Whether it's the mutated synth-punk of Set-Top Box or the fractured power pop of Tee-Vee Repairman, the Sydney weirdo Ishka Edmeades is always cranking out nervy eruptions across his bedroom recording projects. He's now summoned another alter ego; Remote Control. Today we have the pleasure of premiering the project's debut single "Everyone is the Same."
Ishka Edmeades has been restlessly spearheading the Sydney underground garage punk scene for the last few years through his oddball solo ventures like Satanic Togas, Tee-Vee Repairman, Set-Top Box and serving as lead guitarist in Gee Tee and Research Reactor Corp. He also runs the Sydney-based weirdo cassette punk label Warttmann Inc., who have been on a roll.
Edmeades has unveiled another bedroom project called Remote Control, which has apparently been on the backburner for the past couple years after teasing the project through limited cassettes right before the pandemic. Today he has shared the project's first track, "Everyone is the Same," ahead of its self-titled debut EP out May 20th through Under The Gun Records and Under Heat Records. Swarming forward with its cleverly tight, maxed out guitar agitation, paranoid-induced vocals and shriller squalls, "Everyone is the Same" might be one of Edmeades rawest and most aggressive tracks yet as it veers into total chaos that splits your head wide-open over its one-minute runtime.
"Remote Control started simply due to pandemic boredom," Edmeades said via email. "The songs were written and recorded in four hours back in March of 2020 and I just dubbed a couple of tapes for mates and my favorite Warttmann Inc. customers. I can't remember how many I did, but Billiam got his hands on one and asked if he could put it out."
Even though Edmeades said this new project may never see the stage, he will be coming over to states in late September for a short tour with Gee Tee and Research Reactor Corp., including a stop at Memphis' garage rock extravaganza Gonerfest.
"There's nothing planned for Remote Control. Maybe well play a show? But we probably won't," he says. "There's a couple things coming out from my other projects this year though, including A Tee-Vee Repairmann LP that's pretty much done. Satanic Togas and RRC should have new albums out sometime soon as well. I've been doing a project with JJ of The Gobs and Billy in RRC called 3D & The Holograms and there's an LP and a 7" coming out on Roachleg Records and Goodbye Boozy, respectively."
Pre-orders for Remote Control are available now through Under The Gun and Under Heat Records. Pre-order the EP here.