From salt, sand and circuitry, Australian industrial dance act Forces assemble their self titled EP, available on limited edition 12″ vinyl via Siberia Records. Simultaneously sumptuous and sterile, Forces new framework offers guidance through the hostile terrain it generates.

Thirsting for a synthesis between body, land and technology, this work is the first significant artifact in Forces exploration of dance and pop.  Their sound embodying both the vastness of Australia’s arid landscapes and its voracious appetite for technology.

First single ‘World in Focus’ is available as a free download. Exploring the notion of Australia as playground, ‘World in Focus’ offers visions of a dynamic landscape worthy of the bodies of tomorrow.

Forces have surged to prominence since emerging in 2011, quickly establishing a reputation for confronting live performance coupled with concise and visceral dance music. Forces live highlights include performances at The Sydney Opera house for Vivid Festival, alongside Zola Jesus and Light Asylum, and many shows with their contemporaries including My Disco, Gang Gang Dance and label-mate Kirin J Callinan.

The self titled EP will be available on limited edition 12″ vinyl on Midnight Juggernauts’ label Siberia Records on 9 December 2012. The digital release will be available via


Saturday 17 November – Puppies, Wellington

Friday 23 November – Secret Rave, Sydney

Saturday 24 November – Siberian Nights for Melbourne Music Week, Melbourne


Download ‘World In Focus’ below:


Sugar Mountain, Melbourne’s boutique music and arts festival, is pleased to announce its visual art programming and satellite events.

Sugar Mountain will be held over multiple days in January 2013, with the main event taking place at The Forum Theatre on Saturday 19 January. The Festival will also utilise Rooftop Bar, Polyester Records, Schoolhouse Studios, Lamington Drive, Chapter House Lane, Abbotsford Convent and The Bottom End to showcase an impressive array of local and international creative talent.

Conveniently placed in the heart of Melbourne’s city centre, Sugar Mountain celebrates creativity across multiple platforms, presenting engaging performances in intriguing spaces.

Music acts Dirty Projectors, ESG, Peanut Butter Wolf, Action Bronson, Boomgates, Brothers Hand Mirror, Collarbones, Forces x Antony Hamilton, HTRK, Hunx and His Punx, Jonti, Kirin J Callinan x Kris Moyes, Laurel Halo, Lower Plenty, Naysayer and Gilsun and Woods have already been announced for the 2013 Sugar Mountain Festival.VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM

Curated by artist and festival Creative Director Pete Keen, Sugar Mountain’s visual arts line-up showcases a selection of truly talented local and international art makers. In 2013, Sugar Mountain explores the union and juxtaposition of light and movement. Entitled A Light, Bend & Stretch, the visual arts programming is a salute to local visionaries using light as tool within their creative practice, and their relationships with choreographed dance and movement, interactive installation and live musical performance. We are pleased to announce that the following artists have been commissioned to exhibit at the Sugar Mountain Festival in January 2013:

Melbourne artist HAMISHI is a conflict of ideas and is obsessed with topical viscerally. His practice spans painting, illustration, installation, video, and social media art to stupidly try express oxymoronic statements. Upon request, Hamishi has agreed to show his work across the USA, Europe, and Australia with various galleries. His illustrative work has been praised by Juxtapoz, FecalFace and other popular hip websites providing him with a warm validation that is slowly wearing thin. At Sugar Mountain 2013, Hamishi will collaborate with musician and sound artist HENRY FINN MADIN (The Harpoons).

ANTONY HAMILTON is one of Australia’s foremost independent contemporary choreographers. His work defies categorisation, and unhinges the traditional cultural narrative of western dance as an art form. He has created choreographic works for The Lyon Opera Ballet, Australian Dance Theatre, Chunky Move, Dancenorth, LINK, The Victorian College of the Arts, Stompin and Rogue. At Sugar Mountain 2013, Hamilton will collaborate with Melbourne-based synth outfit FORCES. The result? Another ‘must see’ one-off performance, curated just for Sugar Mountain.

As one half of clothing label and publisher PAM and the driving force behind art/music super group The Changes, MISHA HOLLENBACH has exhibited nationally and internationally, touring Italy during Milan Design Week, at such venues as Mu Gallery, Eindhoven; V1 Gallery, Copenhagen; Alleged Gallery, New York; Colette, Paris; and Deitch Projects, New York. His practice explores methods of merging contemporary culture with tribalism. Working across the mediums of collage, screenprinting, sculpture and installation, his work is often driven by carnal desire, and a return to the basics/basis of human existence: evidenced by his yoga/sex collages, or exploration of abject bodily functions. Hollenbach will take over the Mezzanine Stage at Sugar Mountain 2013, with what is bound to be an awe inspiring environment and situational kook-out by another of Melbourne’s most profound artisans.

