Friday, 12 September 2014

Venom P. Stinger - DISCOGRAPHY

Venom P. Stinger
1986 - 1991

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Punk, Noise Rock, Post Punk
For Fans Of: Grong Grong, Lubricated Goat, Fungus Brains, Cuntz, Feedtime

Venom P. Stinger sound like the lovechild of a bad drug tip and a hangover, that have just crawled out of a pub two days after they entered - not that's a bad thing by any stretch of the imagination. Australian punk has thrived on scuzzy, pub rock gone awry since the Scientist started doing their thang and in keeping with this noble tradition, the boys in Venom P. Stinger cranked out some of the most deranged, drug fucked tunes to ever grace this fine nation.
Picking apart Venom P. Stinger's music, you'll find hints of post punk, rockabilly and jazz (the latter two demonstrated superbly by Jim White's tight, but free flowing drum rolls) all of which have been thrown into the gutter out the front and had their teeth kicked in. Meanwhile Mick Turner's energetic, incredibly loose but rhythmically conscious guitar playing goes from power chords to screeching feedback and atonal noise solos, putting some of the aforementioned genres through the proverbial meatgrinder. Vocalist Dugald McKenzie (RIP) on the other hand,  yelps and whines about drug abuse, urban decay, depression and all things nice backed by the sounds of a band veering off the rails of simple chord progressions into free form noise punk.  If ever your descent into poverty and mental illness needed a soundtrack, this'd be the band to do it.
This compilation collects a fair portion of the band's material, bar a live album, their 1994 EP 'Thickskin' and their 1996 LP 'Tearbucketer' (all of which were recorded with new vocalist Nick Palmer). I really could prattle on for hours about this band, but I won't - I will however say that you'll be hard pressed to find another band this good, that sounds so woefully sloppy, and unashamedly Australian.

1. P.C.P. Crazy / Jaws
2. Hold Me Closer
3. And Suddenly
4. Going Nowhere
5. Flourish Wish
6. Untitled
7. Precious Little Time
8. Jaws II
9. Venom P. Stinger
10. Walking About
11. 26 Milligrams
12. Those Shakes
13. Before You Open My Eyes
14. Hell Street
15. My Hole
16. The Quiet One
17. Impressions
18. Home Sweet Home
19. Lethargy
20. Dear God
21 .Unused
22. Day Will Come
23. Greystones
24. What's Yours Is Mine
25. Pressure Inside
26. Inside The Waiting Room
27. I Try, I Really Try
28. Turning Green
29. In Love


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