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Tropical Fuck Storm

Braindrops

Joyful Noise Recordings



cd (pre-order)

Expected Release: 23rd Aug 2019

£11.99


dinked edition 22 - exclusive highlighter yellow & electric blue split colour lp, numbered + bonus 7" + download (500 only) (pre-order)

Expected Release: 23rd Aug 2019

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limited hot magenta lp + download (pre-order)

Expected Release: 23rd Aug 2019

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Listening to 'Braindrops' is a jarring and exhilarating experience, full of pulsating grooves, dissonant experimentation and unsettling dystopian plot-lines.

'Braindrops' is an unrelenting work, from an unrelenting musical ensemble.

Highly anticipated second album, a year & a half after their critically acclaimed debut LP, Featuring members of the now-defunct band The Drones. “I've invented fake news as a genre of music,” Gareth Liddiard observes with a laugh. Heʼs talking about “Maria 63”, the closing track on Tropical Fuck Stormʼs sophomore LP ‘Braindrops’. The song takes aim at the once-marginalized alt-right conspiracy theories that now seem to be a driving force behind the rise of fascism in global politics. “It may be the most stupid song ever written,” Liddiard jokes. Heʼs wrong, “Maria 63” is emblematic of Tropical Fuck Stormʼs keen ability to mine the extreme edge of pop cultureʼs periphery for potent musical and conceptual spice.

Tropical Fuck Storm were formed around 2017 in the city of Melbourne, Victoria along Australiaʼs south-eastern coast. The band released their debut long-player 'A Laughing Death in Meatspace' on Joyful Noise Recordings in 2018. Each of the bandʼs four members bring considerable experience to the group. Liddiard and Fiona Kitschin were part of the long-running and critically-acclaimed act The Drones, while Erica Dunn and Lauren Hammel have performed in a variety of well-received projects. Perhaps itʼs that wealth of rock and roll experience that allows Tropical Fuck Storm to so expertly deconstruct and distort the genreʼs norms. “Everything we do, we try to do it in a weird way. The whole album is full of weird beats, and just weird shit everywhere,” Liddiard explains. He cites 'Doc at the Radar Station'-era Captain Beefheart as a key sonic touchstone, and 'Braindrops' certainly shares the Captainʼs penchant for pounding abstract grooves.

Tropical Fuck Storm have achieved a uniquely off-kilter sound on 'Braindrops'. Liddiard partly credits this to the groupʼs use of unconventional equipment, “We use lots of techno gear to make rock and roll because rock and roll gear is boring, and all sounds like Led Zeppelin.” Liddiardʼs own description of Tropical Fuck Stormʼs sound is nearly as interesting and evocative as the music itself. He describes the LPʼs title track as “Fela Kuti in a car crash,” and talks of creating a sonic atmosphere that “sounds like chloroform smells” for “Maria 62”. A recurring theme on 'Braindrops' concerns the various ways the human brain can be manipulated and controlled for exploitative gain. The bracing “The Planet of Straw Men” is a study of human behavior inside the social media comments section, a place where otherwise reasonable people are seen gleefully engaging in psychotic chest-thumping rhetoric.

“Tropical Fuck Storm is a full on thing,” Liddiard offers. “Everything we do, we do it to death.”

Recommend If You Like: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Nick Cave, The Slits, Protomartyr, The Drones, Gang of Four, IDLES.

Braindrops

Tracklist

  1. Paradise
  2. The Planet Of Straw Men
  3. Who’s My Eugene?
  4. The Happiest Guy Around
  5. Maria 62
  6. Braindrops
  7. Aspirin
  8. Desert Sands Of Venus
  9. Maria 63

dinked edition bonus 7"

  1. The Planet Of Straw Men
  2. Can't Stop

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