None Of That
Petty Bunco / Eternal Soundcheck
***Latest offering from the worldwide kings of downer punk, Brisbane’s Kitchen's Floor. Across its ten tracks, None of That spins like a propulsive claustrophobic miasma with a certain Matt Kennedy languidly seated, shouting and babbling coherently at the center of the storm. It’s a hummable bummer statement that sounds content and settled in its muck. This is the soundtrack for those out there who take a sober look in the mirror each morning and mutter the mantra “I can’t go on, I’ll go on”. Recall, if you will, the supposition that “home is where the floor is”—None of That would suggest that home is in the kitchen.
Battle Of Brisbane
***With so many interesting Australian bands we’ve come across over the last ten years, KITCHEN'S FLOOR has got to be the most desperately unhinged while still being one of the most prolific. As the main progenitor of the group, MATT KENNDEY's band has clearly evolved over time, yet he’s consistently retained the grime and agitation from their earliest endeavors, and on this new Battle of Brisbane LP, Kennedy steps forward into an almost daringly palatable collection of songs, still soiled with the stains of defeat, yet unexpectedly triumphant. The bitterness is inescapable yet there’s some rays of something resembling sunshine trying to break through, and it seems as if Kitchen’s Floor have managed to finally edge in some lighter hues in their otherwise never-ending series of grays. Clearly they’ve made artistic progress with Battle of Brisbane, and the variety exhibited within these grooves shows that with the band going on hiatus after the passing of Kennedy’s close friend, and Negative Guest List creator Brendon Annesley, returning to music was definitely the right idea. The songs on this LP shine with a brilliance that isn’t apparent to the outsider ear, ragged and textured with gunk and delusion, yet naked, pure, and honest. A post punk masterpiece done in the folk art vein without the consideration of image or pretense, and churned out with the most delightfully egregious results. Starkly modern and with bleakness beyond measure, Kitchen’s Floor are a consistent bearer of excellent recorded material, and this LP should boost their...
***Originally released in 2010 in edition of 300 and selling out within a couple of months. Reissued (and I say reissued as we had to get new plates made) in July 2013 as it’s an important part of the KITCHEN’S FLOOR discography. Although some would argue that Still Night is one of the worst Kitchen’s Floor songs, the consensus at R.I.P HQ is that it’s one of the best. Here’s the mastermind of group MATT KENNEDY’s recollection of the recording… These 3 songs were recorded in an old dilapidated share house in Spring Hill, Brisbane. They were recorded by JORDAN SWEENEY (who would shortly afterwards do an excellent job recording the White Cop EP) on an old reel to reel tape thing. This was late 2009, not long after Loneliness is a Dirty Mattress had been released to massive success and I was finally able to make a living from selling photos and t-shirts of my house. Many people have commented on the complete lack of appreciable sound quality for this record. Some have told me that ‘Still Night’ is the worst song I have ever written. I don’t think it is my best either but I have written worse, ‘Insects’ for example. I am proud of this record, it is honest and is what it is. ‘Orbit’ and ‘Regrets’ were written from the heart, and these versions of them are raw as heck. Prominent in the mix is the sturdy bass playing of GLEN SCHENAU, and the impeccable drum...
Look Forward To Nothing
Loneliness Is a Dirty Mattress, the debut LP by Australian trio Kitchen’s Floor, made many ponderous pinetop’s top ten list in 2010 and with good reason. The band aptly channels an adroit cacophony that recalls the former glory of past Aussie noise / punk gnashers such as Rejex and Feedtime with such élan that one might suspect Toohey’s Sheaf courses through their veins. On Look Forward to Nothing, new drummer Joe Alexander (also found in the excellent combo, Per Purpose) gives Kitchen’s Floor a much more thunderous drive, with the the results sounding not unlike a cage match between (the Australian) X and The Gordons. True, the pummeling is without quarter and there’s blood everywhere. But take stock, friend—it’s all yours! Which just goes to show that the best thing about beating your head against the wall is that it’s to Kitchen’s Floor. Look for the band Stateside late August through September, touring coast to coast and also dealing pain at Gonerfest 2011. Aloha.