Woollen Kits


One of the most memorable shows we’ve played so far - with Ben Warnock on bass at Latrobe Tce mid last year.

New 7” and shows coming really soon - and maybe something else later in the year!

Hey you guys - the time has come, and the Woollen Kits LP is for sale in certain shops across the USA and Australia today, officially out on Monday.

As promised, here are all the launch tour dates:

MELBOURNE:
Fri 20th Jan - Curtain Hotel
w/ DEAD FARMERS
UV RACE
LOOSE GRIP 


SYDNEY:
Sat 21st Jan - Roxbury Hotel
w/ BED WETTIN BAD BOYS
CONSTANT MONGREL
SINGING SKIES

WOOLLEN KITS USA TOUR 2012

LOS ANGELES: 
Wed 25th Jan at Bootleg Theatre
w/ Zig Zag, Bowery Beasts, Planets Around The Sun

Thurs 26th Jan at ?? (help please! woollenkits@gmail.com
w/ WOOLEN MEN

FRESNO: 
Fri 27th Jan at Audie’s Olympic
w/ WOOLEN MEN 
THE MALLARD 
THE QUIET AMERICAN

OAKLAND: 
Sat 28th Jan at 1234 Go! Records
w/ WOOLEN MEN 
MANTLES

SAN FRANCISCO: 
Sun 29th Jan at Knockout
w/ WOOLEN MEN 
BLASTED CANYONS 
THE MALLARD

ART FOR SPASTICS (KDVS) 
Mon 30th Jan 
(http://artforspastics.blogspot.com/)

SACRAMENTO:
Tues 31st Jan at Bows And Arrows
w/ WOOLEN MEN 
G GREEN

PORTLAND: 
Wednesday 1st Feb at The Know
w/ WOOLEN MEN 
NUCULAR AMINALS

SEATTLE: 
Fri 3rd Feb at Josephine
w/ WOOLEN MEN

MINNEAPOLIS: 
Mon 6th Feb at Memory Lanes
w/ REAL NUMBERS 
SAFEWORDS 
SERENGHETTO

MILWAUKEE: 
Tues 7th Feb at Quarters Rock N Roll Palace 
w/

CHICAGO: 
Wed 8th Feb at Permanent (afternoon)

Wed 8th Feb at Crown Tap Room 
w/ SLUSHY
DUMPSTER BABIES

DETROIT: 
Thurs 9th Feb at PJs Lager House 
w/

CLEVELAND: 
Fri 10th Feb at Now That’s Class Basement
w/ PUFFY AREOLAS

BALTIMORE: 
Sat 11th Feb at Copy Cat Building (I think) 
w/ 

PHILADELPHIA: 
Sun 12th Feb at Level Room
w/ PET MILK

BROOKLYN: 
Thurs 16th Feb at Death By Audio 
w/ HOME BLITZ 
HARPOON FOREVER

NEW HAVEN: 
Fri 17th Feb at Cafe Nine
w/ MEDICATION 
MOUNTAIN MOVERS

BOSTON: 
Sat 18th Feb at Plough N Stars
w/CUFFS
HEADBAND

Hey, here’s a long overdue post! This video is of one of the most idiosyncratic bands playing around Melbourne at the minute, Mad Nanna. Usually they play quite long spacious songs with real sick free-jazz kinda drums and David Fair kinda guitar playing, with beat lyrics and all that, which is ace and I would really recommend checking out their releases (a handful of 7”s and cassettes) - and though this isn’t a massive departure from that, it’s more structured, upbeat and, uh, poppy than most of their stuff which obviously appeals to me. It’s called My Two Kids, and this was performed at the Gasometer a few months back at a show we played with them. They were a three-piece this night, two guitars and drums. The bass player and violin guy I guess weren’t around that night. Mad Nanna, legends.

I’ll post our USA tour dates here really soon, just waiting to finalise a few more things!

ok firstly.. listen to this video from around .50secs. (it’s the song I want you to hear)

Maybe this band won’t need an introduction to most of the people who look at this blog. For those who don’t know it’s of the Perth band Taco Leg. 

Now, personally I think Taco Leg are one of Australia’s most important bands. Not because they are the best (I’d say up there), but because of what they represent. 

They are to me one of the only Australian punk bands that are moving in an original direction. This is a big call and it’s not to say that I don’t enjoy bands that aren’t seeking to be original per se  (we are aren’t exactly blazing trails). 

Taco Leg are often misunderstood, but at their core I see a deep knowledge of punk rock and roll. Just like a little old band called Beat Happening (I actually have never really loved them… ironic I know) I think Taco Leg have found a way to strip punk, pop and even hardcore music to it’s essentials. This to me is hard guitars and urgent vocals. Beat Happening did this to a certain extent in their earlier work and I think Taco Leg have started off with that attitude and rolled it further. 

This furthering has been helped by 25 years of new rock music to stand on. Bands like Brainbombs, Clockcleaner, Sex Vid, 9Shocks Terror, Cold Sweat, Homostupids and Perths own Extortion have come out in Taco Legs sound. Some may call me stupid to think this but it’s my honest perception of the style of music Andrew, Richard, Simon and Clare have made. 

Taco Leg know they aren’t flash or amazing but I think that’s to be loved. I think some people feel they ham up poor playing etc but to me like with everything if you can get over your prejudice on how something is recorded or how well the instrument is played and listen out for a good song you will be rewarded sometimes.  

