Monday, December 31, 2007

Celibate Rifles - The Turgid Miasma of Existence & Beyond Respect

The Celibate Rifles were formed in 1978 by friends at a suburban Sydney high school. Their first full album "Sideroxylon", was released in April 1983 by HOT Records, showcasing eleven original songs full of energy, wit and disrespect for fashion.

1984 was spent recording a number of singles and also releasing their second album "The Celibate Rifles" (aka "5 Languages") to critical acclaim, containing some of the bands most requested live songs to this day.

During 1985 and 1986 the band toured extensively, saw their first two albums compiled for release in the USA and the UK ("Quintessentially Yours" and "Mina Mina Mina"), and also released a third album "The Turgid Miasma Of Existence". Critic David Fricke of Rolling Stone Magazine USA wrote: "At a time when most punk outrage is just witless spleen at 90 mph, these Aussie spitfires have fired off a release that shakes with lyric force and experimental valour, not just speed and volume." Members of the band would later play in The Eastern Dark.

The Turgid Miasma of Existence (1986)

Beyond Respect (2004)

The Celibate Rifles current line up is; Damien Lovelock Vocals and deadly striker - Kent Steedman Guitar and Ginola like left winger - Dave Morris Guitar. Right flanker. Runs like the wind - Paul Larsen Drums. Went to school with Max Krillich. - Mikey Couvret Bass. Throws Alan Thompson torpedo pass.


Anonymous said...

Celebrate rifles are one of my fave Aussie band. have all originals except aka 5 languages very hard to find.
Rock only rare

geololo said...

YOU ARE FANTASTIIIC ! thank you for this! I have a vinyl sample of this great record, that I could not listen to for tens of year due to a move!

I remember having purchased one of their quite recent release, a fully acoustic record! Beautiful! Can't remember the title right now, see what I mean?