Melbourne-based electronic rock band Black Cab have released their long awaited sixth album Rotsler’s Rules, out now on digital and limited edition vinyl, with launch shows in Melbourne and Sydney.
The album started as a series of free flowing electronica jams at Melbourne’s Bakehouse studios with local producer Graeme Pogson (GL, Bamboos) on drums and dials, and features guest appearances by Evan Tweedie (Husky, DubFX), Lucy Buckeridge (Lowtide) and Steve Law (Zen Paradox) with mixing by long time Cab producer Woody Annison. Black Cab founder members Andrew Coates and James Lee were keen to explore simpler, synth driven ideas with vocal themes influenced by cosplay sub cultures and memes. Exploring the early origins of cosplay took them to William “Bill’ Rotsler, a noted illustrator, sci-fi author and amateur pornographer whose ‘Rotsler’s Rules for Costuming‘ set a loose framework for early sci-fi convention costume events. The band received permission to use an early Rotsler illustration from a 1946 sci-fi fanzine, ‘The Acolyte’ for the front cover.
Rotsler’s Rules is the follow-up to Black Cab’s 2014 double album, Games Of The XXI Olympiad and the 2017 alt-soundtrack album Akira.
Black Cab will launch Rotsler’s Rules with headline shows in Sydney (Friday May 20th) and Melbourne (Sat May 28th). Tickets are on sale now here.
Listen / purchase Rotsler’s Rules here.