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Freak Lemons

by Laughing Gear

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    Pre-order of Freak Lemons. You get 2 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
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    releases October 1, 2021

      $10 AUD  or more

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Deluxe limited edition gatefold heavyweight black 12” Vinyl LP.

    Includes digital pre-order of Freak Lemons. You get 2 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    digital album releases October 1, 2021
    item ships out within 5 days
    Purchasable with gift card

      $30 AUD or more 

     

1.
Possession
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3.
New Estate 03:35
4.
The Wheel
5.
In A Tank
6.
Fillet Station
7.
Flake
8.
Tread Count

about

Laughing Gear is an exercise in catharsis aimed at dissecting the tribulations of gentrification & classist warfare. The band features ex members of Melbourne synth punk luminaries Chrome Dome, Brando’s Island, Romero and Eyesores.

Formed by vocalist / pattern architect Bryce Sweatman in 2018, Laughing Gear combine modulating analogue synths with Compu-Rhythm drum machine loops, complemented by a howling / delay-induced vocal screech that harks back to an era of synth-punk that was most dominant in the 1980’s underground music. Fergus Sinclair’s incendiary guitar work is drenched in chorus effects that allow these unique synth-punk & anarcho worlds to collide and mutate, culminating in a highly original musical space that is provocative, jarring and exhilarating.

Laughing Gear’s stunning debut album ‘Freak Lemons’ is a formidable collection of cutting-edge dystopian synth punk and incisive socio-political commentary, delivered with an acid tongue and a wry sense of gallows humour. A finely honed 80s pop sensibility is mixed with heavy doses of vintage synth worship and punk rock antagonism, while the history of underground music is slyly referenced. The result is a defiantly original and unapologetically danceable album brimming with whip-smart lyrics and cunningly crafted songs where hooks and concepts fly thick and fast.

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releases October 1, 2021

All songs © Laughing Gear 2021

Bryce Sweatman – synthesizers, drum machines and vocals
Fergus Sinclair – guitar

Additional synthesizer on all tracks except 8 by Jared Styles
Field recording on 8 by Bryce Sweatman

Produced, recorded and mixed by Dom Willmot
Mastered by David Walker at Stepford Audio Melbourne
Art direction and design by Luke Fraser at Grin Creative
Band photography by Sophie Gabrielle
Series curated and produced by Miles Brown
Project coordination by Annalee Koernig

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