Sydney’s favourite purveyors of swirly psychedelia, Cull, released their debut EP Bà nội last year. Since then, their melting dreamscape sound has caught plenty of ears, and been widely thumbs-upped.
In between getting their hands on a new bass player and putting together their follow-up EP, Chumpy and Alex from Cull found time to put together a collection of tunes they’re currently vibin’ with, and have a quick chat.
How would you describe Cull to people that haven’t yet come across your music?
Guitar music that’s informed by almost impulsive pedal/processor purchases on eBay and Gumtree, and being best friends.
What are you guys working on at the moment?
I’m currently in pre-production of a couple of EP #2 tracks, one of which we hope to have out in June. Alex (guitar) and I are also working (continuously) on acquiring great eBay/Gumtree deals, but most of the time we just spend too much money. So I guess we’re ‘being broke.’
We also just got a new bass player, which we’ll be making an announcement about soon. It’s exciting!
I’ve seen some pretty wild pictures of your pedal setups. Do you give them nicknames?
Most of the pedals have such cool names that they don’t really need nicknames! For example: Rainbow Machine, Moogerfooger MF101, Sodameiser, Arpanoid, Stupor Looper, Stereo Memory Man with Hazarai, Dream Crusher. Alex also builds pedals, so some of those he gets to give actual real names to the stuff he uses.
What’s the worst answer that someone could give to the question “If you could have any superpower, what would it be?”
Never ending ultra-accelerated nostril hair growth. And also the hair is poisonous, but only to you.
Finally, would you be so kind as to say a little something about the tracks you’ve chosen for us today?
Chumpy: All the tracks (except Mudlark) were found while leaving SoundCloud on autoplay. Those particular tracks got me to pause, favourite and then replay. SoundCloud is awesome.
Alex: The tracks I chose are from bands I’ve seen at Blackwire, played shows with, or live down the street from. I’m really getting into supporting “live music”, which is something everyone should try sometime. It’s crazy.
Mudlark - Troy Buswell Sniffling Seats
Found these guys from Perth while driving one arvo, listening to FBi. I couldn’t help but dig through FBi’s playlist, find them, and fall in love with them. Some of the most interesting guitaring I’ve heard in a long time!
Tobacco - Heavy Makeup
The fuzz that Tobacco infuses into all their tracks is demonic but in a blissful way. Everything just sounds on the verge of peaking!
Tona Seranad - Charlotte Sampling – MÉLANGE POUR ENFANTS 3
Tona Seranad is a Swedish label that (from what I can gather) digs for forgotten and/or old easy- listening music. This particular mix they put together is full of French easy-listening tunes that are pretty strange but are definitely interesting melodically.
Thundercat - Lotus and the Jondy
Thundercat has a vast catalogue of gnarly bass driven tunes. Thomas Pridgen (ex-Mars Volta) drums on this track and it’s just something else.
Is Bliss - Desire
Some of the most lush dream-pop I’ve heard in a while.
Roku Music - CollideR
Roku Music are just Cool Guys™. I haven’t met them in real life, but they’ve just put together this sound that is inescapably right. I sit down and listen to Collider and I feel really comfortable. You should give it a go.
PVT - Casual Success
This is my theme song at the moment. I probably misinterpreted it, but I like to think it’s an anthem for people who want to be successful, but without all the bullshit of success - like responsibility, or taxes. Plus PVT are the best.
Tanned Christ - Provider
Tanned Christ are a band who just nail the “oh shit, that noise” moment consistently, on every track. They’re amazing live, and just released a super great EP. Provider is just baller, and I love it.
Mathas - Nourishment ft. Abbe May
Best Australian MC, hands down. There’s nothing unnecessary or false about Mathas’ music, but so much room for interpretation. So good.
Tape//Off - Pedestal Fan
Tape/Off make real cool almost lo-fi tunes. Pedestal Fan is new, and great. Just like the band who made it. Yeah!
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