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Kitchen’s Floor
Loneliness is a Dirty Mattress

11 Track, LP (2009, R.I.P. Society)
Related: Kitchen's Floor.


This is the sound of getting smashed at noon on a lazy summer day; the sun shining through slats in closed Venetians, transient couch surfers strewn across the stinking carpet, ashtrays overflowing and beer in your hair. If Matthew Kennedy’s former band Look!Pond was the type of scream laced punk-pop that roared from bedroom doors deep in the suburbs, Kitchen’s Floor is what happens when the kids are kicked out: eager but lethargic, naive but self-assured, living on their own terms and at war with the neighbours.

This debut isn’t powered by juvenile passion alone, however. The Brisbane three-piece sound like they know exactly what they’ve set out to achieve, landing squarely in the current punk zeitgeist where high fidelity is crime and virtuosity means playing very badly very well. Kennedy’s vocals shift between bored monotone drawls and deadpan shouting, his words a tribute to the inertia of lethargy and aimlessness. You could dismiss the vocals as stream-of-consciousness guff if the mostly impressionistic phrases weren’t often punctured by vivid anxieties, such as during album closer ‘Twenty-Two’, where some apparently heavy shit is happening with a girl in her room. The tension is frighteningly palpable.

At just under 20 minutes, the album risks becoming a series of vague ideas that are never taken to their logical conclusion – riffs, melodies, textures left to bake together in the Queensland sun. It’s not all confection though. Male/female vocal harmonies collide with mulched guitar distortion during the Vaselines-esque ‘Back Home’, and ‘Lander’ sounds like an A-list Bob Pollard song played at half speed. There’s a bracing arrogance to these songs too, a self-assuredness that would grate in less capable hands. That’s the great thing about being young though, isn’t it? You’re good at fucking everything, as long as you do it like you couldn’t give a damn. Thing is, anyone could pull that shtick off with songs as good as this.

by Shaun Prescott

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Your Comments

fliegende hollander  said about 5 years ago:

This is a spectacular release.


carlos esq  said about 5 years ago:

I'm looking to pick up a copy of this in the morrow. This review has done much to whet my whistle.


alpsofmessandnoise  said about 5 years ago:

best band in australia right now and best record this year


honkfink  said about 5 years ago:

Ah yes, this does sound good once I found a functional stereo.. BTW it's a CD.


dogsvscats  said about 5 years ago:

been listening to this alot, it's really good. kept walking around the house last night yelling 'I AM IN A ROOM!'


shaun  said about 4 years ago:

This is now available on LP through Bedroom Suck records.


kazpatafta  said about 4 years ago:

Just ordered the LP.

Look forward to singing along to Twenty-Two on vinyl :)


Hellzapoppin  said about 4 years ago:

I'm really starting to enjoy this album. I feel I'd fucking hate it live though.


kazpatafta  said about 4 years ago:

Record arrived. Such a good album.

I've seen them be both really boring and really great live, Hellza


Hellzapoppin  said about 4 years ago:

I'll take the punt, the album just gets better for me each day.


kazpatafta  said about 4 years ago:

Vinyl only cost 18 bucks including postage. Bargain of the year


Hellzapoppin  said about 4 years ago:

Mine cost me nothing..


kazpatafta  said about 4 years ago:

Ooo la la


Hellzapoppin  said about 4 years ago:

No that was ya mums line.


kazpatafta  said about 4 years ago:

She's more a Look!Pond kinda gal.


Hellzapoppin  said about 4 years ago:

Mmmmm squishy.


timscottt  said about 4 years ago:

fantastic band. when is the next melbourne jaunt?


kazpatafta  said about 4 years ago:

Mmmmm squishy.

That's what she sa...

Oh wait, fuck!


Hellzapoppin  said about 4 years ago:

Oh wait, fuck!

Is that Look!Pond's new band name?


kazpatafta  said about 4 years ago:

BAM! Festival!

No seriously, Oh wait, fuck! are playing BAM! 2011


Hellzapoppin  said about 4 years ago:

Awesome VIP TENT!


NP  said about 4 years ago:

great album!
get it now at www.nopatience.org/store


jesus ate my baby!  said about 3 years ago:

You can preorder the second album on CD or vinyl over here: http://bedroomsuckrecords.com/welcome/

Really excited.


semblance  said about 3 years ago:

funny I really like this band when I saw em live @ bar open last year. I actually bought this CD but I've never listened to it. strange. I guess I like my mattress to be clean. Nah I just frogot about playing the bloody thing now all my CDs are in storage sold all my best ones to gamble I think. Bright idea 'semblance'. wish I still had the two drones albums, and the scul hazzards that one really kicks freakin arse. I wonder if Gaslight Radio are still together. Got that 2000 album of there's played it staright away. Weird. Typing like a spastic


jesus ate my baby!  said about 3 years ago:

