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SHITFEST

The time has for the BOSMC to take a breather. We are going on hiatus for an indeterminate length of time due to personal reasons but are gonna make sure we go out with a bang. SHITFEST is what we have organised as a way of saying “seeyah later, thanks for the drinks and good times.” We’ve organised some of our favourite bands to play a special gig on Australia Day at our home away from home, The Tote.

Playing on the day will be The Gooch Palms, Cut Sick!, Batpiss, Hierophants, Gentlemen, A.D. Skinner and The Pink Tiles. We’ll also be joined by DJ Homeless (Richie Ramone) and DJ Lex Dev (Dave Lang) who will be spinning obnoxious tunes from their bottomless pits of record collections. There will be free food, crate diggers stalls and plenty of merch to buy. I am also putting together a special compilation cassette for sale on the day featuring exclusive tracks from all the bands that appear on the bill. It’s gonna be a cracker!

So, if you don’t manage to make it down to the Tote on this special day, I’ll take this opportunity to say “Cheers!”. It’s been a fun time. We’ve met heaps of awesome people, played with some amazing bands and achieved a great deal more than I ever thought we would when we decided to call the band Bits of Shit all those years ago. Thanks to everyone that has helped us out over the years – I’m not going to name names for fear of leaving someone out – and stay true to yourselves.

This is not necessarily a good-bye but a see you later. Much later.

The Prez

MANCHES COUPEES

Casbah brickThe French pressings of Cut Sleeves have arrived! This means that all you Eurotrash members of the BOSMC can pick up our longplayer for a reasonable price, and that’s gotta be good for everyone, oui! The record has been put out by Casbah Records in conjunction with Dangerhouse Skylab. It looks and sounds magnifique!

There are a few minor changes to the artwork but the recordings are the same as on the Homeless release. We changed the stickers in the middle of the record. The lyrics are now printed on the vinyl pocket instead of a separate sheet and, of course, the band name and album title are written in French down the spine as well as in Australian. It also comes with a download, but not one of those pesky cards. Casbah has opted for a sticker on the shrinkwrap with the code on it which we like.

If you Aussies want one we have a limited number we will be selling at gigs. If you contact us we could probably organise postage as well…for our rural members. Prices will be the same as the local release.

Viva la difference!

Viva la punk rock!

Viva la Morceaux de Merde!

Up-ya-date

Some new records have landed and we’ve been having a good time flogging them off. The Total punk seven sounds sick. Came out real well. Short blasts that I hope y’all will appreciate. You should be able to get it through Floridas Dying – there’s a link on our links page. We can’t sell you any as we have pretty much sold them all at gigs.

The Matador seven is with us now too and if you want a copy of that you can contact me through the blog. Three tracks and they came out nice. Slick artwork by Lauzbot too but I feel like a shitheel for not crediting her on the sleeve. What an asshole.

We also have some backpatches available if you want one. They’ll be about $10 ppd local, $15 for international customers. Once again, contact me through the blog and look sharp.

merch patch

The French version of Cut Sleeves is being pressed as I write this and will hopefully be available for Chrissy. It’s pretty much the same as the domestic release but does have a few minor artwork and label changes that completists need to get on top of. I’ll let you know how much it will be when it arrives. It has been produced by a new label called Dangerhouse Skylab in conjunction with Casbah Records.

Apart from that, life goes on. We have a new government here in Australia, which sucks. George Bush stand-in, Tony Abbott has been elected Prime Minister and he has all the media support he needs via Rupert Murdoch. It truly is a dark time. A propaganda campaign worthy of the Nazis. I’m hoping that most of the pricks that voted for this guy because they wanted change will realise that not all change is good. Sometimes it’s better just to tweak an existing model. Anyway, we’re stuck with this paranoid jerk for a while and will surely be embarrassed on the International stage because of it.

We have played a few rocking local gigs and have a few more to look forward to. We did a couple of mini tours to Hobart and Sydney which were a blast. Good people, great times, but I’m too lazy to write about them here.

The Prez.

Keep on keeping on

Sunday May 12, 2013

Got some new rekkids in the pipeline which we’re really excited about.

The first is a “Singles going home alone” singles club release on Matador Records. That’s right. We’re gonna be rubbing shoulders with, or sharing a bargain bin with some of the World’s indie heavyweights. Kurt Vile, Catpower, Pavement, Bits of Shit. It makes perfect sense when you think about it. (Don’t think too hard) Anyway, bullshit aside, this record is due for release later this month. We’ve recorded three songs for it, and if you’re not a member of the club, I don’t know how you’ll be able to get it. We’ll have a few to sell so your best bet is to catch us at a gig. The cover was drawn by the amazing Lauzbot. Get onto her Tumblr page. It’s good shit.

The other single is two songs we recorded for Total Punk, a really good DIY label out of Florida. This should be due for release real soon. The test pressing is on the way and I can’t wait to hear how it sounds. You’ll be able to order it through Repressed¬†locally, I think, or go to Florida’s Dying to get all of their stuff. I highly recommend this label, and Florida’s Dying, for all your Punk Rock vinyl essentials.

We are also involved in the Anti-Fade Records¬†release “New Centre of The Universe – Volume 2”. We’ve got a live version of “F” on it. There are some launch nights planned for this in August in Geelong and in Melbourne. Excellent label, excellent people.

