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.
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