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Stalking Like Candy 'Friedrich Nietzsche' Single & Video


Following closely in the wake of their successful debut album, Punctronika, Art-Rock assemblage Stalking Like Candy return with an EP that is a pastiche of generational dark humour and a monstrous sense of creative freedom. Lead single Friedrich Nietzsche is as manic and inspired as its name demands, signalling a significant departure from their previously more conventional songwriting.

The playfulness of this EP comes off the back of the work put into the well received debut album, Punctronika, which garnered considerable traction across Australia’s community radio network and editorial support from national discovery platform Triple J Unearthed.



The album was also featured on international stations Radio AFK Max (Germany), KDTR FM (USA) and Campusradio Jena (Germany) with lead single Cause Yr Like Me being featured on internationally syndicated radio show Lopsided World Of L. This positive feedback from national and international listeners proving to bolster central songwriter Jamie Quasar’s childlike sense of creative play.

The EP takes the freak-wave compositions of Mr Bungle and shines them up with Dust Brothers production, these ideas and practices are then dragged into the multi-narrative 21st century with themes that dance from self-care to misanthropy. Friedrich Nietzsche equally delicate as it is harrowing as it illuminates Dr J’s PhD in political philosophy with nimble flute lines and maniacal incantations in a spacious mosh-pit, the backing vocals were recorded in the bunkers on Malabar Headland.



The subtle resourcefulness of Stalking Like Candy belies their dada-istic methods. Title track Black Samba is a patchwork of a thirty minute improvisation by guitarist Ray Ledesma (ex Rastawookie), which Dr J cut up and wove together like a seamless performance, similar practice is involved with the guitar solo in Nine Round Blitz, consisting of over two hundred guitar samples. The last track, Cant You See, features several field recordings made in Japan last year, some from the sound installations of the Echigo Tsumari triennale.

Stalking Like Candy is Dr J aka Jamie Quasar multi-instrumentalist and band leader, Syd Green (ex Mantissa, currently 19-Twenty) producer, aficionado of vintage gear and globetrotting drummer and then there’s Max Sadowski, anarchist videographer and the live members Gabe Herr on bass and Ales Svoboda on drums. It’s with this modular dynamic that the group impart their projects with a joyous uncertainty, twisting amongst multiple perspectives and patching together sonic impressions.

Black Samba Launch Event: 29/11/2019 - The Townie, Sydney NSW.

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