Like this band / I like this band / like my mattress to be clean
bright idea / bright idea / mattress to be clean


semblance  said about 3 years ago:

I'm sorry I'm not down with how the Scene works mate. And I'm sorry but I really don't give a fuck about scumbag stoner drunk wannabe bands even if my brother is in it.
stick it up yr arse! It was 5am in the morning....


semblance  said about 3 years ago:

and all you did was repeat certain phrases out of context. Very clever. get a fucking life


semblance  said about 3 years ago:

sorry mate been overreacting badly lately,,i can be moody bastard don't know why some times.....:-(


turkey_sandwich  said about 3 years ago:

what the hell is wrong with you semblance? you're making little sense at best..


turkey_sandwich  said about 3 years ago:

by the way it's a really good album.


KITCHENSFLOOR  said about 3 years ago:

September/October album launch tour:

Fri Sep 30 - Red Rattler, Sydney
Sat Oct 1 - Sound Summit, Newcastle
Sun Oct 2 - The Phoenix, Canberra
Thurs Oct 6 - Worker's Club, Melbourne
Fri Oct 7 - The Grand Poobah, Hobart
Sat Oct 8 - Format, Adelaide
Sun Oct 9 - The Metro, Adelaide
Sat Oct 15 - Woodland, Brisbane

Most shows are with Scraps - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXn9zV-OMTc

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=260716123941196


rawr  said about 3 years ago:

excellent.


dazmurray  said about 3 years ago:

I've heard the new record and I can tell you it's probably the best thing outta Brisbane this year.


ghoti-max  said about 3 years ago:

o rly?

Pretty excited to hear it!


electricsound  said about 2 years ago:

new album out today. it's really, really good.


tugboat  said about 2 years ago:

Should I take my friends, visiting from Hong Kong, to see them?


memphis  said about 2 years ago:

i would highly recommend it, just saw them here and they are just finishing up a US tour so they really have it together. plus, the new lp is really great


ghoti-max  said about 2 years ago:

Picked up the record from Repressed a couple of weeks ago and think it's great...should be at Red Rattler on Friday. Anyone?


rawr  said about 2 years ago:

Anyone?

Will be there!


dazmurray  said about 2 years ago:

Collapse board have a review of the new record.


dazmurray  said about 2 years ago:

[(http://www.collapseboard.com/brisbane/kitchen%e2%80%99s-floor-%e2%80%93-look-forward-to-nothing-siltbreeze/)]


dazmurray  said about 2 years ago:

blah, this linking system doesnt work very well here...http://www.collapseboard.com/brisbane/kitchen%e2%80%99s-floor-%e2%80%93-look-forward-to-nothing-siltbreeze/


unvisible  said about 2 years ago:

history  said about 2 years ago:

anyone know what time they're playing at the workers tonight?


blake3030  said about 2 years ago:

I heard

WK 9
Scraps 10
KF 11


unvisible  said about 2 years ago:

Scraps is great. Don't be late.

Wow, that rhymes.


dazmurray  said about 2 years ago:

unvisible said 1 hour ago:
link

Thank.


dazmurray  said about 2 years ago:

...and scraps is great (her music anyway, never seen her live)


anonymous  said about 2 years ago:

anyone see the newie for sale in melbourne?


moth  said about 2 years ago:

^ missing link had copies when I went in a couple of days ago.


alpsofmessandnoise  said about 2 years ago:

on it as usual in newie the other night. don't fuck it up, go see em play


Hellzapoppin  said about 2 years ago:

Superb show tonight. One of the best bands I've seen over the last few years.


electricsound  said about 2 years ago:

really good, and felt too short, which is something that almost never happens..


Hellzapoppin  said about 2 years ago:

It was quite a long set for them. The masking tape song took up a good 30 seconds.


ghoti-max  said about 2 years ago:

It was an incredibly short set they played at the Red Rattler...I think, I wasn't all there...but it was very abrupt. Great show...really like the drummer in that band, and the guitar tone is very, very cool also.


Hellzapoppin  said about 2 years ago:

The drummer is grand, has that floppy rolling thing going on which I like.


memphis  said about 2 years ago:

kitchen pot?


Hellzapoppin  said about 2 years ago:

Yep, gaffa taped to the kick drum.


memphis  said about 2 years ago:

joe does bedroom suck records and was also up in the states playing drums with slug guts last year, just got the scraps record he's putting out and it's another winner along with the per purpose 12''


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Tracklisting
  • 1.   Ground
  • 2.   Lander
  • 3.   Left
  • 4.   Deadshits
  • 5.   Back Home
  • 6.   Downed It
  • 7.   Dishes
  • 8.   Woollens
  • 9.   Failure
  • 10.   Sparkles
  • 11.   Twenty-Two
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