Primitive Calculators at The Tote

PRIMITIVE CALCULATORS ARE ON DRUGS! It was so good to see one of my all time FAV bands back in action evolving into the 21st Century at The Tote.

Both Denise Hilton and Frank Lovece have moved on but David Light is still pumping some ugly muscle on bass and Stuart Grant remains as one of my all time favourite frontmen with his caustic wit and jolting lyrics. The two new members re-energerising the combo are Chris Wenn and Raya Slavin.

If you haven't heard their latest single "On Drugs" on It Records, "do yourself a favour" to quote Molly! Being the middle of the year with every so called music tasting making website from Pitchfork to Stereogum to SPIN making their best songs round up for the year, there is NOT one song as good as this return to form by the Primitive Calculators. Welcome back Primitive Calculators V2.0 and long may you prosper. I can't wait to hear their new album, to be released later on this year.

Way back in the early 80's USE NO HOOKS recorded the well known dance track "Do The Job" which was featured on the Chapter Music's brilliant compilation album, "Can't Stop It! II: Australian Post-Punk 1979-84". Stuart Grant was the guest vocalist on that song. The band have only played a handful of show over their 34 years history, so to see founding members Mick Earls and Arne Hanna perform a live set at The Tote was a rare treat. This is why Leaps and Bounds Music Festival is so cool.

Photography by Carbie Warbie. 

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