Sep 19, 2016

IS THERE A HOTLINE? / SQUIRREL PANCAKE double cassette launch

VV is proud to be helping release two visionary new documents..

Is There A Hotline? - s/t cassette
The debut record for this Melbourne based duo, comprised of Jen Tait and Jen Callaway. Live recordings at Longplay (North Fitzroy) and Howler (Brunswick), both from earlier this year. Atmospheric post-punk space rock featuring percussion, analogue synth, electric thumb piano, various objects and alien-siren vocals and wails. Strange drifting sounds, delicate and intense extremes, evoking a parade of cosmic imagery. Stream an audio excerpt..


Squirrel Pancake - 'II' cassette
Album number two for Squirrel Pancake, aka Melbourne based artist Jen Tait. In her inimitable electric guitar and vocal format, this follows on from the debut self titled album released last year (VV021).
Dissonant, cycling, and inexplicable free-formations. Hear a track here..


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BOTH RELEASES EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE THIS FRIDAY NIGHT 
23RD SEPTEMBER 2016 > A DOUBLE LAUNCH IN FITZROY!
Is There A Hotline? + Duck Billed Dinosaur to perform (FB link)
Aeso Studio - 83 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Doors 8pm • $5 entry

This show coincides with a 10 artist exhibition, curated by Victoria Armytage. 
Opening night Tuesday 20th September / open all week. 
Artists involved: Kevala Buttonshaw, Georgina Matherson, Victoria Armytage, Carly Housiaux, 
Jen Tait, Allanah Stewart, Jane Hearn, Alyssa McBain, Olivia Vesnaver, and Jen Callaway. 
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Aug 10, 2016

HAGAR THE WOMB - Hagiography • A Retrospective: 1982-2014 CD

NEW IN THE VV DISTRO!
Hagar The Womb are a U.K. punk band. They were part of the anarcho-punk scene from 1981-1987,  and reformed with all original band members in 2011. Hagiography compiles recordings from both of these periods: The Word Of The Womb EP (Motorhate Records, 1984) • Funnery In The Nunnery EP (Abstract Sounds, 1985) • select recordings from the Increase The Pantomine cassette (69 Tapes, 1985) • a track from the classic compilation Who? What? Why? When? Where?' (Motorhate Records, 1984) • Life Of Lies...Distant War...You Never Learn EP (All The Madmen Records, 2014) • PLUS, previously unreleased recordings from a Xntrix Studios session in 1982.


Hagiography was recently self released by the band via their imprint One Bright Spark Records.
Vacant Valley is the exclusive distributor of this title in Australia.
 Very limited copies just shipped over from London, U.K.
ORDER HERE
Elaine Howling, 1983
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Photo: Alison Russell
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Jul 5, 2016

NEWS - JULY 2016

FORTHCOMING RELEASES

Due September

Is There A Hotline? - s/t cassette (VV026)
The debut record for this Melbourne based duo, comprised of Jen Tait and Jen Callaway.
Live recordings at Longplay (Fitzroy) and Howler (Brunswick), both from earlier this year.
Atmospheric post-punk space rock featuring percussion, analogue synth, electric thumb piano, various objects and alien-siren vocals and wails. Strange drifting sounds, delicate and intense extremes, evoking a parade of cosmic imagery.
Live at Dane Certificate's Magic Tricks, Gags & Theatre, April 2016
Photo: Kurt Eckardt
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Due September

Squirrel Pancake - II cassette (VV027)
Album number two for Squirrel Pancake, aka Melbourne based artist Jen Tait.
In her inimitable electric guitar and vocal format, this follows on 
from the debut self titled album released last year (VV021).
Dissonant, cycling, and inexplicable free-formations.
Collage art: Jen Tait
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Due late 2016

Telekenet - debut album cassette (VV028)
A literal merging of recent and older recordings by Peter Bramley.
A cacophonous concoction of varied drum patterns, raw metronomic noise, and poisonous voice.
A new pseudonym, and a slightly different approach to his Penguins project. 
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Due late 2016