KIT WEBSTER has gained worldwide recognition for his enigmatic audiovisual installations. Ranging from site-specific projections to digital sculptures, his works utilise precision programming and visualisation techniques to create captivating and immersive environments that challenge our sensory perceptions. By continually pushing the boundaries of technology and art, Webster is unafraid to present highly experimental concepts designed to expose the potential for the creation of a new audiovisual aesthetic. After rave reviews at Sugar Mountain 2011 and 2012, Webster returns to Sugar Mountain 2013 to provide the visual splendour and an evolving on-stage environment for ACTION BRONSON and DIRTY PROJECTORS.

MARKUS HOFKO (GER/NZ) has been working independently as a designer for local and international clients in the fields of art, culture, music and advertising. He creates designs, videos and conceptual photos for Wired magazine, Adidas, Diesel, Becks, VW, Atlantic Magazine and more. Markus’ expertise covers photography, video, installation and sound. His ongoing eagerness for new creative expressions is reflected in his diverse collaborations with artists from different fields and led to a variety of interdisciplinary performances and stage productions. Hofko will provide the interactive live projections for acts ESG and WOODS at Sugar Mountain 2013.

Melbourne-based artist KEITH DEVERELL works with economic visual and aural languages to create ultra slow portraits of people using video, sound, photography, film, found objects and installation. Deverell focuses on the seemingly ordinary and mundane, drawing attention to the depth of the spaces in between. Keith Deverell has been invited back to further develop his work on Grace Note, the film project in which Deverell turns his lens to Australia’s most idiosyncratic musicians, previously seen at Sugar Mountain 2012. Sugar Mountain 2013 will feature a collection of new artisans for Deverell to direct his lens towards. We, the viewer, will be introduced to an exquisite focus on figurative sound play via local classical musicians and ‘noise artists’.

Australian-born director and producer KRIS MOYES is best known for his innovative music videos, which he has made for the likes of The Presets, The Softlightes, Wolfmother and Sia. In early 2012, Moyes and Sydney musician Kirin J Callinan had a meeting of minds which spawned one of the most arresting music video clips to come out of Australia, ever.

Enigmatic performer and strange fellow KIRIN J CALLINAN and acclaimed sociopathic director Kris Moyes reunite for their collaborative live debut at Sugar Mountain.

Emerging multidisciplinary visual artist THOMAS RUSSELL works with visual projection in performance, video art and installation. With an integration of low-fi and new technologies, Russell’s artwork creates an organic, flowing visual experience that invites an audience into the now. At Sugar Mountain 2013, Thomas will exhibit You Are Environment, an interactive video feedback

installation. The work reflects exploration of Zen philosophy and ideas on human consciousness and its relationship to nature.

PHANTôSCOPIA present an extra-sensory exploration of human perception and phantasmagoria in a panoramic audio-visual display. Phantôscopia takes participants through a sonic storm and induced magnetic sleep, to project and explore the shadowy landscapes of the mind. Phantôscopia is an immersive show, blending new technology and occult philosophy into a unique and transcendent performance.

With a myriad of cassette and record designs, some for his own band Woods, and a book out on Not Not Fun Records, JEREMY EARL‘s distinctive ink-drawings and collages are free-form and nostalgic, full of remnants of psychedelia, abstract folk aesthetics, and found photographs.

Tickets for the 2013 Sugar Mountain Festival are on sale now via The Forum Box Office, Ticketmaster and Polyester Records.

Sugar Mountain Festival

Presented by Triple R, The Thousands and Vice

Saturday 19 January 2013 The Forum Theatre, Melbourne



Complementing the Sugar Mountain Festival will be seven inspiring satellite events, spanning film screenings, Q&As, exhibitions and art installations, presented by a group of forward thinking contemporary artists.

Thursday 17 January – Phil Elverum Exhibition – Chapter House Lane

Beyond the music of Mount Eerie comes a collection of photography by Phil Elverum. Launch: Thursday 17 January at 6.00pm. Duration: Thursday 17 January – Sunday 3 February. FREE ENTRY

Friday 18 January – Many Many Exhibition Launch – Lamington Drive A creative collaboration between architectural designer Stephanie Poole and publisher Rachel Elliot-Jones. ‘POOL’ explores the liquid landscape and the effect it has on optics and movement, as a result of its optical and physical density. Launch: Friday 18 January at 6.00pm. Duration: Friday 18 January – Saturday 26 January. FREE ENTRY ……………………………………………………………………………..