On a side note Taco Legs front man Andrew writes most of the songs for the band. As well as being a great guy in general he is as far as I know a very talented architect. I see this in the music. It is creative but also has a structure and feel of someone who knows about combining the two together.

They have a 7” (Richie) and an Album (Fan Death) coming out soon. Not many bands make me run to the record shop any more but these two releases will. Get on the train!!!!! You will enjoy the ride

Hit the Jackpot. Are these guys underrated?? For me the name has been around as long as I have listened to contemporary Aussie music… great pop band that deserve more exposure. I mean I switch on JJJ every now and then with some kind of hope to hear something I like… nothing yet. Why isn’t this music on the radio or the blogs etc? I dunno, it doesn’t have poor fidelity or bad playing and I’m sure there would be at least 20 teenagers out there that would benefit much more from hearing this that the latest single from pnau or some shit. 

Anyway…Unreal song from their recent Chapter tape. Lyrically and musically emotive, being from Melbourne I guess I won’t fully understand what he is singing about but I can definitely relate to being in a stuck in a rut in a geographical setting. I don’t know these people but simply through this song I think I would like them. It’s like they make a song and at the same time don’t care and care intensely about it’s existence. 

Hope we can play a show with them some time soon in SA or VIC. 

Here’s a video of us playing a new song at Repressed Records. We’ve been really busy lately, amongst our respective personal commitments to learning and earning a buck and whatnot, we’ve been writing and recording a bunch of new songs, some of which will hopefully see the light of day soon enough. We’ve also been working on some bigger stuff, but for now, here’s a list of the shows we’ve got coming up:

Sat 27/08/11 - NSC, w/ Times New Viking, Fabulous Diamonds

Thurs 15/09/11 - Bar Open, w/ Angel Eyes

Thurs 06/10/11 - Worker’s Club, w/ Kitchen’s Floor, Scraps, Super Wild Horses

Sat 08/10/11 - Tote, Cramps Tribute Night, w/ UV Race, Super Wild Horses

And there are some more, but they’re so far in the future who cares for now.

Holy shit, Total Control. This band rules. After being pummelled at their show in Geelong (footage above), I finally got my hands on their Pyre Island 7” yesterday - stylistically, about as far from their live show as you could get - but you KNOW it’s Total Control still- the 7” rules, as, in my opinion does everything this band has ever done. This week their LP is finally out (on Iron Lung), and it’s between this one and the Royal Headache as my most anticipated releases of the year. And I’m sure both LPs are going to live up to expectations. Australian music rules in 2011. Total Control are launching the LP (Henge Beat) at the Tote on Saturday, and it’s gonna rule, of course.

I’ve been listening to this song alot this last week, amongst some other Able Label stuff, and it occurred to me how under-rated Brisbane ~1977 is in relation to influences on contemporary Australian pop music. Flying Nun, NZ & The Clean, are probably the most common words in music literature in the present day (‘The’ in particular), which is fair enough, since alot of music around here draws pretty heavily on that sound - but when I listen to Bitch Prefect, Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys or even my own band, I think there is alot more owing to this fucked upedly awesome Brisbane sound than even I realised until now. So here is a bit of kudos to those guys (the Bad Boys recently gave the ultimate nod when they covered the Apartments “Help” on their Nobody Else 7”), beyond the usual Go-Betweens (who are sick, but given their rightful dues already). When we were in Brisbane recently, Glen Schnau of Marl Karx/Per Purpose played us a 7” of some late-70’s/early 80’s Brissie band, that I think were on Able, but I could be wrong, but it was awesome and I wish I could remember what they were called, one day I will. But it’s a goldmine of music out there. Tom R always blows his mind when he thinks about how much music there is in the world, “it’s just crazy… there’s SO MUCH”, and I’m getting that now! The point is, Australian music rules (not that NZ music doesn’t), and I’m glad about it. Listen to this song!! The chorus! The hand claps!! That guitar solo!!! So good.

This is what I assume to be a lesser known boss song. It is on the Tunnel of Love record. I bought this record at Repressed Records in Sydney off Nic ‘Warno’ Warnock and it sat in the rack for a few months cause i was just listening to ‘Born to Run’ and ‘Greetings from Ashbury Park’. Then I put it on today. I think it is my favorite record by him now. 

I am a suck for songs that start with a drum beat. ummm I think the arrangement is a tip of the hat to Royboy (that wood block percussion and the timpani at the end). Interesting lyrics. I believe he was nearing the end of a 2 year marriage.

 As my friend Warren Young says- “for a few year there the boss was untouchable”. Good one Youngy…  

Here’s Whores (from Sydney) live at Kitchen’s Floor/Bedroom Suck HQ (Brisbane). What a band! So much retarded Cleveland-esque energy, and what I can only assume are absolutely retarded lyrics. Totally in the vein of Puffy Areolas, Homostupids, Folded Shirt and all that recent Clevo stuff. The video quality sucks, unfortunately, but the audio is awesome. As always, my garbage video camera cut out before the end, but if you are into this, I got the entirety of the song “Castle Of The Doomskulls”, which you should be able to find on youtube. I’m bidding on a new video camera on eBay, so hopefully future filmings should be more consistant.

In actual Woollen Kits news, we wrote a new song last night, and will debut it in Sydney, so prepare for that one. We’re recording a new EP pretty soon, and the LP is THIS close to being finished. See you tomorrow, Sydney. x