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  • 2023-04-14

    Listen to ABS Take 5 Podcast

    There are some quotes from it

    The Cup of Pestilence.

    But what does that word pestilence actually mean?

    I always say it was from a song that never made the album, but the actual idea of The Cup of Pestilence kind of goes back a little further, doesn't it? It does. It was an awful night. At year 2000, New Year's Eve, I think we played Falls Festival and our manager, and I think maybe our drummer was there. Various people. Old guitarist was there. And at some point in the evening, there was basically all the leftover alcohol in the building was put into one ornate vessel that was then named The Cup of Pestilence and passed around with predictable results.

    Anyway, and I think at one point it might have gone off a balcony and nearly killed someone. Anyway, that's another story we're going to get into that. At some point when it came to naming the record, I wanted to call the record Escape from the Vegetable Cult, which is what I've been trying to do in my vegetable co-op in the inner west of Sydney. However, I was voted down and The Cup of Pestilence...

    I Think My Neighbour Is Planning To Kill Me

    That was a song that was like two albums old and Jason used to play it acoustically. We played acoustically together but could never make it work on the album. And then I had this idea of like, when we play it acoustically, it kind of goes in all these different tempos and changes and stuff. So I kind of combined that and added it to the fast version of the song. And it's got like, there's like three or four key changes and tempo changes. Like that is, in Frenzal Rhomb standards, that is an epic prog-rock song that goes for two and a half minutes.

    Dog Tranquilizer

    You know, on this record, we've got something like Dog Tranquiliser, for example. One of my neighbours gets all his valium from his vet. He's got a pretty big dog, so it's all about the dose sort of ratio.

    Laneway Dave

    Laneway Dave is a real person. Beautiful man.

    Horse Meat

    It is about a tour manager. A man of extremes who went from being very vegan, and when he broke edge, we were in Japan and he decided to eat raw horse meat with a raw quail egg cracked on top.

    How To Make A Gravox?

    I'll just say that this is one of those songs where the title comes and I would even say the t-shirt design comes and is locked away before the actual song is written. And we do a few of those where sometimes it doesn't quite make it to the song stage, but this one thankfully did make it to the song stage.

    And you can hear at the start of Gravox, Jason trying to work out the riffs.

    Writing concept

    Once you come up with the concept, then hopefully it's easy enough to make it into a song. But as we were saying before, we wrote 60 demos and a lot of them were good lyric ideas with unrealised songs or vice versa. Yeah. There's nothing harder than trying to cram a half-decent lyric idea into sort of an existing rhythm. We do it occasionally, but generally it's like we write... So the songs on the album that I've written are pretty much just I wrote them and made Jason sing them. And for the ones that he wrote, he pretty much wrote all of the bits, even like the guitar solo generally, he just said, play with this, but play it better.

    Deathbed Darren

    But for, like, there's this beautiful song, Death Bed Darren. And it's a guy that we weren't really friends with and he kind of was not like, he wasn't in the community but then he got really sick and Jason became one of the sort of best friends with him. In fact, maybe like he's one of his only friends towards the end of his life. Yeah.

    And it's a pretty beautiful song. And I was like at the time going, really? Okay. Oh, wow. And I was like, oh, turns out Jason's quite nice.

  • 2023-04-09

    Drum covers page was added.

    Guitar lessons page was updated with the entire The Cup Of Pestilence album from the Lindsay's facebook stream.

    Videos page was updated with "Billy Bob's Frenzal Rhomb interview with Lindsay McDougall".

  • 2023-03-24

    Are you ready to rock out to some new punk rock tunes? Look no further than Frenzal Rhomb's latest album, The Cup Of Pestilence!

    This Australian punk rock band is back and better than ever with their tenth studio album, set to release on April 7th. With catchy riffs, fast-paced drums, and raw, energetic vocals, The Cup Of Pestilence is sure to get your blood pumping and your head banging.

    Featuring 19 new tracks, Frenzal Rhomb delivers a punk rock sound that's both classic and fresh.

    Whether you're a die-hard fan or a newcomer to the punk rock scene, The Cup Of Pestilence is an album you won't want to miss. So mark your calendars and get ready to rock out with Frenzal Rhomb!

    Pre-order here

    Here if you're not in Australia

  • 2022-11-29

    Videos page was updated with 720p music videos. Disappointment, Mum Changed The Locks, I Miss My Lung, Go Frenzal Go!, Never Had So Much Fun, Coming Home, Bucket Bong, Ballchef.
    Also check the limited edition bonus VHS tape that came with "A Man's Not a Camel" in 1999.

  • 2022-11-28

    Band page was updated

  • 2022-11-23
  • 2022-06-30

    Dive into their career on The Frenzal Rhomb J Files.

  • 2022-06-29

    Archive page was added with stuff from Doc's diary and blog.

  • 2022-06-28

    Photos page was updated.

  • 2022-06-27

    Guitar lessons was updated with some songs from the streams. My Dearest Friend, Back To The Suburbs, Alvarez, Snouts In The Trough, Metrognome, When My Baby..., Waiting for a postman, Food court, Cocksucker, I Hate My Brain

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