY).
“My heritage is rural farming, but I've lived the last few years in city clubs. I wanted it to feel like a distinctly Australian album.
I want people to be able to taste the salt of the land and smell the sweat,” Brown says. You can smell Misha’s acrylic paint too.
Nullarbor 19881989 includes lead single When I Feel Like Killing, I Murder, an exploration into a “Heart of Darkness” similar to themes Joseph Conrad wrote about in the 127 page novel Apocalypse Now is based on. "There's skull on my steel caps, legend, and I'm not happy about that," Brown spits in Jerramungup 1988, moments before 'Murder slashes in.
The record features collaborations with Yaw Faso, thelovelyme, Unsoundbwoy and Habits.
friendships are alive and kicking.
Ready to raise the roof and splinter the rules.
Going in for the kill.
Mikey Cahill, Aug 2016
Rooftop @ Georgia Theatre
215 N. Lumpkin St
Athens, GA, 30601