Penguins live VHS
A very limited edition video compiling a range of live
performances by Melbourne based Penguins, aka Peter Bramley.
Featuring footage of shows from 2008 to more recently, including:
- one from Hobart last year 
- the second show ever, at Bar Open in Melbourne 
- a non-sensical recital at Dane Certificate's Magic Tricks, Gags & Theatre 
- a surreal set at North St Bar in Bateman's Bay, N.S.W 
- a crude set at Burst City (now defunct diy space) in Brisbane 
- the 'infamous' performance at Jura Books in Sydney, never-before-seen video. 

Like an audio-visual scrapbook.
Penguins at Percy's Bar in Carlton, 2012
Photo: Ema Dunstan
Plus a couple of other exciting releases to be announced down the track!
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RELEASED IN 2016

Whitney Houston's Crypt EP 7" (VV024)
Released a few months back, it has received some strong reactions so far..
"A noise-rock approach that smells of death."
"...like a cup of cold tea with coal silt sediment"
"The vocals are too intense"
"...it’s screaming bloody murder, it’s murder to the mind and it’s nightmarish to the extreme"
"...it’s about time someone started coughing up blood over a 7” once again, playing as if their lives depended on it"
Review by Byron Coley, The Wire issue 388
Record Of The Day at WFMU radio station in New Jersey.

Copies still available via direct email order, and the VV bandcamp page.
If you're in Australia, ask your local independent record store / distro about a copy.
If you're in the U.S.A, via Aquarius Records in San Francisco.
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Treehouse - Centre Of Their World cassette (VV025)
There has been much praise already for this new album from
the Hobart based trio, and it's very close to being sold out.
"..must have been a relief to get this out of their system"
Review via 4ZZZ radio

Check the VV bandcamp page, or your local record shop for a copy.

JULY TOUR DATES . . .

Jun 8, 2016

TREEHOUSE - Centre Of Their World cassette (VV025)

Now available! 
The glorious new album from beloved Hobartians' Treehouse.
Entitled Centre Of Their World, and issued on cassette in an edition of 100 copies.
A bonus live track accompanies the album download card.

The first edition of this cassette (40 copies) was made by the band in time for their tour of New Zealand earlier this year (with Wasted Idol). That run sold out promptly. 
Centre Of Their World builds on their much praised Gathering The Dreams cassette EP from last year, released via Plum Stop (a 'bedroom' label run by bassist Jon Ainslie).

Treehouse at Lake Okareka in Rotorua, New Zealand, 2016
Photo by Simon Maisch

FORTHCOMING TOUR . . .

Feb 11, 2016

WHITNEY HOUSTON'S CRYPT EP 7" (VV024) + TOUR

Vacant Valley number 24 is the Whitney Houston’s Crypt EP 7”
NOW AVAILABLE
Whitney Houston’s Crypt are a five-piece death wave noise rock band originally from Newcastle, N.S.W. Vexed vocals, pummelling rhythm section, dual electric guitar assault. Known for their intense and spirited live shows, this release (recorded by Oliver Young) faithfully captures that dark atmosphere. A much anticipated record, it will be the follow-up to their alarming ‘Chairpagedotcom’ cassette from 2014.
Photo by Chris Foster
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TOUR DATES

Thursday 24th March
NEWCASTLE 
Hamilton Station Hotel w/ Burlap (LP launch) + Twinrova (tape launch) + Collector
Friday 25th March
SYDNEY
Black Wire Records w/ Burlap (LP launch) + Home Burial + Cat Heaven
Thursday 31st March
SYDNEY
Bald Faced Stag
Friday 1st April
CANBERRA
The Phoenix w/ Twinrova + California Girls + Harrow
Saturday 2nd April
MELBOURNE
Grace Darling basement
w/ Synthetics + Men With Chips (Adelaide) + Karli White + Kompact Development
Monday 4th April
MELBOURNE 
'Monday Night Mass' Northcote Social Club w/ Masses + Twinrova + Diecut
Saturday 9th April
BRISBANE
Trainspotters w/ Clever + Twinrova + Rebel Yell
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Poster design by the band, executed by Daniel McKinley
Poster by Peter Bramley
Poster by Peter Bramley

