Australian pub-rock legends TISM have ensured that your Good Friday is set to be a Great Friday, releasing an archival live album on Spotify earlier today.
For the last 16 years, the world has been sadly lacking the presence of TISM. Having broken up quietly at the end of 2004, the band’s energetic onstage antics, witty lyrics, and take-no-prisoners (and give-no-fucks) attitude made them a firm favourite of the Aussie live scene.
Throughout their time together, the band only released one commercially-available live album, with 1996’s Machines Against The Rage complementing a number of live VHS (and later, a sole DVD) releases shared during their career.
However, following their long-awaited debut on Spotify in January, TISM have now graced their listeners with an unexpected item from the vaults, releasing a 1988 live record on streaming services today.
Check out TISM’s Live At The Corner Hotel 30 May 1988:
Simply titled Live At The Corner Hotel 30 May 1988, the album shows TISM a few months before the release of their debut album, Great Truckin’ Songs Of The Renaissance, and showcases their status as one of the finest live bands going around at the time.
While it features plenty of tracks that would become staples of their live set, a handful of non-album B-sides also make an appearance, alongside ‘Opium Is The Religion Of The Masses’, a song that would never appear in other format.
Notably, this isn’t actually an official release by TISM, and this live recording has circulated online as a bootleg for more than a decade. Regardless of its history, it still serves as an example of the band’s exemplary status on the live scene at the time.
If you’re keen to listen to this live album, it’s available on Spotify and Apple Music now. Given that it appeared without fanfare, there’s no word yet if further archival releases might make their way online in the future.