Thursday, 5 September 2013

Aktion Unit albums on bandcamp

Since my last post, Aktion Unit (Dan Lewis and myself) have released two albums on bandcamp.   

Trance Mutation (2012) compiles four live recordings from 2008 - 2011, some of which came out as very limited edition runs of CDRs. This album charts our early (non-)career.

In April 2013 we unleashed a cassette, Responsibility. This beast mainly documents Aktion Unit's tour of New Zealand in 2010, but also includes a rather wonderful live-to-air performance on Melbourne's community radio station 3CR, recorded as a tribute to recently deceased music and visual art legend Don Van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart. Needless to say, the result of this cover version bears very little resemblance to the original.

Track listing:

1. Blues For Thatcher (7.03)
2. Ruth Norman (8.14)
3. Astrology School (1.24)
4. Countdown To Ecstasy (4.06)
5. Zig Zag Wanderer (27.48)


1. Recorded at Wunderbar, Lyttelton NZ, 2010
2. Recorded at Chick’s Hotel, Port Chalmers NZ, 2010
    Mike Dooley: drums
    Sarah Kate Stuart: guitar
3. Recorded at Astrology School, Melbourne, 2011
    Yuko Kono: bass
4. Recorded at Bar Open, Melbourne, 2010
    Lisa Mackinney: acetone organ

    Nicole Hurtubise: percussion
5. Recorded live to air at 3cr radio, Melbourne, 2010
    Jess McCann: piano, voice
    lyrics by Don Van Vliet

Robert McDougall made a brilliant video for the track 'Blues For Thatcher' from Responsibility. Viewing may induce epileptic fits, so be warned!

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