Track Premiere: Primitive Calculators ‘Cunt Life’
News posted Thursday, August 16 2012 at 11:00 AM.
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More than three decades after their debut, Melbourne synth-punk Icons Primitive Calculators are now working on their first-ever album to be cut in a studio. In the meantime, though, comes the new 7” Sick/Cunt, pairing the new A-side ‘Sick of Myself’ with ‘Cunt Life’, a song from 1977 originally performed by pre-Primitive Calculators band The Moths. Mildly shocking title aside, ‘Cunt Life’ is an infectious three-minute burner that explores the various, um, holes in our daily lives over a gnashing, throbbing backdrop.
Recorded by Melbourne personality Julian Wu and mixed and mastered by Casey Rice, the single comes out Sept. 7 on Chapter Music. Primitive Calculators reformed in 2009 to play that year’s Nick Cave-curated Australian ATP. Since then they’ve toured nationally with U.S. legends Lightning Bolt and performed at Old Melbourne Gaol for Melbourne Music Week (as pictured). Still, this single is the first newly recorded material from the band since a brief 1986 reunion.
Coming next year are vinyl reissues of Primitive Calculators’ classic self-titled live album and very first single on the French label Desire. Chapter reissued the band’s 1979 live recordings on CD in 2004 and compiled the first single with 1979’s Little Bands EP and more for 2007’s Primitive Calculators And Friends.