1. Cracked Actor - Hollywood

    Joining the hellosQuare family in anticipation of their long awaited debut album in 2015, Canberra’s own Cracked Actor follow on from their last single ‘Lemon On Your Lover’ with this uptempo pop gem that is equally lush as it is energetic, awash with dusty guitars, delicate vocals and glitchy rhythms.

    This single features the album track Impossible Astronaut as well as versions by Mystery Plays Records label head Inch-time and acclaimed post-classical artist Sophie Hutchings (Preservation).

    Head over to the Bandcamp page to download now at no cost, one from us to you!

  2. Raus - September/October 2014

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    Created over a period of 12 months, the upcoming record LP by Raus reflects his interest in analog synths and tight sample rhythms to anchor his baritone vocals and showcase the sonic intricacies within each track.

    Working in collaboration with sound artist Reuben Ingall, label boss Shoeb Ahmad and free improvisor Andrew Fedorovitch on saxophone on LP, Raus will be joined by Yether (Luke Keanan-Brown) on drums and electronics live as they perform throughout Australia and South East Asia in September and October 2014.

    Thursday 11 September - LongPlay, Melbourne
    8pm, $10 at the door
    with Dylan Michel + Bad Ambulance

    Friday 12 September - The Bird, Perth
    8pm, $5 at the door
    with Usurper Of Modern Medicine + Mudlark

    Monday 15 September - Findars, Kuala Lumpur
    8:30pm, MYR15 at the door
    supports to be announced

    Friday 19 September - Blu Jazz Cafe, Singapore
    7pm, tickets at the door
    with Weish, Neodominatrix, Fauxe + more

    Saturday 20 September: Saffron Stanley, Hong Kong
    8pm, $50HKD at the door
    with Lantern Festival

    Thursday 9 October - Transit Bar, Canberra
    8pm, free entry
    with Cracked Actor + Primary Colours

    Saturday 18 October - 107 Projects, Sydney
    8pm, $10 at the door
    with Scissor Lock, Ollie Bown (Icarus) + Lortica

  3. Raus - LP

    After making his mark with his two singles on hellosQuare so far, Raus takes on the physical format with his debut record, simply known as LP.

    Pushing further than his initial beat scene influences with a sharp focus on strong songwriting, LP’s marriage of punchy edits and sonic detail weave the analog melodies and sampled sounds around the structures to create a beautifully textured production.

    Conceived and recorded in various spaces around Canberra before being brought to life by guitar’n’glitch musician Reuben Ingall, LP also features the saxophone sounds of free improvisor Andrew Fedorovitch (Splinter Orchestra) while label boss Shoeb Ahmad provides vinyl textures and additional production across the record.

    LP will be released in a limited edition of 100, pressed onto heavyweight black vinyl and housed in a matte colour cardboard jacket designed by Adam J Bragg with artwork from Robbie Karmel.

    Available now through our Bandcamp page for streaming and both physical and digital purchases!

  4. Sensaround - Isotropes

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    The well known Australian jazz innovator Alister Spence and the highly regarded Scottish free improvisor Raymond MacDonald come together with hellosQuare boss Shoeb Ahmad as Sensaround to create a six piece suite titled Isotropes.

    Recorded by Ahmad at his Brick Lane space in Canberra after being invited to join Spence and MacDonald as they launched their beautifully minimal duo recording ‘Stepping Between The Shadows’ along the Australian East Coast, the trio find themselves exploring limitations on instrumentation and sound ideas as these recordings explore their shared love of free improvisation, electronic music and indie pop with acoustic melodies wrapped up in wind textures, Rhodes tones and sonic detritus.

    Available now on CD through our Bandcamp page in a lovely matte finished digipak - take a listen while yr there!

  5. hellosQuare presents CONTAINER (US)with Spartak and Mornings
The BasementTuesday 12 November, 9pm$10 at the door
hellosQuare welcomes the amazing techno alchemist CONTAINER to Canberra while he tours around the country (including a stop at Sound Summit alongside Oval and Heatsick amongst others), supported by the electro-punk moodiness of Spartak and expansive heaviness of mornings. Using a simple hardware set-up, Container has brought into this world a steady stream of releases that exposes a dark heart at the core of analogue electronica today.  With two LPs released on the Spectrum Spools imprint run by John Elliott, formerly of Emeralds amongst another stack of vinyl singles and cassette releases, Container takes hold of his audiences with a punishing tension in his minimal tracks, holding a middle ground between improvised noise and underground techno - both forms which hold a special connection to the musical DIY movement.

    hellosQuare presents CONTAINER (US)
    with Spartak and Mornings

    The Basement
    Tuesday 12 November, 9pm
    $10 at the door

    hellosQuare welcomes the amazing techno alchemist CONTAINER to Canberra while he tours around the country (including a stop at Sound Summit alongside Oval and Heatsick amongst others), supported by the electro-punk moodiness of Spartak and expansive heaviness of mornings.

