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Wandering Oak: Tropical Fuck Storm (AU)

  • Cobalt 10-16 Boyd Street Newcastle upon Tyne, England, NE2 1AP United Kingdom (map)
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Saturday 18th May
Wandering Oak brings you:

TFS Band • (Australia. Tropical Fuck Storm Records)
Australia's art/psych/punk maniacs Tropical Fuck Storm are coming to tour UK and Europe for the first time this May/June.

The phantasmagorical debut album by Tropical Fuck Storm, ‘A Laughing Death in Meatspace’ released in late 2018, delivers a fraught vision of algorithmic apocalypse.

Featuring Gareth Liddiard and Fiona Kitchin from Australian heroes The Drones, Tropical Fuck Storm’s debut is an end-of-days consciousness-stream across nine seething tracks. A Laughing Death In Meatspace dive-bombs into the realms of mortality and immortality, moralizing and amorality; the passing of time, and how little we have left. These are lurid songs, urgently told through Gareth Liddiard's barbed and byzantine lyricism, abrasive guitar slashes, drum adrenalin, raunchy bass and electronic undercurrents. They're raging, rapscallion, and funny, lyrically delving into everything from internet shaming to the kuru “laughing death” disease of the PNG highlands to Russian chess great Gary Kasparov’s portentous loss to an IBM computer.

Live, Tropical Fuck Storm are a force of nature, conjuring chaos at every blistering performance, with zero shits to give for corporate music hegemony. "Kneel down by the advertising, don’t you make a single false move" calls out the female chorus of Fiona Kitschin and Erica Dunn echoing the dismay of our time as we bear witness to the sinister seductions which social media surveillance has entangled us.

'A Laughing Death in Meatspace' doesn’t show us the way out of this situation, but it howls along with us as we peer into the maelstrom ahead.

"There’s an unhinged and feral energy that pulses through these nine songs and goes beyond the considerable demented racket that the Drones are able to conjure at their finest: it’s less full-frontal sonic assault and more auditory guerrilla warfare, full of surprising textures and scrappy tones." - The Quietus

“‘A Laughing Death in Meatspace’ is fraught, frantic, manic; the soundtrack to the last party at the end of the world. At least global Armageddon sounds good.” - Loud and Quiet Magazine

"You can feel as if this is what history sounds like as it’s being written." - Greil Marcus

FFO The Clash / Radiohead / Neil Young And Crazy Horse / Dirty Three

£10.50 advance via SEE Tickets on sale 11am, Thursday 31st January:
Local ticket options to follow shortly