No Mandate / Scheme of Things

by 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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Track Name: Scheme of Things
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
Track Name: Manifesto
I have no mandate
You have no mandate
We have no mandate
They have no mandate

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