Sunday 20 January – Stones Throw’s night of music video – Rooftop Bar With Peanut Butter Wolf (Q&A) and Jonti (DJ set) plus special guests to be announced Stones Throw mastermind Peanut Butter Wolf talks about the music videos that have inspired him, past and present. Followed by DJ sets by Stones Throw’s only Aus signing, Jonti, and special guests. Opens: Sunday 20 January at 6.00pm FREE ENTRY ……………………………………………………………………………..

Monday 21 January – Jeremy Earl Exhibition Launch – Polyester Records An exhibition of new and old works by Woods frontman Jeremy Earl. Launch: 6pm Monday 21 January at 6.00pm. Exhibition runs from Monday 21 January – Tuesday 29 January. FREE ENTRY

Sunday 27 January – Beg, Scream and Shout! Film Festival – Shadow Electric at The Abbotsford Convent Beg, Scream and Shout! began in 2009, showcasing independent, DIY and experimental films by Melbourne artists. Shadow Electric will be open to the public at 3pm for table tennis, food vans, drinks and DJs. Films begin at dusk, to be followed by a panel discussion on DIY filmmaking. Sunday 27 January, 3.00pm – 12.00am Two sessions: 3.00pm (free entry) and 6.30pm (Ticketed $10/$15) ……………………………………………………………………………..

Sunday 27 January – Boiler Room TV Live from Sugar Mountain – The Bottom End Boiler Room TV, the international internet underground party phenomenon will host a special one-off show at The Bottom End. Boiler Room will bring the Sugar Mountain Festival into the living rooms of discerning dance music lovers worldwide and showcase the talented array of local producers that Australia has to offer. 9.00pm Tickets: $20 ……………………………………………………………………………..

Monday 28 January – Bangin Aus Day BBQ – Schoolhouse Studios Following the success of last year’s Australia Day Bonanza, Sugar Mountain are proud to present another round of music and merriment, this time in the lush surrounds of the Schoolhouse Studios. Featuring Thee Oh Sees, Dick Diver, Scotdrakula + DJs + BBQ + more. 2.00pm – 6.00pm Tickets: TBA

These seven satellite events will showcase incredible local and international talent, with the main event taking place on Saturday 19 January 2013.



Fade is the most direct, personal and cohesive album of Yo La Tengo’s career. Recorded with John McEntire at Soma Studios in Chicago, it recalls the sonic innovation and lush cohesion of career high points like 1997‘s I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One and 2000’s …And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out. Fade is a tapestry of fine melody and elegant noise, rhythmic shadow play and shy-eyed orchestral beauty, songfulness and experimentation.

But Fade attains a lyrical universality and hard-won sense of grandeur that’s rare even for this band. It weaves themes of aging, personal tragedy and emotional bonds into a fully-realized whole that recalls career-defining statements like Blood on the Tracks, I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight or Al Green’s Call Me.

“Nothing ever stays the same / Nothing’s explained”, the band sing in unison on the reflective opening track ‘Ohm’. “We try not to lose our hearts / Not to lose our minds”, it’s a straightforward sentiment for a band that prefers private intimation to forceful expression, making the song’s resistance to resignation feel that much more earned.

This is the first time Yo La Tengo has collaborated with producer John McEntire, best known for his work in post-rock band Tortoise as well as his work with such artists as Bright Eyes, Stereolab and Teenage Fanclub. He has helped the band hone a set of songs as multifaceted as they are seamless – flowing from the low-key shimmy of ‘Well You Better’, to the muted motorik kick of ‘Stupid Things’, to the cozy distortion of ‘Paddle Forward’ and right through to the cagey groove, horns and strings of the gorgeous album closer, ‘Before We Run’, in which Georgia Hubley and Ira Kaplan sing “Take me to your distant lonely place / Take me out beyond mistrust.”

Fade’s emotional core sits at its very centre with two songs, one sung by Kaplan and one by Hubley. The tender, raw, Kaplan-sung ballad ‘I’ll Be Around’ pivots around a circular guitar figure set against James McNew’s calm, pulsating bass line. The song’s simplicity and starkness stand like a beacon against the emptiness. The following track, ‘Cornelia and Jane’, features Hubley gently singing, “I hear them whispering, they analyse, but nobody knows what’s lost in your eyes / Sending the message that doesn’t get to you, how can we care for you?” supported by whispering cushions of horns and delicate vocal harmonies. The effect is both heartbreaking and reassuring.

Yo La Tengo Fade is out January 11 via Matador/Remote Control.