No Mandate / Scheme of Things

by No Mandate

She whistles sad Sad summer songs She doesn’t know Where she belongs She reckons love Should be in the air But she cannot find It anywhere So she questions every single thing she knows And concludes that's just the way the story goes He hums a tune From the distant past When everything Seemed high contrast Today he sees The world in sepia Drenched in melancholy And nostalgia So he gives up on the hopes he used to entertain And retreats into his private blue domain Wrap it up It’s just another daydream out the door Doesn’t make a difference Shrug it off It’s not like you’ve never seen these things before Nothing too significant In the greater scheme of things Wrap it up It’s just another worldview out the door Doesn’t make a difference Shrug it off It’s not like you’ve never seen these things before Nothing too significant In the greater scheme of things Wrap it up Shrug it off
Manifesto 00:45
I have no mandate You have no mandate We have no mandate They have no mandate


Mellow dub grooves, heavy desert riffs, and short bursts of angular punk. This is the sound of new Sydney trio No Mandate. Their debut double EP, "No Mandate / Scheme of Things", will be released as summer breaks - December 1st, 2018, via Tenzenmen Records.

Moving freely across genres and boundaries comes naturally to the three musicians, thanks to their experience in forward-thinking bands such as Hinterlandt, SEIMS, Meniscus, and many more.

The eponymous No Mandate EP constitutes the band’s foundation: instrumental, reggae-tinged rhythms circle themselves and merge with psychedelic fuzz, ultimately culminating in brief explosions of irregular math-rock.

Scheme of Things takes the dub-punk formula a step further. Understated vocals lead the way into increasingly progressive song structures, ending with Manifesto, a 45-second slap in the face of mediocrity that wouldn’t be out of place on an early hardcore seven-inch.

Creating the two EPs was a practice of grassroots egalitarianism: Jochen wrote the music; Alex recorded it in Jochen’s living room; Simeon created the artwork, and recorded additional overdubs at his home under the supervision of Harry the cat.

No Mandate will bring their songs to life onstage across a 10-date tour in celebration of summer, great music, and the release of No Mandate / Scheme of Things.


06 Dec 2018 | Port Macquarie | Lounge Room
07 Dec 2018 | Newcastle | Lass O’ Gowrie
08 Dec 2018 | Wollongong | Servo Food Truck Bar
20 Dec 2018 | Sydney Redfern | The Dock
21 Dec 2018 | Sydney Dee Why | Halfback Books
04 Jan 2019 | Katoomba | Junction 142
05 Jan 2019 | Sydney Newtown | The Townie
09 Jan 2019 | Canberra | Smiths Alternative
10 Jan 2019 | Melbourne Collingwood | The Tote
11 Jan 2019 | Melbourne Brunswick | Bombay Rock



released December 1, 2018

No Mandate is:
Jochen Gutsch – Guitar, Voice, Songwriting
Simeon Bartholomew – Bass, Artwork
Alex O’Toole – Drums, Production

Mastering by Tony Dupe at Abandoned Fireworks Factory.
Released by Tenzenmen Records, December 1, 2018.


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