UnFun returns in 2015. Taking place in Sydney, the boutique festival again features a host of local artists, with the event stretched across two stages.
Taking a decisively 90’s theme, over the weeks leading up to the festival, Killyourstereo.com will run a series of ‘Top 5′ features with respective bands on the bill. This week, we conclude with Grenadiers as they provide their ‘Top 5 albums of 2015’ list.
I’d heard their first album and liked it, but I think on their second effort Metz really hit it out of the park. Just a wonderfully done pastiche of early 90’s grunge rock influences- the primal rage of Nirvana in “Territorial Pissings” mode, the subversive nastiness of The Jesus Lizard, yet all sounding distinctly modern too. Very cool.
Pale Heads- “Headless”
From the pedigree of the people involved (members of The Nation Blue, Batpiss, The Drones), I had a feeling this would be good and I was not left disappointed. Grimy, lo-fi, aggressive as fuck garage hardcore, full of angst, piss and vinegar. Yet to see them live, so I really hope this band sticks around and isn’t just a passing side project.
Battles- “La Di Da Di”
It was a happy coincidence that one day I was thinking “I wonder if Battles are going to do another album”, so I looked them up and this beauty dropped a couple of days later. They just get wackier and cooler with each release – it’s what I would picture satanic voodoo muppets to have a dance party to. The tracks just build and build and go to new places – it’s really exciting, interesting music.
High Tension- “Bully”
Our drummer Jimmy recorded this one and it’s a banger. Gruelling, pummelling sludge of the highest order, just really cool heavy music. Fuzz for days. One of the better videos for the year for the title track, too.
Clowns- “Bad Blood”
We’ve had the pleasure of playing a few shows with these gents this year and they just kill live. So much raw energy and vibe, and I think the new album captures the intensity of their live performance better than past albums have done. Apart from sounding huge and nasty, the record actually has a whole bunch of great songs too. Clowns manage to do a rare thing in that they can distill memorable hooks into all that aggression.
Catch Grenadiers performing at UnFun, which takes place this November in Sydney. You can purchase tickets via The Factory Theatre.
Join the official Facebook event here.