    Using a simple hardware set-up, Container has brought into this world a steady stream of releases that exposes a dark heart at the core of analogue electronica today.

    With two LPs released on the Spectrum Spools imprint run by John Elliott, formerly of Emeralds amongst another stack of vinyl singles and cassette releases, Container takes hold of his audiences with a punishing tension in his minimal tracks, holding a middle ground between improvised noise and underground techno - both forms which hold a special connection to the musical DIY movement.

  6. SPRING SALE - SEPTEMBER 2013

    We have started an old fashioned Spring clean here at hellosQuare HQ so everything at the hellosQuare bandcamp page is 25% off till the end of September. That includes our two new releases - ‘I’ by Tangents (CD) and ‘Circuitous’ by Té (12” LP).

    BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

    If you spend $60 or more, we’ll throw in a free CD with yr order. Simply let us know if you have one in mind when ordering or we can surprise you - it’s up to you!

  7. Té - Circuitous

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    Sydney saxophonist Andrew Brooks and Perth based sound manipulator Kynan Tan come together as Té to release Circuitous. Well regarded for their releases on the Listen/Hear Collective label (Tan’s Raetina and Brooks’ work with Melbourne based jazz outfit Motion), this album is their first as a duo, coming together in Berlin during individual extended stays in the German capital, and follows a recording made at hellosQuare’s Abstraktions series in July 2012 that was released as a limited run CDR for their Japanese tour earlier this year.

    Recorded while overseas and waiting in the wings for just over a year, this talented Australian duo create a world of deep sound, founded on a base of acoustic instrumentation (the aformentioned saxophone along with gongs and percussion) and rewired with live processes. Touching on elements of noise music as well as improvised jazz and glitch electronics in it’s aural palette, Circuitous is a must for lovers of musique concrete and dark ambient/doom drone.

    Now available for purchase through our Bandcamp page, Circuitous will be released in a limited edition run of 150 grey vinyl LPs, housed in sleeves letterpressed at Dexterity Press, Chicago.

    PLEASE NOTE: THE FIRST 10 COPIES PURCHASED RECEIVE A COPY OF TÉ’S JAPANESE TOUR EDITION CDR ‘LIVE RECORDING 28072012' - A GIFT FROM THEM TO YOU!

  8. Tangents - I

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    A collective birthed from the meeting of friends and acquaintances to catch up and hang out, Tangents is an improvised music ensemble that negotiates a post-everything mesh of styles through its genre-crossing instrumentation and collision of musical backgrounds. Featuring current and former members from acclaimed and innovative groups such as Icarus, Triosk, FourPlay String Quartet, Spartak and 3ofmillions, their unique group dynamic and explorative qualities shine through with their every move.

    Their first release, I, is a recording made live in Sydney at Megaphon Studios back in October 2010 and marks the first steps made as a group. The original recordings were edited and mixed into shape by members Ollie Bown and Peter Hollo between 2010 and 2013 before being mastered with warmth and space by Casey Rice in Melbourne.

    I marks the first CD release by hellosQuare to be housed in a unique design created by Adam J Bragg and printed by the lovely folks at Stumptown Printers out of Portland, Oregon and is now available for purchase through our Bandcamp page.

    A DIGITAL DOWNLOAD VERSION OF THIS ALBUM IS AVAILABLE THROUGH NOT APPLICABLE HERE

  9. Feet Teeth - Aphthae Epizooticae

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    Brisbane’s Feet Teeth release their first album (entitled Aphthae Epizooticae) this April after a steady run of shows over the last two years since their first demo was available. Now a trio of Joel Saunders on trumpet + laptop and Paul Young on drum kit + objects along with the addition of Kate Thomas on Commodore64 + marimba, Feet Teeth stray from their jazz improvisation origins to create a more intricate sound on these recordings, setting the influence of minimalist composition loose amongst electronic detritus.

    This release is now available from our Bandcamp page and comes in a trademark Stumptown Printers Brad! Pak (recycled brown) with two insert cards letter-pressed by Ben Owen at Middle Press.

