Deaf Wish photo by Ela Stiles

“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is a member of noisy, angular and muscular Melbourne four piece Deaf Wish whose first album “Pain” for Sub Pop had us excited enough to have them on these pages choosing a Lucky 7 songs, and who are now back with a discordant vengeance with a second for the infamous Seattle label, out now, it’s called “Lithium Zion” and it’s like Sonic Youth “Rather Ripped” mixed with the best of Amphetamine Reptile – claustrophobic as hell, a blazing Dante’s inferno of nauseous nuance and uproarious rawness. And as mentioned on these pages before, what with new label-mates Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, there’s definitely something going down in Melbourne again. But if Rolling Blackouts CF carry echoes of the Go-Betweens, Deaf Wish are kindred spirits to the darker mores of the Birthday Party. And it’s worth celebrating that today, we’ve got Deaf Wish guitarist / vocalist Sarah Hardiman back on these pages. Welcome back to VS!

Bandcamp recently said singer/guitarist Jensen Tjhung’s vocals “bear more than a passing comparison to Thurston Moore’s” (you decide on new video “Metal Carnage”)…

…however, Sarah who leads on “FFS” has definitely got a tinge of Kim Gordon (and a tad of Gordon’s Free Kitten bandmate & friend of VS Julie Cafritz too)…and like Sonic Youth, this is a band with members all writing and offering up their own strident and distinctive voices.

Here’s the beautifully dark artwork to “Lithium Zion”.

With all the members of Deaf Wish bringing something unique to the mix, I was intrigued to hear Sarah’s song choice, and I wasn’t disappointed. So without further ado, here’s Sarah’s “song for ewe”…

“I chose a song from the Patrick Cowley ‘Muscle Up’ record I got yesterday. It’s called ‘Somebody To Love Tonight’, it’s one of the songs he wrote for gay porn films. It’s dirty, fun, rebellious and proud. You can hear how much he loved music and loved making music and that really cheers me up and motivates me.”


Lithium Zion
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2JZzvWD
Apple Music: https://apple.co/2LRZKQV
Bandcamp: https://bit.ly/2LDdtxA

Deaf Wish are touring Europe with label mates Hot Snakes this Autumn…

Oct. 11- Berlin, DE – Lido $
Oct. 12- Hamburg, DE – Molotov $
Oct. 13- Lund, SE – Mejeriet $
Oct. 14- Goteborg, SE – Pustervik $
Oct. 15- Stockholm, SE – Debaser $
Oct. 16- Copenhagen, DK – Hotel Cecil $
Oct. 18- Kortrijk, BE – De Kreun $
Oct. 19- London, UK – Oslo $
$ w/ Hot Snakes

If you missed it last time, here’s Deaf Wish’s Lucky 7 for Velvet Sheep…

DEAF WISH – Lucky 7