Boomkat Product Review:
Matthew P. Hopkins and Chris Schueler were Vincent Over the Sink and 22 Coloured Bull-Terriers was their 23-track opus.
Another Dark Age close 2015 with a very necessary first vinyl reissue of a cult DIY pop oddity from Southern Australia circa 2008, finally brought to light in our hemisphere and not-to-be-missed by fans of Mick Hobbs/Officer!, F Ingers, or early Flying Nun Records.
Originally released in a minuscule edition of 50 to 100 tapes (even the artist can’t remember exact numbers), the wistful, psychedelic song craft of Matthew P. Hopkins and Chris Schueler’s self-released debut LP 22 Coloured Bull-Terriers was anomalous to the noisy and punkish scene surrounding Sydney and Melbourne at its time of conception.
Bottling 23 backyard-pop vignettes ranging from mumbled spoken word accounts to smudged instrumentals and keening no wave clatter, it haunts, jokes and idly drifts with a mercurial nature enhanced by the tracks’ brief lifespans and almost paranormal states.
They are like poltergeist paeans played out on organs, cheap guitars and tape machines and caught on surreptitiously placed microphones which seem to capture t as-it-happened, rendering standouts moments such as the possessed voices and hypnagogic strums of I Found A Genie or the smoke-curl dirge-pop of Mektoub and Mrs S & Mrs H, and Broken Down Finger’s gently wigged-out murmurs and washed-out coastal samples.
Best of all, it feels like a stoned, lo-fi summer holiday hanging with somebody else’s mates, attuning yourself to their sense of humour and haphazard, pick-up-and-play recording schedule.
A real charmer.