Jan 4, 2016

FORTHCOMING 2016

An ominous and much anticipated EP 7" from
Due March 2016
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Due early-mid 2016
Photo by Erinna Giblin
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MORE NEWS DOWN THE TRACK

Oct 18, 2015

KOMPACT DEVELOPMENT cassette (VV023)

Debut recordings for Adelaide based artist Kompact Development
aka Freya Adele (Theta, Botox, Kash Konverters). 
Cold and crunching. Dense digital damage.
Artwork by Cakey Sportsman.
Listen / order HERE.
Photo by Edie Stevens.
A review via Yeah I Know It Sucks blog (South Holland)

Aug 27, 2015

BAD INTENTIONS - Everybody's Doing It cassette (VV022)

Otherworldly noise from Brisbane based duo, Bad Intentions.

 
This tape contains recordings of two separate live performances, both at Real Bad Music mid-late 2013. Audio courtesy of Matt Earle. Collage art by Peter Bramley. Edition of 50.

Live at Real Bad Music, photo via Blanket Canvassing.

Jul 12, 2015

SQUIRREL PANCAKE cassette (VV021)

Vacant Valley is proud to present the bizarre and entrancing debut solo recordings for Jen Tait (Is There A Hotline?, Go Genre Everything) - aka Squirrel Pancake.
Collage art and layout by Jen.
Edition of 50 copies
(comes with download code)
Order HERE

Feb 9, 2015

LIVING IN A SHADOW compilation CD (VV020)

Five years on from the first release, 
Vacant Valley is extremely pleased to present...
Cover art: Claire Pannell
A unique and diverse anthology encompassing 23 artists from Australia and New Zealand. The range of recordings featured are unreleased, exclusive, live, or have been previously released in a limited fashion. The booklet will contain recording details, a collage of flyers and liner notes from the compiler/label runner Peter Bramley.

This compilation will mark five years since the first Vacant Valley release. 

Over that time, the label has issued records by Pop Singles, King Tears Mortuary, Treehouse, Psy Ants, Go Genre Everything, Cured Pink, Per Purpose, Ghost Gums, The New Season, the Rough End Of The Stick compilation LP (The Stevens, White Walls, The Clits, Mad Nanna, etc) and more..

Artists featured on the Living In A Shadow compilation:

New South Wales, Australia
King Tears Mortuary, Shebeen Queen, Whitney Houston's Crypt

Victoria, Australia
Bridal Gnome, Go Genre Everything, Hex On The Beach, Orlando Furious, School Girl Report, 
Shiny Coin, The Bunyip Moon, The New Season, Useless Children, WASP

Tasmania, Australia
All The Weathers, Bi-Hour, Drunk Elk, Treehouse

Queensland, Australia
Bitchratch, Cured Pink, Gerald Keaney & the Gerald Keaneys, Per Purpose, Psy Ants

Auckland, New Zealand
Girls Pissing On Girls Pissing

The entire compilation mastered by the legendary engineer/artist Simon Grounds
(who engineered records by God, Venom P. Stinger, Slub, Underground Lovers).

The cover art is by Perth based avant garde sound artist Claire Pannell 

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Reviews

The Wire magazine (UK)

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Stockists 
(as of July 2015)

AUSTRALIA

Melbourne, Victoria
Collectors Corner Missing Link, Gold Mine Records, Off The Hip, Polyester RecordsRecord ParadiseVicious Sloth Collectables

Sydney, New South Wales

Brisbane, Queensland

Hobart, Tasmania

Perth, Western Australia

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Auckland, New Zealand

San Francisco, U.S.A.

