Current Issue #488

Fringe Review:
No Country For Old Men + Tropical F*** Storm

The even noisier offshoot of modern Australian rock legends The Drones provides the score to a Coen Brothers classic, in a Fringe show that provokes a very specific request from writer Andrew P Street.

This is a review written for only one person, which might seem a little indulgent – but if nothing else it’ll save me having to do a search on LinkedIn or something. If you’re not the intended recipient, just skip to the next review.


Hi there, filmmaker Justin Kurzel. Really love your work, Snowtown was a work of extraordinary vision, and not that we want to tell you how to do your job but might we make a suggestion? 

Your brother Jed has done a fine job scoring your films so far, but how would you feel about letting him take some time off to, say, do another Mess Hall album, while you give Tropical Fuck Storm a bash on a project instead?

See, on the basis of their sparse, atmospheric score for this Fringe performance of No Country For Old Men – a film largely without a soundtrack of its own – Gareth Liddiard, Fiona Kitschin, Lauren Hammel and Erica Dunn’s collective talent for creating music that builds in effect-looped tension before exploding in a cascade of guitars, drums and glorious noise would align perfectly with aspects of your visual style. I mean, we know their chops as songwriters, but I had no idea their musical aesthetic would adapt to soundtrack work so perfectly.

In fact, while the music was gloriously appropriate to the action on screen, it would work just as well with some of the more explosive bits of The True History of the Kelly Gang. 

Anyway, just a thought. Seems like you’re all on the same page, you should definitely have a chat. 

Yours ever, APS

Tropical F*** Storm performed at RCC on Friday 28 February

Until 29 February

No Country For Old Men + Tropical F*ck Storm

Andrew P Street

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Andrew P Street is a freelance writer whose books include The Short And Excruciatingly Embarrassing Reign Of Captain Abbott (2015) and The Long And Winding Way To The Top (2017).

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