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Blank Realm
Tue 29th Sep 2015 @ The Prince Albert

Headliner: Blank Realm
When: Tue 29th Sep 2015
Time: 7:30pm
Age restriction: 18+
Other info: Event page

Blank Realm’s transformation across the Australian mystic from sprawling spaced out psychotic punk blues, through the startling maverick pop psychedelia of ‘Go Easy’ to the widely acclaimed ‘Grassed Inn’, continues in its unrelenting quest for that quintessential synergy of chiming pop anthems.

Hook-laden throughout they unleash their wild yet tender new album ‘Illegals In Heaven’ which offers up freaked out reflections on life, love and circumstance. As knowing as the Chills or the Pretenders, loner ballads are as gnarled and world weary as Dylan in a cacophony as bruised as Royal Trux yet with the playfulness of Half Japanese.
Recorded and produced with Lawrence English (head of the Room40 label) on a late night at The Plutonium studio in Brisbane, the album sees them on their first foray into a recording studio. While it wasn’t exactly Abbey Road, it truly captures the chaos and majesty of the band’s formidable live shows.

It would be all too easy to say that ‘Illegals In Heaven’ is their finest work to date, but the simple truth is that Blank Realm have been without peers for a trilogy of albums, so it just might be as Sarah huskily intones, “Gold” too.

The Prince Albert


48 Trafalgar Street


T: 01273 730499

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Blank Realm @ The Prince Albert 29/09/2015

27/04/2015 By James McLarnon

Blank RealmAustralian music can be the pits, for every Necks or Birthday Party, there are a litany of Jets or Crowded Houses. Recently though, there have been suggestions that this might be set to change with micro-scenes starting all over the country – including in Blank Realm’s home city of Brisbane – that don’t seem bound to the same influences as their British or American counterparts. This is especially exciting as we are seeing the influence of professionally weird Kiwi bands from across the Tasman Sea such as The Dead C & The Clean.

Blank Realm have been active since the middle of the last decade, releasing on a number of influential underground record labels including Not Not Fun and Siltbreeze. Over the course of ten albums they have slowly moved away from the abstract improvisational noise elements of their early sound toward a more linear and song based construct. Take a track like the ten minute plus ‘Tether’ from their second record Free Time, which sounds like a friendlier Wolf Eyes and compare it to the relatively straightforward ‘Falling Down The Stairs’ from their 2014 album Grassed Innwhere the hook is positioned ostentatiously at the centre of the song, sounding beautifully distressed, like a lost, ten times copied, Brian Jonestown Massacre tape. The progression is clear.

Grassed Inn deservedly received praise from the likes of Pitchfork, The Wire and Uncut. The band appeared to take the lessons learnt in their career to date and used them to build a more concise set of quirky, stylish and only occasionally freewheeling songs without losing the freshness of their earlier more improvised work. Furthermore they developed an excellent reputation as a live outfit, having been nominated AIM’s best live act of 2014 and impressing us at The Prince Albert last year.

Not a band to rest on their laurels, they release Illegals in Heaven on 4 September, only marginally over a year since their last album on the consistently brilliant Fire Records (Bardo Pond, Virginia Wing, Novella). We’ve been lucky enough to have a sneak preview and it’s a continuation of the great work of Grassed Inn and should see them further enhance their reputation.

James McLarnon

Love Thy Neighbour


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