Shaun Prescott’s ‘The Necessary Ugliness of Sadistik Exekution’ – Up Now on LitHub

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Yesterday, our friends over at Literary Hub—the global literary content aggregator that republishes excellent pieces and excerpts from so, so many literary magazines and publishers—posted an exclusive essay from Issue 29 of TLB, Shaun Prescott’s ‘The Necessary Ugliness of Sadistik Exekution’. It’s a piece with a quiet force – ostensibly about the antics of Australian death metal band Sadistik Exekution, it soon reveals itself to be a moving elegy for a past Sydney that has been priced out of the market:

Sydney is a city where everything must be under control. There are rules for everything and they are carefully abided by. Pubs and clubs in Sydney’s King’s Cross are no longer permitted to let people through their doors after 1:30am, and it’s impossible to buy grog after 10pm. Revelers accustomed to partying in the eastern suburbs have migrated to the inner-west, especially Newtown, to dodge these new conditions, leading to threats that the same rules will be enforced in other suburbs. (An element of NIMBYism appears to be at play.) Sydney is a city wondering where to get a drink, where it’s virtually forbidden to dance through the night. Venues like the legendary Annandale Hotel, on loud, restless Parramatta Road, are besieged—and ultimately shut down by noise complaints. There is no chaos. Even the kebab stores reportedly have curfews.

Go ahead and read it, why doncha?


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(Shots of Issue 29 courtesy of the lovely Alan Weedon.)