Frowning Clouds - Gospel Sounds & More from the Church of Scientology
NOTE: These records came straight from Australia and got in a real tumble on the way to the states--expect corner dings or seam splits with your order!
It’s with great excitement and much nostalgia, that today we have the pleasure of announcing a full length record’s worth of (circa. 2012) material from the real unsung heroes of the Geelong music scene; The Frowning Clouds.
The band who started it all for what we refer to as the thriving music scene that currently remains in Geelong. Anti Fade for one, would not exist without The Frowning Clouds; the biggest musical influence a pimply teen growing up in Geelong could ever ask for.
The band started out as pimply teens themselves in 2006, and by 2008, as 17 year old kids they were invited to play the iconic Golden Plains festival, and played shows around Melbourne and surrounds on a weekly basis for years onward. For a moment they seemed to like they were the next big thing, but for reasons beyond me, their 60’s garage inspired brand of music was largely under-appreciated and they never really got the respect or attention they deserved. A much more appreciated band these days than they ever were during their existence. You could say they were ten years ahead of their time, perhaps?
To summarise the background of Gospel Sounds & More from the Church of Scientology; a large chunk of it could be looked at as the Clouds’ second album that never came out. After releasing their first record in 2010, they worked up a new set of songs, all much more original and “their own sound” compared to their first album, but by the time they got into the studio to record with Tim Dunn, they had over 20 tracks. So obviously a lot of them (predominantly the older tracks) didn’t make the sophomore classic, “Whereabouts” LP, and instead came out as a European tour cassette that quickly sold through it’s hundred copies and the songs sat idle on Bandcamp from then onwards.
We were able to compile a lot of stuff from the time, including the above tour tape, two tracks that never actually came out plus a handful of singles that weren’t included on the albums. Owen Penglis who recorded their All Night Long single in 2011 was even able to dig up his original tapes to remix the three tracks from this session.
It’s ten years or more since all of these songs were recorded, yet they still feel as fresh and relative as anything else that’s coming out today. The Frowning Clouds’ “Gospel Sounds & More from the Church of Scientology” LP is out August 5th, 2022.