The Stabs - Dirt

The Stabs – Dirt

Release date: 17th May, 2013
Limited edition of 400 copies

Vinyl LP + download code



After forming ten years ago, The Stabs, didn’t so much burst onto any scene, they burst dramatically all over several. Despite the band’s best intentions, they quickly developed a notoriety for violence, both musical and literal. Driven by a perfectionism that they felt was lost on their audience, shows often exploded into a masochistic orgy of self-destruction. The band’s frustration at their own perceived shortcomings causing damage to equipment and eardrums, whilst audience members cheered in the false assumption that The Stabs were intentionally about the spectacle of discordance, implosion, self-loathing, ataxia, drug abuse, and danger music.

Heroically, the members of the band staid the course, desperate to prove that their musical vision was sound (double entendre intended). Within a few years, the band managed to turn their reputation from disastrous train wreck to world-class exponents of a uniquely Australian form of rock music, that curious entanglement of punk, blues, noise, and swamp pioneered by bands such as The Scientists, Birthday Party, and Lubricated Goat.

Having made their point on stages across Australia, The Stabs took to the world stage from 2006, playing throughout the United States alongside Mudhoney, Lubricated Goat and numerous other acts, even once appearing in Taiwan on a festival stage headlined by Placebo and Tricky. They were Mick Harvey’s pick for the inaugural ATP at Mt Buller. Unbeaten and undiminished, The Stabs impressed all-comers with their tight devotion to ear-splitting intensity…

And songs.

Unlike many groups which have preceded and followed, this band have always been a songs-based act. Underneath quivering slabs of feedback, the gut-wrenching rumble of bass, and punishing percussion, an almost incongruous pop sensibility still manages to emerge.

With the release on vinyl of The Stabs first two full-length albums, this is what listeners can expect. Equal parts sonic bliss and aural castigation. Putting their days of wanton chaos and self-sabotage far behind them, and with the assistance of Homeless Records, 2006’s Dirt and 2009’s Dead Wood are available for the first time on The Stabs preferred format, black vinyl. With this double release, The Stabs are proud to announce that they are not dead (once again, double entendre intended). The Stabs have done their penance, now it’s up to you – punish yourself!

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Reviews of Dirt

“In the tradition of Australian noise punk bands like Lubricated Goat and Venom P Stinger, the Stabs presented an ugly but rockin’ excursion into torment and paranoia. Along with bands like Deaf Wish and Witch Hats they came to epitomise the infamous Pony Bar 2am spot. Loose, inebriated and wild.”
Three Thousand

“Past hyperbole makes these words seem hollow perhaps, and I’ll admit I’ve cried hype as much as anyone regarding the present-day Aussie crop, but I can only stress that The Stabs on record should warm the cockles of even the most strident anti-modern-rockists who still pledge allegiance to the monsters of Aussie rock. A band that sounds like they really lived it hard, just like their forefathers. The future is unknown, which does make for a possible happy ending as well. 400 copies each, which should be just enough to sate a majority of true believers and leave pretenders and pussyfooters wondering what just happened.”
Terminal Boredom

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