Release date: 29th September, 2014
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Yes I’m Leaving have been bubbling away in the suburbs for a few years, releasing three LP’s and perfecting an intense live show that is something akin to a sonic melting pot of Scratch Acid and Big Black. The band’s rhythm section, comprised of bassist David Cook and drummer Anthony Boyer, create a brutal steamroller that serves as the perfect platform to aid Billy Burke’s thrashing guitar and borderline tortured vocal delivery. Not since the days of Stu Spasm’s Lubricated Goat has Sydney seen such an intriguing mix of noise and menace.
“Sydney is a tangled mess. A cesspool that breeds frustration and a deep-rooted sense of self-hate and negativity. Professor Max Easton recently described the city as “a shotgun blast of confused city planning, a litigious wasteland, a city perpetually let down by its overlords and rendered self-sufficient by necessity”. The little ruffian has never been so correct. Over my thirty-odd years dwelling in this convict town I’ve witnessed countless proposed improvements that would genuinely increase the comfort level of the city’s population discarded as overly ambitious or too costly or slightly disruptive to a solitary segment. We’re dragged down into a martyrdom, defeatist existence, the same stance of the politicians and law-makers we despise. It’s someone else’s fault. It would never work in Sydney. We just love fighting against our habitat.
While, surely an unintentional result (and more than likely only interpreted as such by the author of this review), Yes I’m Leaving have created a record that affectionally defines it’s environmental context. It’s the ugly truth. The real Sydney that I lovingly admire. A city that exists — and survives — mostly undocumented, somewhere well beyond the propped-up, fake beauty that we present to the outside world. This album is a reflection of the uncertainty of city’s residents, their insecurities, and, above all, their habitual anxiety. Mission Bulb is a confusingly conflicting mess, a complex balance of celebration and resentment, apathy and emotion, confidence and indecisiveness, frankness and unhinged disarray, immediacy and chaos. All characteristics I love and hate of this city, that grinds through a single day at a time, unsure of it’s next move, yet staunchly starring down it’s future.”
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Reviews of Slow Release
“YIL did a record called Mission Bulb in 2013, and another one called Slow Release in 2014. In that time, they learned to incorporate influences more seamlessly, moving from a Birthday Party-style “Original Wildman” band with early Nirvana moments of heavy rhythmic slam to a band that dialed back the obvious signposts and track lengths into something more intensely focused on movement and ballistics of their sound. Mission Bulb has great moments (“Hey! My Soul Will Heal” has been rattling around my bones for a while now) but Slow Release has more of them, a better drum sound, and more room in their sound for the band to get louder without saturating things – now they are like a version of that Canadian band METZ that aren’t embarrassing to those who’ve actually been around the block a couple of times, aren’t ashamed to admit that it probably takes them hours, not days/weeks/months, to work out roughly the same sort of song. As a workaday noise rock band, YIL is the type that will blindside those not expecting their approach, as I’m told they did during their recent U.S. tour, and there’s real value in that. They don’t bother concealing their accents, either, yelling on “Puncher” like many Pittsburghers talk to one another (“Leave me awn mai oaauuuun!”), to where it feels like we’re getting exactly what they want to be giving us as listeners. I don’t see a lot of room for posturing or error in these circumstances, and feel comfortable in saying that this is a band that doesn’t wish to bullshit us. Someone lift them up, drop them into controlled situations and watch chaos blossom.”
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