Deluxe 2CD mediabook version of the 2020 Partial re-recording and remix of the band's celebrated 2009 debut studio album.
With CD of unreleased tracks, including the new single 'Technicolour Afterlife' (written in 2004), and the unreleased 'lost' epic 'The Life not Taken' recorded in 2020 and 2021 by the band's current line-up; and live tracks recorded across the world throughout the band's career.
With full sleeve notes by the band and photography and design by the band's long term collaborator, Tim Neill.
Includes unlimited streaming of 230503 (Deluxe Anniversary Edition)
via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
In the 1990's and early 2000's, the Annandale is Sydney was a legendary venue that almost every band aspired to play as it was the launchpad for many of Australia's most celebrated artists.
Anubis, of course, was no exception and when we finally got our chance to play the venue on May 16th 2010, performing '230503' in full to an enthusiastic audience, it was always going to be a memorable show.
We had debuted the piece in full a month earlier in a well received but technically disastrous performance that had the distinction of being Dean's first performance with the group. This is his second show as a member of Anubis. The show was made even more memorable for being invited to join the fledgling Bird's Robe Records roster by Mike Solo backstage; with him committing to take on and work the follow up album that we were by then fairly deeply immersed in.
This show was not only the last time we performed the whole 70 minute album as a full piece but also the final show before we started introducing material later to be released on 'A Tower of Silence'.
The performance itself has long been, in my view, one of early Anubis' best shows and has some really strong moments. Like many of the earliest Anubis shows, we had been influenced by the power and chaos of bands like The Mars Volta and that energy and influence filters through the performance here, resulting in a much more raw, loud and aggressive performance with some unpredictable twists and turns.
Listening now, there are moments in 'The Bond of Mutual Distrust' which sound like a vastly different band to the one that exists now; and in fairness, it was powered by a totally different mindset. Looking back, it does have a charm that's unique and unlike anything on our later official live records.
The audio was multi-tracked on the night to a primitive 16 track digital recorder with sync problems, straight out from the desk. The sound guy that night did not mic Steve's kit properly and as such the only cymbals that made it into the mix comes from a room mic - which means the audio had to go out warts and all. No fixing, tricking or overdubbing anything. Anubis goes punk. Between Dougie and I, we've done enough surgery to mix and master the show in order to make it sound reasonably listenable and a decent representation of what the show might have sounded like, but it's by no means a definitive live document of Anubis.
Even so, all of us agree that this recording evokes heavy nostalgia and is a tangible reminder of a time not so long ago where playing to big crowds in Europe or Japan or to any of you would have seemed little more than a far-fetched teenage fantasy.
A silver pendant's just the gift
To show you how I feel
It shows you I'm committed
and my feelings are for real
It's hot in here, I need some air
Not much inside this room
I know it's cold, I'll be OK
I'll come back very soon
You take a dive and realise
it's colder than you thought
You cannot breathe, your legs are numb
Your clothes have gotten caught
You fight to rise for air but find
That everything is screwed
She calls your name, you realise
There's nothing you can do
supported by 31 fans who also own “Breaking Water (Official Bootleg - Live at the Annandale, Sydney, May 2010)”
BBT are standard bearers for modern prog, with a sound that evokes the spirit of those legendary 70s bands whilst managing to also be thoroughly contemporary. It's astonishing that over 30 minutes of music of this quality, with such high production values, is being made available for free - and their full albums are also very reasonably priced... Eleventh Earl of Blah
supported by 30 fans who also own “Breaking Water (Official Bootleg - Live at the Annandale, Sydney, May 2010)”
Whilst delivering well crafted music, unless you focus on the lyrics, you could miss the story lines. This is the last of the war trilogy, so subtle ,but so poignant. Superb music with broken road and Holding On ,on permanent repeat. Listen and become enthralled. Top quality song writing and musicianship.10/10