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Explosive New Album From UTI – Exchange My Brain

 

“Mate, what the fuck… That was intense”

If you haven’t heard of Under The Influence you may be 20 years late, however, you’re tuning in at a very exciting time for the band. Having released their first record through a label they’re fired up and ready to go.

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UTI have really set the bar high with this latest release. After being signed by Golden Robots Records –  (Rose Tattoo and Toe To Toe), The band smoke bombed Wollongong’s stages, performing only a handful of times, constantly working on the album.

But now… They’re back. And boy do they have a treat for you.

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Exchange My Brain is a whole new UTI – The first release by the group after a line up change bringing Kino up front and singing solo instead of singing whilst drumming. The addition of Dan on drums results in one of the most powerful Wollongong releases to date. You can listen to it on spotify under ‘Exchange My Brain – Under The Influence’.

The video below is from the Dusty archive vault – The ‘Wasted Youth’ UTI Line up

Under The Influence are back with an album that puts all others to shame. Hit after hit, every track on this release is a winner. With each song displaying a new and experimental vibe, the boys have created a group of hard-hitting jams that manage to differentiate between each other whilst maintaining that recognisably unique ‘UTI’ sound. The only thing wrong with this album is that it ends, so get ready to wear out that repeat button because it’s hard to get sick of listening to this absolute winner.

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I speak on behalf of everyone I’ve talked to about the album when I say, the new direction the band is taking is definitely welcomed by hardcore fans. Since Moey joined the band UTI have been slowly worming their way to more thrash than hash. But I personally believe they’ve hit the mark with this line up and sound. The album is heavily produced but not over done. It’s got all the bells and whistles you want from taking the time and adjusting EVERYTHING to how you envisage. It’s done, not subtly, but comfortably. It’s a HUGE sound with such an open feeling. Which is very difficult to do and they’ve pulled it off seamlessly. I cranked the album loud through good speakers as I laid my head down to take it all in, and fuck…. What a time.

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I’m excited to see what the future holds for UTI and how the boys take a hold of something special that they have. Don’t spoil it gents! You’re kicking goals! Follow their socials to keep up to date with shows, releases and extra content and don’t miss out!

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UPCOMING SHOWS:

Saturday, May 18: We Hate People Festival – Valve Bar, Sydney
Friday, May 24: Valve Bar, Sydney – w/ Disparo
Saturday, June 29: Crowbar, Sydney w/ Stike Anywhere
Saturday, August 17: Valve Bar, Sydney w/ Black Rats & Rukus

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Song Of The Week – Doin by DURRY

“The creators of crackedcore, grottiest cunts goin, bumper erching bongslaves DURRY

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Hailing from the graffed up tunnels and train yards of Sydney and surrounding, DURRY don’t give a fuck what you’re into, they’re just here for a good time. This weeks ‘Song Of The Week’ is ‘Doin’- opening track off their 2018 EP – ‘Muzz With The Duzz’ which you can download from bandcamp or get physical copies through these links – Cassettes, Stocked Distro – CD’s, Bruxism Records. Listen to ‘Doin’ in the player below.

DURRY love nothing more than to have a mix with mates, collaborate on some filthy shit and absolutely send it at shows.  ‘Doin’ was the first song I ever heard of theirs, and is still up there as one of my favourites. What do you think?

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Keep up to date with their projects and go cut sick at their shows by following their socials

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Competition Winner Announced

I’d like to thank you all for your submissions, it was truly a tough competition.

So without further commenting here are the prizes:

Firstly, each entrant has been rewarded with a 30% discount when printing their designs onto shirts (Applies to standard rates at the time of order). So keep that in mind when you’re drawing on empty pockets.

The Winner Is:

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1st Prize is awarded to Rhiannon Fern for her skull submission.

This won’t be the last competition to be held, so keep on drawing, the next one is right around the corner!


Runners Up:

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THANK YOU EVERYBODY

The Lion, the Witch, and the Tunnel: Secret Punk Show in Gong

Take a stroll through a dark tunnel underneath some train lines with nothing in sight but the bright light guiding you towards the other side. You emerge from the abyss; transported to a world of loud music, people in grunge clothing, and the smell of booze and cigarettes. Set in an empty alleyway somewhere between Coniston and Wollongong Stations, a secret indie punk show was held.

Opening the show was Wollongong’s own goth disco group: Year6Disco. Your favourite eccentric party boys Coco (vox) and Izak (keys) were joined by new members Jason (guitar), Jorja (bass), and Thomas (drums). Marking their first gig as a full band, Year6Disco delivered an amazingly high energy set.

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Following on from their huge success playing at Farmer and the Owl 2019, indie band Enfant Terrible kept the heat going with their terribly terrific set. Consisting of Jason (vox/bass), Zoe (drums/vox), Alan (lead guitar), and Jasmine (guitar), Enfant Terrible had the crowd going with their catchy guitars and vocals from power couple Jason and Zoe.

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Next on the lineup was Melbourne electro-industrial duo Deader—Scud (beats/vox) and Lou (vox). Opening their set with huge dance beats and a piercing howl from Lou, Deader immediately captured the crowd’s attention. Like the mythological siren, Deader has the power to entrance any passerby. Never have I ever seen/heard such an amazing spectacle as this.

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Following on and bringing this show to an unbelievable high, Scab Baby delivered non-stop dosages of pure ecstasy. Having returned from their Melbourne tour, Tom (guitar/vox) and Thomas (drums/vox) showed no signs of fatigue and no signs of stopping. The pair had the crowd going with their insane guitar riffs, massive drum lines, and catchy vocals. This was only heightened when Kyle (Naughty Naughty and the Good Boys/TUFF Mustard) took over the guitar while Tom began climbing the fence and finishing the rest of the set above head.

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Before DFFDL and Frame 313 could play their collab set however, a squad of police officers brought the show to a screeching halt. Although unfortunate, it most certainly was a fitting end to a perfect day. You can’t say you’ve been to a punk show unless it’s been shut down.

Words and photos by Jack Thepsourinthone | Instagram

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