‘The Beginning & End Of Cereal Killer” is the band’s first full length album to date and also their last release since 2016’s, “Demo’s EP”. The album was recorded over six weeks of tracking in the famous Geelong studios, “The Barracks”, before calling upon mastermind Mikey Young to sail his yacht across the bay and put his much practised mixing techniques into full effect. The result is mind-blowing.
Cereal Killer gained worldwide success in 2016 after their headline performances at Glastonbury and Coachella festivals where they blew away hundred’s of thousands of adorning fans and reached international stardom.
The band have not performed since 2018’s Old Bar show on August 17, in which a predicted 7,000 screaming fans crammed into the building. However, rumours of an album launch on August the 3rd this year are emerging, and tickets are predicted to sell out within the first hour of sale.
"The Beginning & End Of Cereal Killer” will be out on all digital platforms from June 28. There will also be a limited edition vinyl pressing available in Australia through Anti Fade Records and in UK/EU through Drunken Sailor Records.
"Sometimes a band’s lineup speaks for itself, but when that lineup includes members of new wave-styled synth abusers Ausmuteants, bratty garage monsters Wet Blankets and stoner riffmeisters Orb… well, you might just find yourself wondering what you’re letting yourself in for. The answer? Punk rock, dummy. Cereal Killer’s main stock-in-trade is good ol’ stoopid hardcore like Flipper used to make… or occasionally like Bl’ast used to make… or the Circle Jerks… look, point is, they make a full-pelt, full-speed-ahead racket and it’s an absolute fucking delight.
‘The Beginning And End of Cereal Killer’ is 13 tracks and 24 minutes of deliberately dumb-as-fuck old-skool hardcore. Vocals – usually shouted, often screamed, rarely sung – are drenched in distortion, while the band alternate between rickety full-throttle punk, proto-metallic breakdowns and the odd moment of palette-cleansing ambient texture. You know, the stuff that makes for a killer punk record. What’s more, it’ll make you feel like your parachute just got ripped wide open by acid rain as you hurtle towards jagged rocks below… but even more exciting than that sounds.
‘Should Punks Be Allies’, they ask, and you may idly wonder whether this is one of the big questions ‘the scene’ (whatever that is) should be posing itself. Difficult to care about stuff like that, though, when you could just stick this on your turntable and pogo a few new holes in your floor. Not sure where the cereal fits in, but this sure is killer.
Releases June 28, 2019
All songs by Cereal Killer. All artwork by Zane Gardner. Insert photograph by Jamie Wdziekonski. Recorded August 12, 2017. Mixed and mastered by Mikey 2019.