Ipswich (Australia) based dream-pop / post-punk outfit Soviet X-Ray Record Club independently released their debut album Wake in Australia on the 1st of May 2015. This July, the album has finally made its way across the ocean(s) to international audiences via Spotify & Youtube. Completely DIY, the five-piece outfit are excited to reach new audiences, and have made the album available as a free download from their website.
Recorded, produced, and mixed by front man Steven Appleton over a large portion of 2014, Wake successfully captures the quintet’s unique sound after a tumultuous few years of failed recordings and hiccups. A dark horse of the Australian music scene, SXRC have until now enjoyed a relatively mysterious existence. Since their inception in 2012, their live show has garnered a cult-like following, thanks in part to their explosive song deconstructions and abrasive noise excursions, reminiscent of Swans and A Place To Bury Strangers.
Wake is a triumphant achievement, documenting the band’s ambitious sonic vision, not found among their Australian contemporaries. At times musically dissonant, the album follows suit lyrically as explained by songwriter Steven Appleton:
“I’ve always been drawn to the ‘not-easily-confronted’ sides of average peoples personalities. The subtextual power games within and with-out of themselves can really create unsettling stories.”
And on the philosophy of recording Wake and its origins:
“I was trying to capture the empty, salt-dissolved feel of a beach-side city in its off-season. After a few winter vacations to ocean-side towns, where I really began to like the vibe of a hibernating holiday destination without the crowds, or good weather, I wanted to capture the almost ghost-town feel of these locations in their lowest state. Being a fan of big spaces and reverbs, I started everything with that idea in mind, and recorded the band with the feel of being performed in some expansive space within an empty beach resort. Pools, foyers, hallways. Some of the reverbs on the album were even captured from real pools and hallways, to complete the effect.”
FUN FACT: The band’s name pays tribute to the soviet-era method of smuggling and distributing banned western music into Russia and Eastern Europe, by replicating the grooves of a record onto discarded medical X-Ray film. read more here.
SOVIET X-RAY RECORD CLUB IS:
Steven Appleton: Guitar / Vocals
Cameron Nicholls: Guitar
Leith Jacobs: Drums
Shaun Paton: Keys
Kurt Pitman: Bass
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