The World Stinks But Art Stinks More #1: The Armpit Issue with re-issue of Tron by Armpit CD
Published by Root Don Lonie For Cash
Available to purchase from rootdonlonieforcash.blogspot.co.nz
To view as part of the Audio Foundation Zine Collection
The first in a series of fanzines for bands from the epically prolific Root Don Lonie For Cash record label, this issue collects together the kipple of the band Armpit. This is a straightforward method to put together a zine. Bands fall easily into pages of paper with set lists, posters, lyrics, tape covers, hand drawn maps and letters between members cumulating. Collaged, these scraps of paper give an image of Armpit as Waikato/Dunedin/Hitching/Auckland noise punks not letting anything go to waste. There are poetic folky touches with the tribute to dog friend Ringo and the transcript of a dictaphone recorded conversation where the band members talk about living by the motorway. The combination of jokes, grittiness and slight melancholy is also found in the Oats Comics publications by Armpit members CJA and Sugar Jon. The zine features a gentle sparse comic by CJA called “Mantis” where two angel kid punks have a dreamy conversation “But your eyes are just skin and water” and the other replies “To you”. You can listen to the accompanying CD while reading the zine. This works particularly well as the zine doesn’t follow strict page orientations and in the same way the Armpit music uses the loosest of song structures. I’ve noticed that the “The World Stinks But Art Stinks More” statement title is a real honey pot on zine stalls like it’s this mantra-joke that makes perfect nonsense. Look forward to seeing more band kipple from the Don stable.
Ducklingmonster is one of the curators of the Audio Foundation Zine Collection and publishes the zine Space Surveillance Network.
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