  10. Lost Touch #1 - Outer Space (US) 270913

    hellosQuare presents LOST TOUCH #1
    Outer Space (US - Blast First Petite/Spectrum Spools)
    w/ Spartak + Central West

    Blahnket DJs and visuals by Zonkvision

    Street Theatre Foyer
    Friday 27 September, 8pm
    $15

    hellosQuare sets up shop in the the Street Theatre with Lost Touch - an ongoing series of exciting and exploratory electronics and noisy rock alternatives.

    First up is the analog synth trips of Outer Space, the solo project from John Elliott, 1/3 of the now defunct Emeralds and curator behind the awesome Spectrum Spools label.

    A wash of sweeping pads, sequenced lines and arpeggios, Outer Space expands on the synthetic language developed by the likes of Cluster/Harmonia, Ash Ra Tempel and Manuel Gottsching for the new underground, creating a physical and immersive experience for the listener.

    hellosQuare house outfit Spartak take to the stage in a one-off hardware based trio configuration, creating unheard versions of their recent singles ‘Consistence’ and ‘Catch/Control’ along with other new material while the cinematic glitch rock of Central West kicks off proceedings.

    Bringing along fellow promoters Blahnket to DJ between sets and Zonkvision to provide visual madness to the Street Theatre foyer, don’t miss out on a great night of DIY magic!

  11. Mike Cooper (UK) 050313

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    hellosQuare presents MIKE COOPER (UK)
    with Shoeb Ahmad and Reuben Ingall

    Live Super 8 projections by Louise Curham
    Smiths Bookshop
    Tuesday 5 March, 8pm
    $5

    “The icon of post-everything music” - Lawrence English (::Room40::)

    For the past 40 years Mike Cooper has traced a path completely his own as an international musical explorer, performing and recording, solo and in a number of inspired groupings and a variety of genres. With his roots lying in acoustic country blues he has, arguably, stretched the possibilities of the guitar even more than his better known contemporaries Davy Graham, Bert Jansch, John Renbourne, etc. by pursuing it into the more avant-garde musical areas also occupied by contemporary guitar innovators such as Elliott Sharp, Keith Rowe, Fred Frith and Marc Ribot. with an eclectic mix of the many styles he has practiced over the years. Ranging freely through traditional country blues, folk, original songs, free improvisation, pop songs, exotica, electronic music, electro-acoustic music, and ‘sonic gestural’ playing utilising open tunings and extended techniques.

    He is also a soundscape artist; film and video maker and composes and performs live music for classic and contemporary silent films.

    His favored instruments – his voice, a vintage 1930’s National tri-cone resophonic guitar and a handmade carbon fibre copy of the same guitar (a gift from the late Allen Timmins) both played acoustically and/or ‘treated’ through a series of digital sampling and looping devices.

    He is also a music journalist, writing features for magazines, particularly on Pacific music and musicians, a collector of Hawaiian shirts, runs his own Hipshot record imprint and appears on more records than he can remember.

    Mike will be joined on the night by Shoeb Ahmad (samplers/pedals) and Reuben Ingall (electric guitar/laptop), while Louise Curham bringing light with her super 8 projections to the warm surrounds of Smiths Bookshop.

  12. Spartak - Catch/Control Single Launch

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    Spartak - Catch/Control single launch

    with A Drone Coda and Deaf Cat

    Smiths Bookshop
    Friday 1st March, 8pm
    $5 at the door

    Canberra experimentalists Spartak have been going through a period of change since ‘Nippon’ (a collection of live improvisations from a Japanese tour) was released in October 2011 on the New Weird Australia label. Since then, they have bunkered down in their studio Brick Lane (amongst playing the odd show) and will debut the first fruits of their labour, ‘Catch/Control’ at Smiths Bookshop on Friday 1st March. Supported by post-punkers A Drone Coda and beat-smith Deaf Cat, this single anticipates Shoeb Ahmad and Evan Dorrian’s upcoming EP ‘Posessions’, their first release with new member Matt Lustri, and displays their collective foray into rhythmic grooves and indie song-craft amongst the usual electronic manipulations and tension in their music.

    Listen to the upcoming single here: https://soundcloud.com/hellosquare/spartak-catch-control

    'Catch/Control' will be available as a download from the hellosQuare bandcamp backed by remixes by Inch-time, Icarus, Reuben Ingall and Deaf Cat on March 1st 2013.

