Sydney noise duo Party Dozen, saxophonist Kirsty Tickle and percussionist Jonathan Boulet, today reveal details of their second album ‘Pray For Party Dozen’, as well as dropping new single The Great Ape and announcing a handful of Australian tour dates for June.
‘Pray For Party Dozen’ is a typically DIY affair, produced by Jonathan and released May 22nd on their own label, Grupo Records. The album is the follow-up to their 2017 debut ‘The Living Man’, which established Party Dozen amongst Australia’s foremost sonic adventurers. Since then they have played incessantly, performing at festivals as varied as WOMAD, Dark Mofo, Falls, MONA FOMA and Farmer & The Owl, and playing shows with the likes of Liars, Viagra Boys and Tropical Fuck Storm.
The second taste of ‘Pray For Party Dozen’, following 2019’s eponymous Party Dozen single, comes in the form of The Great Ape, which was played by Henry Rollins on his KCRW show this week. Something of a slow-jam by their usual standards, The Great Ape sidesteps the frenetic pace of much of the group’s earlier work, preferring a sludgey, stonerish groove, albeit one adorned with Party Dozen’s usual sax drones and insistent percussion. The song comes with an accompanying video which features clips from their phenomenal live show, shot at a variety of gigs in 2019.
As you’ll see from the video, each performance for the band is a trial of physicality and an expression of maximalism. Like the legendary Dirty Three, the members seem to meld into one mind, oblivious to the viewer. Tickle effortlessly navigates Boulet’s ever-shortening attention span and wild tempo changes; form gradually materialises from chaos.
‘Pray For Party Dozen’ is the perfect synthesis of their renowned live show. Tracks like the aforementioned Party Dozen act as a bridge from The Living Man, where evil sample loops build the foundations upon which the duo erect a brand new temple of irreverence. Elsewhere, they flirt with electro-Krautrock (Auto Loser), stoner (The Great Ape) and even subtlety (Scheisse Kunst). It still sounds like Party Dozen, but somehow louder; more hushed; even wilder. Plus there are two songs with lyrics. It’s smart enough to make you move and dumb enough to make you think. But it’s not greater than the sum of its parts. There are no parts – there is only Party Dozen.
A limited edition pre-order pack featuring a vinyl copy of the album, a t-shirt and an exclusive Party Dozen prayer candle, lovingly handmade by the band, is available HERE
June 12th | Melbourne, AU – The Grace Darling
June 13th | Brisbane, AU – The Bearded Lady
June 19th | Sydney, AU – The Lansdowne
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