Single-minded Regurgitator

 

Art-rock outfit Regurgitator own an ARIA award for album of the year, but there won’t be more for the collection. Regurgitator will now release tracks as they see fit, becoming the highest-profile Australian act to shun the albums format. Following the September release of the four-track “Distractions” EP, the band digitally-distributed the tracks “Born Dumb” and “Evil Eye” for free via their  Web site. Over time, recordings may be released in packaged physical versions to coincide with tours, explains Paul Curtis, founder of Brisbane-based Consume Management and Valve Records. The multi-platinum duo – comprising Quan Yeomans and Ben Ely — has built a career from the unconventional. “To be truly independent of the record industry you should forget the old release mentality and match the current listener mentality,” says Yeomans. “This is what we will be doing in the future.” Regurgitator exploded on the scene in 1996 with the debut “Tu Plang”, which peaked at No. 3 on the national albums chart. Synth-pop follow-up “Unit” was a radical departure form their earlier alternative-rock sound, but it still managed to win the 1998 ARIA award for album of the year. Leaving the Warner Music stable, Regurgitator experimented further in 2004 with the “band in a bubble” project, which saw the group record for Valve Records the “Mish Mash!” album in a self-contained glass studio in the center of Melbourne. As part of the “Graphic” animation confab at the Sydney Opera House, the group on Aug. 8 produced a live score to the Japanese anime film “Akira.” On Nov. 10, the band played a free show at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire, ahead of an inaugural visit to the Middle East, where they played shows in Dubai (Nov. 27) and Bahrain (Dec. 3).