  13. Philippe Petit / Shoeb Ahmad Australia 2013

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    With a history that spans 30+ years that takes in collaborations with visonary artists such as Lydia Lunch, Justin Broadrick (Godflesh), The The, Ashley Wales (Spring Heel Jack) and Derek Jarman to sit alongside releases on esteemed labels Mute, Utech, Southern and SubRosa amongst others, renowned English soundtrack composer/songwriter Simon Fisher-Turner and French turntablist/’musical travel agent’ Philippe Petit join hellosQuare to present their first collaborative release - A Ti Dou Li Dum A Ti Dou Li Dou Ti Dé.

    A beautiful melangé of tuned strings, percussive klang and cracked tones, the stereo world found here is a clear vision of music explored from a different angle, one mined from a never-ending quest that Fisher-Turner and Petit continue with, to experiment with sound, from punk and noise rock to minimalism and electronics. 

    To celebrate the release of this album, Philippe will be coming out to Australia for the first time this January to perform improvised sets with the help of hellosQuare boss Shoeb Ahmad on electric guitar and sampler. Dates include appearances at the much loved improv dates organized by The NowNow in Sydney and MakeItUp Club in Melbourne.

    PERFORMANCES

    10 January - The NowNow Festival @ Red Rattler, Sydney www.thenownow.net

    13 January - The Bird, Perth w/ Gilded + Leaving & Craig McElhinney

    14 January - Upstairs, Brisbane w/ Joel Stern, Feet Teeth (duo) + Shooga

    15 January - MakeItUp Club @ Bar Open, Melbourne (15th Birthday Celebration Month!)

    16 January - Smiths Bookshop, Canberra w/ Pendeaux/Wild + Fedorovitch/Ingall/Wilton

    Listen/order a copy of the album from the hellosQuare bandcamp now or grab one from the shows in a few weeks time!

  14. Simon Fisher-Turner / Philippe Petit - A Ti Dou Li Dum A Ti Dou Li Dou Ti Dé

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    With a history that spans 30+ years that takes in collaborations with visonary artists such as Lydia Lunch, Justin Broadrick (Godflesh), The The, Ashley Wales (Spring Heel Jack) and Derek Jarman to sit alongside releases on esteemed labels Mute, Utech, Southern and SubRosa amongst others, renowned English soundtrack composer/songwriter Simon Fisher-Turner and French turntablist/’musical travel agent’ Philippe Petit join hellosQuare to present their first collaborative release - A Ti Dou Li Dum A Ti Dou Li Dou Ti Dé.

    A beautiful melangé of tuned strings, percussive klang and cracked tones, the stereo world found here is a clear vision of music explored from a different angle, one mined from a never-ending quest that Fisher-Turner and Petit continue with, to experiment with sound, from punk and noise rock to minimalism and electronics. 

    A Ti Dou Li Dum A Ti Dou Li Dou Ti Dé will be released 1.1.13 and is now available for pre-order at the hellosQuare Bandcamp page.

  15. My Disco

    hellosQuare is stoked to welcome back to this sleepy town our good friends MY DISCO before they head off to Europe to play a string of shows including the amazing Supersonic Festival in Birmingham, UK.

    Australia’s most enigmatic trio have recorded two new hypnotically brain-bending tracks that are inexplicably addictive, coupled with remixes from like-minded friends and world renowned artists Justin K Broadrick (Jesu, Godflesh), and rising UK post-industrial outfit Factory Floor (DFA).

    Picking up where they left off on 2010′s acclaimed Little Joy, ‘Wrapped Coast’ is post-punk clatter at its finest, like a slightly deranged bastard spawn of Boredoms and Mission of Burma. The beat has clear nods to late night dance and debauchery, making Factory Floor’s “The Michael Cliffe House Remix” a logical extension of the original.

    The b-side stretches out, showcasing one of My Disco’s strongest suits: their ability to craft mesmerizing music using space as their secret weapon. The effects are staggering, slightly creepy, and strangely seductive – made all the more so by Justin K Broadrick’s intensely sprawling remix.
    Supporting are Spartak in their recently expanded live line-up that explores minimalist electronics and micro-dub basslines coiled around tight rhythms and mysterious vocals while Golden Blonde debut new material from their recent sessions in the studio after spending recent years better known as the band Kasha, touching on the wild sounds of clipped beats, sprawling melodies and lush songwriting.

    Thursday 27th September
    ANU Bar, Canberra
    starts 8pm, $20 at the door.