London, U.K.
Rough Trade (East)

Nagold, Germany
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Melbourne launch show
Performing on the night: 
SHEBEEN QUEEN (Sydney)
WASP
SHINY COIN
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Nov 4, 2014

SSEX fanzine - issue 4

Great fanzine by Leon O'Regan (The Bunyip Moon, Dire Ears). 
Fine writing, extremely well researched. 
Interviews with Charles Nauman, John Murphy, Peter Tyndall. 
Edition of 200.
$4 + postage.
Order HERE


Oct 26, 2014

BI-HOUR 'An Accident' EP (VV019)

Second run of the Bi-Hour 'An Accident' EP is now available!
This edition has a light blue VV logo on the back and correct catalogue number on the spine this time around. The first edition, released in May 2014, sold out fairly quick so get a copy before they all go again! LISTEN then.. ORDER HERE

Sep 15, 2014

UPCOMING SHOW: 19/09/14

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TREEHOUSE (Hobart)
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Tram # 19 will get you there!

Sep 10, 2014

GERALD KEANEY & THE GERALD KEANEYS - A Word For A World CD

At last!
The incredible new album from Brisbane's Gerald Keaney and the Gerald Keaneys.
Absurdist post punk gold. 
One of the most unique and interesting bands in Australia 
(along with Melbourne's Go Genre Everything).

May 29, 2014

Stockists - May 2014

New VV releases from Treehouse, King Tears Mortuary and Bi-Hour can be found:

Sydney
Repressed Records, Red Eye Records

Melbourne
Collectors Corner Missing Link, Polyester Records, Round And Round,
Record Paradise, Vicious Sloth Collectables

Hobart
Tommy Gun Records

Brisbane
Eternal Soundcheck

Records will make their way to more stockists Australia wide and overseas in the coming weeks. 

Alternatively: 



Reminder 
Friday 6th June at The Tote, in Collingwood. 
TREEHOUSE (LP launch) 
KING TEARS MORTUARY (7" launch) 
WHITNEY HOUSTON'S CRYPT (tape launch) 
THE KREMLINGS 
GO GENRE EVERYTHING

May 22, 2014

TRIPLE LAUNCH SHOW - JUNE 6TH


Melbourne launch of three fine records, from three interstate bands. 

Five bands to perform...

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TREEHOUSE 
A punk rock trio, with arresting zest and charisma. 
Launching their raw and affecting debut album 'Interzone' on vinyl. 
Recorded by Simon Maisch. 
LP comes with A4 lyric sheet, DL code and 'live compilation'.
Jacket art by Callum Cusick.
Released via Vacant Valley (VV016).
Photo: James Woodberry
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KING TEARS MORTUARY
A brilliant four piece, dual vocals / guitars. 
Blending guitar pop and punk rock. 
Launching their luminous 'Asleep At The Wheel Of Fortune' EP 7". 
Recorded by Lincoln Brown.
The record comes with inserts and DL code. 
Jacket art by Sam Giddey.
Released via Vacant Valley (VV018).

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WHITNEY HOUSTON'S CRYPT
* first interstate show *
Fractured. Somewhat volatile. 
This will be the Melbourne launch of their 'Chair Page Dotcom' cassette.
Co-released via White House Records and Y202 Records.
Pho: Zen Harris
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Punk rock five piece from Geelong with a blistering new LP called 'Whole Earth Cleansing',  released through Desperate Records.
Photo: Glen Schenau
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An utterly unique Melbourne based duo, who exhibit an engaging brand of post-punk power. 
Phot: Peter Bramley
w/ Trust Punks (Auckland), Product, Bitumen
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Vacant Valley stall throughout the night. 
Aforementioned vinyl and cassettes available, plus t shirts and records by Bi-Hour, The New Season, Psy Ants, Ghost Gums, and more. Also, the 'Rough End Of The Stick' LP compilation.

THE TOTE - Friday June 6th - Begins at 8:30pm