The penultimate audible libation for this month's Rocktober officiations is another searingly psychedelic soirée, with three weightily ponderous groupings of human beings with a penchance for long sonic helices engaging in the improv idiom. Dead take the engine room of rock, the humble drums-and-bass, and somehow make them sound like an orchestra of resonant steel girders and shipping containers smashing against your skull whilst cranking out hypnotically repetitive neck-ruining riffs. Exhaustion are an aptly-named band with their uncompromising motorik downer-boogie, mangled guitar scrape and grimly saturated vocal desperation - on this occasion with the devastating saxophonic assault of Kris Wanders they risk living up to their press release as "the perfect way to ruin what's left of your life". And Wunderlust push minimalism to obsessive extremes as they marry the Krautrock approach to the droning dirgeful doom of post-80s Melvinic raucous roll in the midst of a storm of howling distortion.
• DEAD feat. Jace (Bass) & Jem (Drums)
• Exhaustion feat. Duncan Blachford (Guitar, Vox), Per Byström (Percussion), Ian Wadley (Bass) & Kris Wanders (Saxophone)
• Wunderlust feat. Skivvy Wu (Drums, Guitar, slacoV), Adam (Guitar, Synth), Cal (Bass) & David (Guitar, Moog, Drum Programming)
The Make It Up Club
Avant Garde Improvised Music and Sound Performance
Every Tuesday night at Bar Open, 317 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy 3065
Doors at 8:30 pm for a 9:00 pm start