KOLLAPS - SIBLING LOVERS
Following 2015’s debut EP release Heartworm, Melbourne industrialists Kollaps have refined their restless brand of harsh DIY post-industrial noise. Recruiting doom/noise veteran Damian Coward [Heirs, High Tension] to bass/percussion/production in 2016, Wade Black (vocals) and Robin W. Marsh’s (drums, programming) new offering Sibling Lovers intensifies the conflict between the twin energies of confusion and control at the core of Kollaps’ sound.
The bands habitually uneasy textures and crude tones are generated with appropriated non-instruments- scrap metal, raw plastics, steel beams. For the band, this isn’t an empty ‘industrial’ gesture, it’s a way to literally use the detritus of postmodern society against itself. Vocals bypass the desk, running directly through amplifiers to create a sense of a raw, untreated voice.
Conceptually, Sibling Lovers follows Heartworm as an exploration of individual sickness as a manifestation of a diseased modern society. For lyricist Wade Black Sibling Lovers is introspective and confessional; images of actual physical sicknesses (cancer, colostomy bags, heart worm) are used to make sense a malignant world of slaughterhouses, incest and alcoholism.
Having built a reputation for ferocious live shows and violent performances, Kollaps have steadily drawn reckless crowds around Australia, alongside some of the best local and intentional underground performers [All Seeing Hand (NZ), Armour Group, Military Position, Mensch, Complete, DIM, Elisabeth Dixon, Primitive Calculators]
Mixed by Ivan Lisyak (now of Siberia Records) and mastered by James Plotkin (Sunn0))), Khanate) Sibling Lovers is released September 29th 2017 on TRAIT RECORDS (AU) & SILKEN TOFU (EU) - TRT005/STX.57
"Kollaps’ latest release is a relentlessly unforgiving album, blending mechanical and organic noises seamlessly to create a hostile, aggressive and energetic descension into feverish despair. Overall, the album is highly deliberate and carefully structured, and this adds to the dialogue between control and confusion which is essential to Kollaps’ sound."
PAUL SUTHERLAND | MYSTERIA MAXIMA MAGAZINE
"That the album is less than 33 minutes in length is scarcely noticeable, from the magnitude and stature of its five central works. However, ‘Sibling Lovers’ probably requires a good 3-4 listens in order to gain some perspective of that content... Obsessive focus, drive and sheer bloody-mindedness conspire to drag Kollaps kicking and screaming from one end of this record to the other, with little regard for their own wellbeing."
MICHEL ROWLAND | AMBIENT LIGHT
"While their live show earns reverence for the deafening headfuck of raw noise, distortion and reverb echoing off the walls, the recording captures subtle aspects of the band's composing skills otherwise missed – tinny clashes off the percussion and ambient undertones being two examples of neat added touches hidden behind the wall of noise. Sibling Lovers both live and recorded ticks huge boxes for making a listener feel something savage, disgusting and engaging at the same time - and for that it's something worthy of respect."
THOMAS BRAND | LIFE IS NOISE
RELEASED ON TRAIT RECORDS (AU) & SILKEN TOFU (EU) - TRT005/STX.57
RECORDED BY MIKE DESLANDES AND BEN ROBERTSON
MIXED BY IVAN LISYAK
MASTERED BY JAMES PLOTKIN
HIROSHIMA WINDS #1 AND #2 COURTESY OF LUKE HOLLAND/ TRAPDOOR TAPES
LYRICS BY WADE BLACK
ARTWORK AND COVER PHOTO BY LIGEIA BLACK/ DRAWING BY MONICA FOLETTI
INSERT PHOTOGRAPHY BY PHOTOYUNIST
ALL SONGS WRITTEN & PRODUCED BY KOLLAPS