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TROPICAL FU*K STORM ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND TOUR

Tropical Fuck Storm
Tropical Fuck Storm

Braindrops is the follow-up album from Tropical Fuck Storm’s 2018 debut A Laughing Death In Meatspace and similarly, written and recorded in the bands home ‘Dodgy Brothers Studio’ in regional Victoria with Mike Delandes.

“I’ve invented fake news as a genre of music,” Gareth Liddiard observes with a laugh. He’s talking about “Maria 63”, the closing track on Tropical Fuck Storm’s Braindrops.  The song takes aim at the once-marginalized alt-right conspiracy theories that now seem to be a driving force behind the rise of fascism in global politics. “It’s about a Mossad agent traveling to Buenos Aires to assassinate Maria Orsic, a Nazi witch who telepathically got the blueprints for warp drive engines from aliens,” Liddiard shares.

“It may be the most stupid song ever written,” Liddiard jokes. He’s wrong, “Maria 63” is emblematic of Tropical Fuck Storm’s keen ability to mine the extreme edge of pop culture’s periphery for potent musical and conceptual spice. Braindrops overflows with compelling sounds and visions that reflect the often dark and fractured reality of life on planet Earth as we hurtle toward environmental and social decay at a frighteningly rapid clip.

“Everything we do, we try to do it in a weird way. The whole album is full of weird beats, and just weird shit everywhere,” Liddiard explains. He cites Doc at the Radar Station-era Captain Beefheart as a key sonic touchstone, and Braindrops certainly shares the Captain’s penchant for pounding abstract grooves. Tropical Fuck Storm have achieved a uniquely off-kilter sound on Braindrops. Liddiard partly credits this to the group’s use of unconventional equipment, “We use lots of techno gear to make rock and roll because rock and roll gear is boring, and all sounds like Led Zeppelin.”

Liddiard’s own description of Tropical Fuck Storm’s sound is nearly as interesting and evocative as the music itself. He describes the LP’s title track as “Fela Kuti in a car crash,” and talks of creating a sonic atmosphere that “sounds like chloroform smells” for “Maria 62”. Liddiard can be a bit more taciturn when asked to get specific on the group’s lyrical themes. “It’s not always a good idea to be too straightforward.” Instead Liddiard favours a “more nebulous and mysterious” approach.

A recurring theme on Braindrops concerns the various ways the human brain can be manipulated and controlled for exploitative gain. The bracing “The Planet of Straw Men” is a study of human behaviour inside the social media comments section, a place where otherwise reasonable people are seen gleefully engaging in psychotic chest-thumping rhetoric. “It’s about everyone having a screaming match,” Liddiard says. “You see two people yelling at each other on Twitter, but they’re not really yelling at each other, they’re yelling at each other’s idea of the other. Meanwhile countries like Russia are taking advantage of this to push their ideologies and get ahead.” Erica Dunn’s “Who’s My Eugene?” contemplates a more personal example of predatory mind control. “It’s about Eugene Landy, the doctor that drugged the shit out of Brian Wilson and emptied his bank account,” Liddiard explains.

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While Liddiard is careful not to give away too much about the band’s lyrics, he’s confident that audiences will find their own meaning. “If you show a gorilla Hamlet, even if he was capable of reading it, he wouldn’t be capable of seeing himself in it. But with humans that’s kind of what we do. We have our heads up our own asses.”

Listening to Braindrops is a jarring and exhilarating experience, full of pulsating grooves, black humour, dissonant experimentation, and unsettling dystopian plot-lines. Braindrops is an unrelenting work, from an unrelenting musical ensemble. “Tropical Fuck Storm is a full-on thing,” Liddiard offers. “Everything we do, we do it to death.”

Tropical Fu*k Storm2019 Australian Braindrops Album Tour

Fri Oct 4                       Byron Bay Brewery                                  Byron Bay             NSW 
With special Guests Pinch Points and All The Weathers

Sat Oct 5                       Triffid                                                         Brisbane               QLD 
With special Guests Pinch Points and All The Weathers. Tix from here.

Sun Oct 6                      Solbar                                                         Maroochydore   QLD 
With special Guests Pinch Points and All The Weathers. Tix from here.

Thur Oct 10                  The Metro                                                     Sydney               NSW 
With special Guests Pinch Points and All The Weathers. Tix from here.

Fri Oct 11                       Kambri ANU                                               Canberra              ACT 
With special Guests Pinch Points and All The Weathers. Tix from here.

Sat Oct 12                     UOW Uni Bar                                              Wollongong         NSW 
With special Guests Pinch Points and All The Weathers. Tix from here.

Thur Oct 17                  Altar                                                              Hobart                 TAS 
With special Guests Surfbort and All The Weathers. Tix from here.

Fri Oct 18                      The Croxton      SOLD OUT                       Melbourne            VIC 
With special Guests Surfbort and All The Weathers. Tix from here. 

Sat Oct 19                     The Croxton      SELLING FAST               Melbourne            VIC 
With special Guests Surfbort and All The Weathers. Tix from here. 

Sun Oct 20                    Torquay Hotel                                             Torquay                VIC 
With special Guests Surfbort and All The Weathers. Tix from here.

Thu Oct 24                    The Gov                                                       Adelaide              SA 
With special Guests Surfbort and All The Weathers. Tix from here.

Fri Oct 25                      Rock Rover                                                 Perth                    WA       
With special Guests Surfbort and All The Weathers. Tix from here.

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