We’ve been pretty sluggish lately due to outside influences, but are keen to get onto the gigging circuit again soon. Hopefully we’ll get to New South Wales in the near future (July) and we’re planning on heading to Tassie later that month with our buddies, Batpiss. Check out the Upcoming gigs page for more details. Also, the Links page has been updated and worth a look. There’s some good stuff on it now and I’ll try and update it as often as I can be arsed.

Stay Gold,

BOSMC

Ad nauseum

USA! USA! USA!

Hey shitheads, we’re back in Oz from our funfilled trip to the United States of America. It was a good time. Good people. Good shows. Good food – well, most of it. I’ll give you some more details when I can find the time and get motivated enough to write it all down. I’m hoping to write up a tour diary so I can give y’all a blow-by-blow description of our week down south. In the meantime, check up on us on The Facebook.

Here are some snaps taken by a guy called Icki. It was at our first gig in San Francisco. Fresh off the plane from a 20 hour flight we went guitar shopping then played this gig. It was the first time I had ever really played this guitar – as with Eli – but the gig was awesome.

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, TAKE OFF!

It’s launch time and it’s gonna be great. We’ve got some solid line-ups and we’re really looking forward to playing these shows. If you’re in town, make sure you come on down. Not just to see us, but also for the supports. It is also your only chance to snaffle one of those sweet blue vinyl copies of the new record.

Also, for a taster, tune in to 3PBS.FM on Wednesday night – around 8pm. We’re gonna be playing live on Big Kevin Lobotomy’s iconic radio program “Shock Treatment”. It’s an honour and a privilege to be doing this and we are psyched!

Stay brown

It’s landed

Well, the moment that we’ve been waiting for is finally here. Bits of Shit’s debut, full length LP has arrived – and we’re pretty happy with it. Looks good, feels good, is good. I don’t wanna go on about it too much but I’m glad that it is in my hands at last…and doesn’t totally suck.

We’re playing a couple of launch nights in August. Check the “Upcoming Gigs” page for details. Blue vinyl will only be made available at these nights (except for a few that snuck on down to Memphis via The Easter Bilby) so I apologise to out-of-towners and people that are unable to attend either of these nights. I know – elitist pricks – I get it. Anyway, there are only 500 of these things so get in fast. They also come with a download, lyric sheet and that sweet Rona Green artwork on the front. Track ’em down through “Homeless Records” on Fakebook or Goner Records.

The other good news is that The Shitters are going to the USA. The original impetus for this was hopping on the Gonerfest bill – a festival run out of Memphis, Tennessee based around the Goner Record store. Lotsa good toons and quality company. Anyway, we decided to make a micro tour out of the whole thing. We’re gonna start in San Fran, head South through Austi and New Orleans, play Memphis, head to DC and finish up in Noo Yawk Citay. I’ll give y’all more details later, but it’s gonna bostastic.

Another event we’re looking forward to is playing live to air on 3PBS-FM. It’s gonna happen on Wednesday the 1st of August around 8 o’clock in the PM. If you’re not a local you can probably listen to the podcast via the interweb. I’ll set up a link once it happens.

Anyway, I’d better go. Sorry it’s been so long between drinks. I’ll have more for you soon.

Stay Brown,

Prez

a LONG player will arrive…eventually.

Alright motherfuckers. We have been working, and working, on getting this goddamned record finished, and we’re nearly there. I’m catching up with label head honcho, Richie Ramone, and layabout guru, Onya Rigid Stabber, tomorrow! YEAH!

The artwork is done. The recording is done. The mastering is done. It’s time to put it all together and ship it off to Pirates Press so we can get on with our lives.

The cover artwork has been drawn by the incredibly talented and stylish Rona Green. The back cover has been shot by Bits of Shit legacy member Cimony Vanderpol. All other artwork has been done by the BOSMC new original 4. So, even if you think it sounds like shit, you cannot say that it looks shit!

I’m excited about this record. it’s coming out in glorious 12″ vinyl with the first 100 on limited edition denim blue. It features 13 songs, a lyric sheet/insert and download code! Hopefully you’ll see it early to mid June.

Anyway, due to all this anxiety, we are taking a breather. We’re playing a couple of shows in May and then resting up until July. If you’re in town, come and check it out. The line-ups are solid and the gigs are just getting more and more fun. Checkout the Upcoming Gigs page for more details.

Adios for now,

The Prez

All Good in the Wood

Bits of Shit headlined their first festival a couple of weekends ago and it was a blast! The event was organised by the lovely folk at Broken Glass Records – a new record store that only stocks local releases. It’s located on Johnson Street just down from the Tote and Anchor BMX.

The festival was called ALL GOOD IN THE WOOD referring to CollingWOOD which is where it was happening. It was kind of like an urban guerilla type of thing. The first band started in the backyard of Anchor BMX, then we moved to Broken Glass, then to someone’s backyard and so on. Two bands usually played at each spot so we were able to clear out before the cops cleared US out. By the time we got to the second last house where the fabulous Spinning Rooms charged the crowd the vibe was very high indeed. It felt like the house was gonna burn down. Electric!

Anyway, we all mosied down to the last house. A share house of immense proportions and history. Hotel Wrecking City Traders had their set cut short due to the lateness of the event which was running slightly behind schedule and had to finish by 9pm. This meant Bits of Shit only had about 15 minutes to play. That was plenty of time. Check out the video below to see what it was like. Click the link – I’ve forgotten how to add Youtube videos.

All Good in the Wood

This is coming up too. Get on down.