Crude, Eastlink, Täx – Bar Open, Fitzroy, VIC (2013-08-29)

Crude, Eastlink, Tax FlyerSo anybody that follows my blog is likely to know by now that my dictaphone can be, at times, a little unreliable. Mostly this means blown out recordings that I have to go in and clean up in Audacity (to varying levels of success); this I can forgive. What I cannot forgive however is when the dictaphone decides to just delete entire slabs of audio and replace them with silence, as happened with these sets. I have no idea why or how this happened – it has never happened before this night, and not since. If I was to take a guess it’s that something fucked up during the encoding stages after I had finished recording, as I know that everything was fine while the bands were playing, and the recordings still go for the correct amount of time. Whatever happened, I’m really annoyed because it’s left three really great sets incomplete.

This was an awesome lineup and a really great venue for it. The intimacy of the Bar Open band room means that (as long as you don’t have too many people up there) it can give you some of the best live experiences Melbourne has to offer – this was one of those nights. All three sets were fantastic and sound great.

Crude is the alias of NZ expatriate Matt Middleton, who’s been recording under the name since the 1990s. Also a member of fondly remembered (though I believe now unfortunately gone) noise-rock band The Aesthetics, Crude released an album on Flying Nun in ’96 as well as countless short-run and digital releases since. There’s something special going on here. I can’t quite figure out what it is yet, but I’ll definitely be returning to another Crude show as soon as I can- there’s something very alluring about it all. Crude indeed. Middleton himself did a review of the night’s music here. Crude’s set was the least affected of all – we only lost about thirty seconds at the end.


01 –
02 –
03 –
04 –
05 –
06 –
07 –

Total time 31mins.

Eastlink are just as awesome at this show than ever; perhaps even more so. I friend of mine remarked that he thought this set was the strongest he had ever seen them. For some reason Johann didn’t play this set and was replaced on bass by (I think) one of the guys from Prolife. The last five minutes of this set was lost.


01 –
02 – Spring St
03 – Blood Money
04 –
05 – Australia Day
06 – Wild Dog

Total time 24mins.

Täx is the abrasive punk output of Sean Bailey (Lakes), Justin Fuller (Zond, Mum Smokes, Divorced, awesome solo artist) and Simon Taylor (Lakes, Whitehorse). Quite similar to Lakes in parts, but the addition of Fuller’s distinctive guitar playing makes Täx an altogether more piercing affair. Unfortunately this set suffered from the fuck up most of all, and we lost nearly half the show. Really, really fucking annoying. I hope it doesn’t happen again.


01 –
02 –
03 –
04 – Bent Spear

Total time 15mins.


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