Live at the Arthouse, Melbourne September 7th, 2001.
released July 1, 2013
I've been writing Stumblefuck since the mid-90s and finally got to meet him when I crashed at Paul/Warsore's house for a few weeks in 2000. I hoped to see Rupture either live or in rehearsal while I was there, but Stums made it clear that wouldn't be happening. When I questioned Stums about meeting Gus, he flatly dismissed it, saying there was nothing to see and that meeting him would only end badly. At this point all of the members were living in or around Melbourne, so it could have happened, but they were falling apart as a band.
This Arthouse show was the first and only gig they played after my trip to Australia, recorded months after my return to American soil and months before Gus' death. Had they played while I was there, it's likely this mess is what I would have witnessed. A "mess" is the only way I can describe this, really. This has been floating around the Internet for years now on file sharing sites, and I've listened to it heaps of times before asking to release it. Before reading Zombo and Stumblefuck's notes, I had no idea that the *thwock* sound that occurs throughout the recording was the sound of Gus bashing the microphone against his face. Even with a face full of blood, he managed to keep it together most of the time. It may not have been what the Melbourne grind syndicate was looking for in a Rupture performance, but for fan of going on 20 years, even at their worst, it's satisfying.
A few of these songs appeared on their split 7" w/ Opposition Party, but here it is in its entirety with the audio cleaned up as well as possible.
Gus Chamber - Vocals
Stumblefuck - Guitar
Zombo - Bass
some dickhead - Drums
Cover art by Frank Oblak.