Regurgitator: Roxxin’ On

It’s been 22 years now since subversive Brisbane genre-blenders, Regurgitator, first made their mark on the Australian musical landscape with the release of their incendiary debut LP, ‘Tu Plang’.

Since then they’ve traversed points far and wide across the musical landscape, their tenure defined by rampant creativity, an irreverent disregard for playing to the norm, and a humour-laced and fearless approach to delivering music both challenging and accessible..a neat trick, that.

And August 1 sees them dropping album number nine, the intriguingly named ‘HEADROXX’.

Promising to be yet another fine addition to the bands canon of eclectic aural delights, the first taste of the new album sees them drop the split single ‘Don’t Stress’ / ‘Light Me On Fire’ on 7 inch vinyl.

We’ll also be reviewing the album in the August edition of Blank GC.

The lead up to the release of ‘HEADROXX’ has seen quirky front man Quan Yeomans give a typically inventive summation of the album’s genesis, as taken from the band’s website:

“I’d been having trouble sleeping for a few days. Some kind of pressure in my head seemed to be building. It felt like it was filled with bread that was slowly expanding as it soaked up the surrounding fluids. No doctor I went to could give me any answers. They all prescribed pain killers in ever increasing potency. To little avail.

After a week the pain was so unbearable the only relief I could find was by bashing my head on something hard like a washing machine or the dash of my car. After a week of this I went in for an MRI and the images, though at first unbelievable, seem to confirm that my skull was host to a rather nasty infestation of song larvae. I went home and tried to control the unrelenting agony and the fear that was creeping into me but before I knew it I was once again bashing my head up against a computer screen. I smashed it with such force that finally the invaders fell out, along with some small, relatively unimportant bits of my brain. The pain abated almost immediately.

I carefully collected the tiny lyrical maggots in a jar, poked some holes in the lid and put it under my pillow to hide them from my wife and keep them warm while I slept. I fell into a deep slumber punctuated by the strangest dreams. When I awoke the jar was empty and from the pendant light on my ceiling, hanging by its twisted claw, this album gently swayed, humming a low, comforting drone at me.”

‘HEADROXX’ is available on vinyl, CD, download, streaming from 1 August.

In support of the record’s release, ‘The Gurge’ will be hitting the gig-trail throughout August, on their ‘Life Support’ national tour. As well as the usual capital city shows, they’ll also be hitting South East Queensland for the following three dates. Get-along!

Fri 24 August: Kingscliff, KINGSCLIFF BEACH HOTEL

Sat 25 August: Brisbane, THE TIVOLI

Sun 26 August: Sunshine Coast, SOLBAR

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