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“Vinyl is what I grew up with. 7 inches were how we all experimented with new bands. Saving up the spare cash we could find, some borrowed from my unknowing Dad (sorry!), me and my mates would take the train to Melbourne to Au-Go-Go or maybe stay in Geelong at Caveman Records. We would buy as many records as we could, get as many different bands in our bag… try and outdo our mates on nerdiness. It’s a format I love.”
Critical Mind Dump EP is the follow up release to the current album Perseus War. Veering further into the existential than the album’s anti-authoritarian bellowing, it lingers in the electric realms of the mind’s purgatory. Like a dream, good, bad or forgotten, it is critical to relieve yourself of whatever shackles tie you to convention. A life dump. This release is the unburdening of thought before the next release..
Dez Dare (aka Darren Smallman of BATTLE WORLDWIDE, Low Transit Industries, Thee Vinyl Creatures, The Sound Platform, Warped) grew up in Geelong, a port city located on Corio Bay and the Barwon River, in the state of Victoria, Australia where he became involved in the local punk and rock scene in 1990, playing in a band called Warped, sharing stages with the likes of Bored!, The 5678s, Fugazi, The Dirty Three and the Hard-ons, going on to play in multiple bands spewing out sludgy punk rock, drone riffage and noisy pop abundance. Darren was embedded in the scene, playing music, running labels (founding record label and touring company Low Transit Industries in 1999 working with bands such as The Essex Green, Lilys, Elf Power, Okkervil River, Of Montreal, Black Mountain, Trans Am) before moving to the UK in 2010 where he has operated ever since.
This 7 inch EP release is a partnership between CH!MP and French label Six Tonnes De Chair. The cover illustration is by MALMALL and is a limited edition of 350 copies with sleeves hand screen printed by Les Belges in Switzerland.
UK Tour w/ Bee Bee Sea
13.May.23 / The Shacklewell Arms [London]
15.May.23 / The Louisiana [Bristol]
17.May.23 / The Tin Music and Arts [Coventry]
18.May.23 / The Loft [Portsmouth]
19.May.23 / The Cavern [Exeter]
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