AVAILABLE:

AST050: BRANDO'S ISLAND - "LIQUID SOUL / CRYO CAPERS" 7"
AST054: L.LERKENFELDT - "URBAN BODY" c19
AST055: LUKE HOLLAND - "PURGATORY" c33
AST056: COOPER BOWMAN - "BLUE TACT" c20
AST057: SIOBHAN - "TWILIGHT PHONE" c22
AST059: GERMAN ARMY - "GONE IN LUXURY" c28
AST060: 2200 - "BLACK IRON" c22

OUT EVENTUALLY:

GAUD CS
FLAT FIX CS
BIOLOGICAL ACT CS
CUBE - "FADE TO BIEGE" REISSUE CS


DISCOGS | SOUNDCLOUD | BANDCAMP

Thursday, February 4, 2016

New AST Batch: Siobhan, German Army, 2200 + Artzine.



AST057: SIOBHAN – “TWILIGHT PHONE” c22

Detroit native Travis Galloway has released some of my favourite tapes of the last few years on labels such as Nostilevo and Opal Tapes. Immensely fried and caked in grit, Twilight Phone is Siobhan at it’s best. Samples of guitar and plundered songs interrupt the five short narratives featured here. How Galloway makes this stuff sound the way it does is beyond me, he’s got it nailed.



AST059: GERMAN ARMY – “GONE IN LUXURY” c28

German Army are a hard act to describe. Across their vast catalogue of releases, they have shifted into numerous forms. Gone In Luxury sees them operating as self-professed producers of “noise”. But don’t let that fool you into thinking they are dealing in static, there are rhythms and tracks of accumulative looped madness here. Another curveball.



AST060: 2200 – “BLACK IRON” c22

Under various guises, Rory McPike killed it last year. Either bringing it to the club as Dan White or creating mutated electro and post-punk fuelled mayhem as 2200. Here McPike appears in the latter incarnation. Black Iron is a departure from his 2015 12” on Cult Trip, showing a simultaneously harsh and pounding sound.



Also available is a small-run pro-printed zine titled Serene Fullerene. Layout by Mark Groves, images by me. Some of this stuff will appear on upcoming AST releases.

Friday, December 18, 2015

New AST Batch: L.Lerkenfeldt, Luke Holland + Cooper Bowman.


A new batch of noise from three Melbourne solo artists.

AST054: L.LERKENFELDT – “URBAN BODY” c19

Debut release from visual/sound artist Lisa Lerkenfeldt. There are two forms here: concise drum machine pieces and longer drone pieces. It is the latter which make up the bulk of this tape. Lerkenfeldt employs processes to dictaphone field recordings resulting in them being stripped of any connection with their original form.


AST055: LUKE HOLLAND – “PURGATORY” c33

"Purgatory is the latest solo release from Luke Holland, who is also the founder of the long-standing underground cult industrial label, Trapdoor Tapes. Progression-wise, Purgatory falls under the banner of the death-industrial genre, and reflects a similar position to the initial incarnation and ideology of Holland’s previous projects Mshing and duo Armour Group. Perhaps more disciplined in concept and execution, Purgatory is the second part of the sequential and thematically minimal new project, which started with prior release - Decomposition." - Harriet K Morgan



AST056: COOPER BOWMAN – “BLUE TACT” c20

A new tape compiling various short tape loops of me playing this weird little synth my uncle bought me. The result is a kind of repetitive ambience.


New batch of lo-fried techno and industrial coming in January 2016.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Experimental Techno In NSW January 2016.




Newcastle / The Croatian Club / Friday 8th January / info here.



Sydney / Red Rattler Theatre / Saturday 9th January / info here.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Brando's Island / Live at Maggot Fest Video.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, the best band in Australia.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Roman Nails 'Pseudo Watch' Available + Interview.

New 8-track tape from Roman Nails available from relatively new Melbourne label, Rhythm Works.



Interview about the tape / project here.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Brando's Island 7" Review.




Taken from the Still-Single blog.

Brando's Island 7" Distro.

The Brando's Island 7" is now available from a few places.

In the US it is available wholesale / retail direct from Feel It Records. Also available from Little Big Chief, All-Day + Sorry State.

In Australia, the following shops / distro's have copies: Round and Round Records (Brunswick), Vicious Sloth (Malvern) + Polyester Records (Fitzroy). Copies will be up on the Lulu's distro soon (formerly Distort). Also, should be in this week at Eternal Soundcheck (Bris), Rockinghorse (Bris) + Repressed Records (Syd). More soon.

Friday, October 2, 2015

CB - Cough Syrup CS Download.




AST420. Recorded and released on the same day. 14 copies for friends of the label. No chrome-plated wheels are being reinvented here, Cough Syrup (imaginative title huh) is just four tracks of chopped and screwed tape-loops.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

AST050: Brando's Island - Liquid Soul / Cryo Capers 7" Available.




Here it is, the 50th release on Altered States and it's a corker. I am stoked to be involved in releasing these two tracks of deranged antipodean weirdness. The folks involved in Brando's have previously done time in some of the best groups Australia has offered over the last few years; Velvet Whip, The Zingers, Chrome Dome, Pathetic Human, Flat Fix, Soma Coma, the list goes on. While their previous output gives you a vague idea of the eclecticism of BI's collective taste, nothing can prepare you for the unique sound produced by them. Vibraphone, synth, drums, vocals. The New Wave is here.

Distort will have copies by the end of the week, Repressed Records not long after. US distro through Feel It and Little Big Chief Records.

Digital / direct orders here:



If you live in Melbourne, email me to arrange delivery or come over for a beer.