Currently operating as a three piece, ‘Endless Empty Eye’ sees the Wellington-via-Melbourne-via-Auckland institution that is Sharpie Crows get slow’n’low, an abrasive mock-pompous strut reminiscent of the Fall’s loungier numbers, and smeared with the sexiest cornet this side of Throbbing Gristle’s Cosey Fanni Tutti courtesy of Steven Huf (from Melbourne’s Ouch My Face). They’ve recorded a fourth album, which moves their music in a “new jazz ballad and primitive techno directions while remaining spiteful and awkward” – ‘industrial’ in a country where it’s less dark satanic mills and more AFFCO freezing works. They’ve a knack for the corrosive and the bleak sharpened with deadpan black humour – in a comparison neither party will be flattered by, they’re a less family-friendly Lawrence Arabia with their shared penchant for social commentary, productive sneering and an awareness/utilisation of local cultural detritus from the seventies shading into Rogernomics (Chris Knox-via-Iggy-Pop vs Chris-Knox-via-the-Beatles?). They’re playing Auckland’s Whammy Bar on July 15th – they’re a transfixing live spectacle, so don’t miss out.
From 2007, Real Groove magazine released four Awesome Feeling compilations, showcasing a diverse and exciting range of underground local talent. Real Groove may be gone, but we think there’s just as many exciting local acts worth a listen, so The Corner is putting out a fifth volume of Awesome Feeling with the support of Groove Guide. We’ll be revealing one new artist/track every weekday throughout May, and posting the entire compilation for download at the end of the month.