A Laughing Death in Meatspace

Tropical Fuck Storm - A Laughing Death in Meatspace
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2018 Ratings: #80 / 760
User Score
Based on 346 ratings
2018 Ratings: #50
Liked by 2 people
May 4, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
TFS, Mistletone / Label
Art Punk, Noise Rock / Genres
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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
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
So, while I'm still kind of down, I wanted to review some albums I had already listened to previously I have a few albums planned (well 2). This is one of them. I listened to this a bit ago and I liked it, for the most part... For the most part.

The starting of this album is great, I love the 3 opening songs, and I like the 4th one, but it's after this point where things get a bit... dull? Songs like Soft Power and Shellfish Toxin are honestly quite dull, Shellfish Toxin especially being a ... read more
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Added on: February 2, 2018