"Lower than a snake's Belly"
Artist: Tony McKey
Label: Virulent Rationality rec.
Time: 30 min.
Style: Noise Drone Industrial
That project we have here is in reality a young experimentalist musician called Tony McKey, who currently lives in Sydney (Australia). He comes from play in punk-rock and garage-rock bands, but last years he discovered the unlimited world of the experimental music and in 2013 he started to try with pedals distortion, tapes manipulation, voice manipulation, software and other little things that he discovered little by little. Since the beggining he has already recorded 7 releases always in cassette (tape) format. He has work with labels like “Virulent Rationality Records”, “Mazorka Editions” or “Street Muscle” and some releseases has been self-produced. I have had the opportunity to listen to this "Lower than a snake's Belly" several times and I admit is quite difficult for me to describe it in words not in english, but even in my language, spanish. The whole of tape is an strange and rare atmosphere which mix noise in small doses and drone, ambient and something which reminds field recordings or (unless) recordings in open air. The cassette has only 2 tracks, one per side, with 15 minutes exactly for each track. And more or less the work starts the same way it ends... I mean involved in this rare (not dark) atmosphere totally lo-fi and old fashioned, like the first old industrial european bands. I really like this kind of noise: slow, grave, deep and very very lo-fi. It seem Tony McKey uses multiple reel-to-reel tape loops, every tape of his keeps getting better and better. Its strange to imaginate a man can make this kind of music / noise in the "sunny, optimistic and happy" Australia, because it seem he return to his roots in the old Europe, perhaps England, Scotland or Ireland. We can feel sometimes a ultra-minimal rhythm and harsh poor old electronics with some basses sounded the way static drenched digital noise plate. Very raw, crude and direct. I like very much.
Here below you can see the typical panorama of Sydney centre.