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Tempered II Journal Launch: Panels and Performances

  • Monster Mouse Studios 21 Maude Lane Marrickville, NSW, 2204 Australia (map)

Join us on Sunday February 11th at Monster Mouse Studios (21 Maude Lane, Marrickville) for a series of panel discussions and performances by members of Sydney's underground music community and contributors to the second volume of the TEMPERED journal. 

TEMPERED II is a collaborative music journal about backwater Australian music, and is a follow up to the first volume published through MoodWarin 2016. It expands upon discussions of power, gender and independence, and shifts its focus towards space, class, autonomy and relocation. Offering perspective from those who have contributed to Australia’s underground music communities, it provides a window into what drives local underground art, and declares a space from which to improve it. 


Panel discussions will cover:

1) Nameless Anxieties of the Underground.

In declaring ourselves underground musicians we acknowledge an 'aboveground' that stands above us. What is it, why are we mad about it, and why do we try so hard to operate as outsiders in the world of independent music, DIY, and punk?

2) Fleeting Success and Forced Closures in Regulatory Sydney.

Finding a space to enact underground music without compromising something of the mission statement is an uphill battle. How have people declared spaces for DIY music in this heavily regulated and expensive city, and what has led to their eventual closure?

3) DIY Space(s) for Sydney.

There are hurdles, roadblocks and barriers to finding space, but there's hope if we look for it. What are the strategies we might take as a community to find, start and maintain spaces that are our own? How have others done it, and how can we retool those ideas in 2018 Sydney?

Panels will feature Tempered editor Max Easton, Alyssa Critchley (University of New South Wales), Bryony Beynon (DIY Space For London), Jason Zoidberg (Monster Mouse), Tom Scott (Blackwire Records) and more TBA.


Performances by:

Incredible (very) new punk band from Sydney merging fast songs and odd dynamics with bitter tirades. Featuring three members who have never played in a band prior (learning their instruments in six months), a member of Abigail & Daisy (featured in the first volume of Tempered) and Bryony Beynon on drums, who wrote 'Space; The Big Idea,' the closing article in Tempered II.

A solo performance by Andrew of Enderie and Cured Pink. One of the most effective and subversive electronic artists in the country working out a new set before your eyes. Andrew McLellan co-authored the Tempered II piece 'Standards of Deviation' with Lena Molnar.


The solo project of Del Lumanta (Video Ezy, Dry Finish, Skyline) that defies classification. Unnamable sounds, briefly appearing beats and unchained structures lead to GAS being one of the most interesting members of Sydney's electronic music community. Del wrote the Tempered II piece 'The City Is My Wife,' an interview with Sydney musician Dom Talarico. 


Books will be available for $25 on the day, with more info about Tempered II available at:


TEMPERED II is published by MoodWar and Meatspin Prints, is designed by Sydney's Daryl Prondoso, and compiled and edited by Sydney music writer Max Easton (ex-Mess+Noise and Crawlspace).

Written contributions by Bryony Beynon, Alyssa Critchley, Max Easton, Chloe Alison Escott, Lewis Godwin, Del Lumanta, Andrew McLellan, Lena Molnar, Christina Pap, Mitchell Ryan, Katie Ukleja, Ben Warnock and Freya Zaknich.

Photography and illustrations by Drew Bennett, Kat Cade, Robin Christian, Max Easton, David Forcier, Douglas Lance Gibson, Matthew P Hopkins, Declan Kuch, Carmen Juarez, Sabina Rysnik, Katie Ukleja and Lucy White.



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