A Laughing Death in Meatspace

Tropical Fuck Storm - A Laughing Death in Meatspace
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Based on 7 reviews
2018 Ratings: #85 / 841
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Based on 403 ratings
2018 Ratings: #48
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Tropical Fuck Storm is less Gang Of Four than they are The Pop Group, a similar level of poetic critique and takedowns packaged and delivered with unsettling and risky discord, a veritable junkyard sculpture thoughtfully constructed from punk scraps, crusty psychedelia and a rhythmic articulation of ideas bred from the spoken word.

Loud and Quiet
‘A Laughing Death in Meatspace’ is fraught, frantic, manic; the soundtrack to the last party at the end of the world. At least global Armageddon sounds good.
The Needle Drop
The debut album from this Melbourne supergroup is rife with wry political commentary and colorful post-punk arrangements.
Spectrum Culture

There’s a newfound focus on A Laughing Death in Meatspace. The Drones were an explicitly political band, but TFS is even sharper in their dissections of corruption and xenophobia in a melting world.

Throughout the record, Tropical Fuck Storm intentionally eschew formulaic song structure, relying on unconventional songwriting rather than mining pseudo-psych-rock. As a result, the sense of apocalyptic adventure is palpable; luckily, it's a joy to go along for the ride.

While not necessarily groundbreaking, A Laughing Death in Meatspace is nevertheless an intriguing debut from a group with plenty of tricks up their sleeve.

That fucking artwork is crazy, I need some Australian coke now.

At the end of 2018, I take a look in the rearview mirror, I see a very intriguing cover, "A Laughing Death In Meatspace" by Tropical Fuck Storm, this name tells me something, little search on Google, the band is composed of Gareth Liddiard and Fiona Kitschin (The Drones), Erica Dunn (Mod Con, Harmony) and Lauren Hammel (High Tension) - I admit I did not know these last 2 musicians - moreover this genius Liddiard is ... read more
10/10 band name, 10/10 album title, 10/10 album cover
This can't let me down.

EDIT: Wow holy shit it really didn't
I had no idea who Tropical Fuck Storm was before they opened for Modest Mouse and I have to confess, I was blown away. Then I listened to this album and was further blown away by their unique and wild sound that demands respect. One of the most creative albums of the past few years.
Why didn't I listen to it in 2018?
This is legitimately one of the strangest rock albums I've had the pleasure of hearing this year, and it's only cemented itself as a favorite every time I come back to it. The rough, noisy guitar and bass, the pounding precussion, and the expressive, occasionally manic vocals make for an album that's always interesting, and sometimes genuinely frightening, but somehow catchy at the same time. This is a must-listen for any rock fans, specifically those into the more experimental side of the ... read more
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Added on: February 2, 2018