Thursday, March 11, 2010

No Dress Regulations: Documenting the Musical History of the Wollongong Youth Centre (1997)

Released in 1997, No Dress Regulations was a project of the Wollongong Youth Centre using a funding grant from the NSW Ministry of the Arts. A pivotal part of the local music scene, the Youth Centre provides rehearsal space and serves as a much needed venue for all-ages shows in the area. The album compiles 26 of the bands and artists who utilised these services between 1993-1996 and sonically runs the gamut from punk, metal, hip-hop, singer/songwriter and indie - clearly demonstrating the diversity of the city's musical culture.

Despite the many styles on display, the album runs relatively seamlessly, much to the credit of local producer Brent Williams - whose name you'll find in numerous local album credits. The album is an interesting historical document showcasing the state of the many local scenes in the 90's. A particular highlight is the early sound of Thumlock - a band who went onto sign with the now-defunct High Beam Music, and garnered a strong following not only locally, but nationally and overseas also.

Tracklist: 01 The Merkins - Mirage //  02 Slobplant - Keep Whippin' // 03 Navel Graveyard - I Like My Pavlovas Creamy // 04 Audio - Blue // 05 Shifter - Goon // 06 Lane - Tools of Violence // 07 Thrillsucker - Psycho Joe // 08 Spoonful - Anything // 09 Sundar - The Abyss // 10 Frontside - Your Excuses // 11 Annie Werner - So Tough // 12 Forehead - Enidagne // 13 Manifest - Grow // 14 The Gathering - Elevate // 15 TBK - Blind // 16 Evol - Misunderstood // 17 Werzal - Bert's Revenge // 18 Speedyboots - Starting Again // 19 Mrs Peel - Low // 20 Product of Torment - What's Your Name (Tonight)? // 21 Kelly-Anne Stewart - Just There // 22 Tripe - Freshly Fried // 23 Second - Astral Navigation // 24 Beanbag - All the Way with Stephanie K. // 25 Thumlock - Metal Tray // 26 Rukus - Gunna Skate

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