As complicated and beautiful as a glacier, and at times just as dangerous, Decoder Ring have been making more waves in the Australian music scene than a sumo wrestler on a jet ski. Why would a sumo wrestler be riding a jet ski? Well maybe said sumo wrestler just heard the Ring’s new LP Fractions and was so overwhelmed by the combination of soaring, shimmering vocals, blistering indie-rock guitar noise and enough electronic wanderings to give Radiohead a run for their money, that the sumo wrestler was all like, ‘Screw my life on the mat! It’s time to see the world!’
Cuz Decoder Ring are a pretty inspirational outfit. The band’s pool room is sagging with trophys these days, following the huge success of the soundtrack these musical whiz kids knocked together for Aussie director Cate Shortland’s debut feature, Somersault. The emotive, lush, dreamy soundscape saw Decoder Ring winning a coverted AFI Award for Best Soundtrack, as well as a truckload of others.
Following this, the group accepted the invitation to play the 2005 Big Day Out – but only if they could play all new, previously unheard and yet-to-be-written stuff. In the Boiler Room. Yu-huh – the Boiler Room. Um, haunting experimental electronica alongside the Chemical Brothers? What the? Well, it worked like a charm and the group delivered a spitfire set with the energy of rock ‘n’ roll alongside the dancefloor groove of electro rock. In fact they had so much fun doing it, they used these musical ideas to create 2005’s epic Fractions. Critics wet their pants, fans’ mouths dropped, the band went on tour and our friend the sumo wrestler zoomed into a glowing orange sunset. The End.
Releases: Spooky Action At A Distance [EP], 2002
Decoder Ring, 2002