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Rubber Bullies

The startling new album A Laughing Death From Meatspace by Drones front man Gareth Liddiard as Tropical Fuck Storm.

Photo: Jami Wdziekonski

A Laughing Death from Meatspace

The phantasmagorical debut album by Tropical Fuck Storm, ‘A Laughing Death in Meatspace’, delivers a fraught vision of algorhythmic apocalypse.

An end-of-days consciousness streams its way from Nagambie to Silicon Valley, across nine seething tracks.

Filtering Gareth Liddiard's barbed and byzantine lyricism through abrasive guitar slashes, drum adrenalin, raunchy bass and electronic undercurrents, this extraordinary debut dive-bombs into the realms of mortality and immortality, moralising and amorality; the passing of time, and how little we have left.

Raging, rapscallion, funny, fast and furious, these songs are lurid tales urgently told, bringing everything from internet shaming to the kuru “laughing death” disease of the PNG highlands to Russian chess great Gary Kasparov’s portentous loss to IBM computer Deep Blue into sharp focus.

Rubber Bullies is a crushing finale from Tropical Fuck Storm, the closing track on their forthcoming debut album A Laughing Death in Meatspace and the last in a series of four 7” singles.

Live, Tropical Fuck Storm are a force of nature, conjuring chaos at every blistering performance, with zero shits to give for corporate music hegemony. "Kneel down by the advertising, don’t you make a single false move” calls out the female chorus of Fiona Kitschin and Erica Dunn echoing the dismay of our time as we bear witness to the sinister seductions which social media surveillance has entangled us.

A Laughing Death in Meatspace doesn’t show us the way out; it howls along with us as we peer into the maelstrom ahead.


3 MAY – FOUNDRY, BRISBANE, with Orlando furious, Ascot Stabber

4 MAY – CAMBRIDGE HOTEL, NEWCASTLE, with Fourteen Nights At Sea, Hey Lady

5 MAY – OXFORD ARTS FACTORY, SYDNEY, with ORION, Fourteen Nights At Sea


11 MAY – HOWLER, MELBOURNE, with Sugar Fed Leopards, School Damage

12 MAY – HOWLER, MELBOURNE, with Hexdebt, No Sister

19 MAY – BADLANDS, PERTH, with Calmly, Nerve Quakes

20 MAY – MOJO’S, FREMANTLE, with Peter Bibby’s Dog Act, Pissedcolas

26 MAY – THEATRE ROYAL, CASTLEMAINE, with Hexdebt, Bitch Diesel


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