A three-piece from Melbourne, Australia consisting of Michael Beach (guitars and vocals), Adam Camilleri (bass) and Peter Warden (drums), Electric Jellyfish tells stories of existential dread with a bluesy swagger. Their songs can be sparse, driving, heavy, and wild, with an emotional energy that hangs ponderously and precariously in the balance between calm and terror. There’s also a pulsing experimental vein coursing through their work, and EJ produce some of their most compelling sounds when giving the bleeding amp, avant-rock treatment to extended improvisational jams reminiscent of CAN or Sunburned Hand of the Man.
Since 2008, they have released records on the Thurston Moore / Byron Coley collaborative label Ecstatic Yod, Spectacular Commodity, and Twin Lakes Records, touring both the USA and Australia behind each release.
Trouble Coming Down was released in the US in March 2012 by Twin Lakes Records – a raw, elemental EP infused with post-punk fury that is now out of print due to popular demand. Electric Jellyfish followed with an extensive US tour that saw the band share the stage with the likes of legendary underground Australian band Feedtime (Sub Pop), The Men (Sacred Bones), Spectre Folk (Woodsist), Carlton Melton, Hank IV (Siltbreeze), and play multiple shows at the SXSW Music Festival. While at SXSW they performed at a showcase for Jersey City's widely influential independent radio station WFMU, curated by WFMU music director and taste-maker Brian Turner.
The band then returned to their native Australia for a tour in September, where they found time to record their next LP Crooked Ploughs, set for a 2013 release in the months to come.
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“… this Melbourne, Australia trio taps into the three-decade wellspring of loud, harsh post-punk blues-inversion that that city/region has been famous for—going back to the Birthday Party and their precursor, The Boys Next Door.” -- Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover.
“Melbourne Australia's Electric Jellyfish are an incredible psych-punk band, who harness the power of experimental minimalism with anthemic blues-rawk energy.” -- Jason Sigal, WFMU.
“...clanging crashing guitars, pounding tribal drumming, howled feral vox, thick sinewy basslines, swaggery and slithery, punky and low slung, very reminiscent of some of our favorite Aussie bands like Lubricated Goat, Kingsnakeroost, the Scientists, etc.” -- Aquarius Records.