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A new book rubs up against the Australian music industry's "ugly underground"

He's been a vocalist/guitarist with "fucked up" Brisbane bands Slug Guts and White Hex, now Jimi Kritzler has funnelled his knowledge of Australia's "ugly underground" into a new fanzine-y book. The musicians quizzed include the Drones, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, UV Race, Circle Pit, HTRK, Royal Headache, Kirin J Callinan, Straightjacket Nation, Deaf Wish, Fabulous Diamonds, Songs, Witch Hats, Ooga Boogas, Total Control, My Disco, Devastations, True Radical Miracle, Panel of Judges, Twerps, Dick Diver – so essentially Kritzler gives a voice to those artists marginalised by the mainstream. There are a lot of road-weary, poverty-stricken tales of of the industry's underbelly, and Kritzler manages to strike a good balance between finding the romance in it all and capturing a scene in all its intensity.

Published by Melbourne Books, May 1

Updated on 7 Apr 2014.

By Jenny Valentish   |  

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